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Intergalactic Shakespeare boldly goes to galaxy called Merced


Merced ShakespeareFest has brought a truly unique production to its annual series at the Merced Open Air Theater in Applegate Park.

This year a modern version of the bard’s Comedy of Errors is set in outer space — as in, like, beyond Earth.

On stage, the space station Ephesus finds itself locked in a war with the nearby rogue planet, Syracuse, when two sets of twin brothers board the station unaware that their doppelgangers are also present.

The intergalactic plot twist for Comedy of Errors aims to bring Shakespeare to a whole new audience by making use of the look and feel of pulp science fiction popular from the late 1950s through the early 1970s. Meanwhile, the play remains true to one of the funniest comedies of all time.

As the play progresses, and cases of mistaken identities continue to grow and cause confusion for all involved, aliens, interplanetary merchants, strange technology and outrageous costuming take to the Shakespearean stage like never before.

The final weekend of Shakespeare performances at The MOAT in Applegate Park will take place on Saturday, Sept. 21, at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.; and on Sunday, Sept. 22, at 7 p.m. All performances are FREE for all to enjoy.

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