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Classics Play 2011: The Brothers Menaechmus

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From the people who brought you
last year's Lysistrata . . .


The Brothers Menaechmus

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A Comedy by Titus Maccius PLAUTUS

In a translation by Douglass Parker

Directed by John Given

January 28, 29 and 30, 2011 at 8:00 p.m.

At the Recital Hall of the Fletcher Music Center (School of Music)

On the campus of East Carolina University

FREE Admission      No Tickets Required

Co-sponsored by the Program in Classical Studies

and The Center for Student Leadership & Civic Engagement

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The Play

The Brothers Menaechmus (or Menaechmi) is a second-century B.C. comedy by the oldest Roman comic playwright whose work survives, Plautus.  Known for his slapstick and verbal wit, Plautus is a precursor of modern situation comedies; this play is the direct source for Shakespeare's Comedy of Errors and Rodgers' and Hart's The Boys from SyracuseThe Brothers Menaechmus tells the story of twin brothers separated in childhood by a vile kidnapper.  Now adults, they find themselves in the Greek city of Epidamnus.  They meet everyone in the city, except each other.  Even the one brother's wife—and his beautiful courtesan lover—cannot tell them apart.  Featuring a cast of clueless twins, clever slaves, seductive prostitutes, quack doctors, burly sailors, disgruntled wives, gourmet chefs, tottering fathers and even a hungry parasite, The Brothers Menaechmus will leave its laughing audiences seeing double.

Roman Masks
Cast and Crew

Menaechmus One:  Kelly Hunnings
Menaechmus Two:  Darrell Purcell
Diddley: Brandy Whorley
Smug: Audrianna Frederick
Loveykins: Alexandria White
Dovey: Colleen Kilcoyne
Antiquides: Danielle Bryan
Dr. Klyster: Rosie Markadakis
Spatula: Michael Gambino
Skivvee: Cecilia Collins
Company: Samantha Canada, Steven Knezevic, Daniel McClure, Ushma Patel, Courtney Wells

Stage Manager:  Desiree Brandt
Lighting Designer:  Joshua Pake
Costume Designer: Louanne Hoverman
Music Director:  Will Banks
Advertising Manager:  Tricia Wilson-Okamura