If the persistent, outgoing frigidity of 2013-14 constituted the "winter of our discontent" for Winnipeggers, the theatrical company Shakespeare in the Ruins is responding by mounting one of the Bard's shortest, lightest, breeziest plays in its 2014 season.
On April 23, SIR artistic co-chair Kevin Klassen announced the production of The Comedy of Errors at the St. Norbert Ruins site during a celebration of Shakespeare's 450th birthday, complete with cake and multilingual readings of Shakespearean soliloquies and sonnets.
"We haven't done a straight-up comedy since we did The Merry Wives of Windsor back in 2010," Klassen said.
"We just figured, given how brutal the winter was, to just have everyone come out to a beautiful park to just sit back and not have to think too hard."
Klassen is in the cast, playing one of two pairs of twins separated at birth and subject to the play's complications of love, mistaken identity, witchcraft and mayhem.
Shakespeare in the Ruins (SIR) will present 25 public performances of The Comedy of Errors at the St. Norbert Ruins at the Trappist Monastery Provincial Heritage Park from June 5 to 28, including a public preview on June 4. Tickets are now on sale, with a birthday special of 20 per cent off tickets purchased before May 29 for all performances before June 15.
Tickets range from $10 to $40, available at the venue or in advance at 204-942-5483 and at pte.mb.ca.