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Title of play & Playwright: comedy of errors by William Shakespeare
Genre of the piece: comedy
What type of audition is the piece suitable for?
I would say the audition piece is suitable for drama schools or universities.
Write a brief Synopsis of play in own words :
Egeon, a merchant of Syracuse, is condemned to death in Ephesus for violating the ban against travel between the two rival cities. As he is led to his execution, he tells the Ephesian Duke, Solinus, that he has come to Syracuse to look for his wife and one of his twin sons, who were separated from him 25 years ago in a shipwreck. The other twin, who grew up with Egeon, is also traveling the world in search of the missing half of their family. (The twins, we learn, are identical, and each has an identical twin slave named Dromio.) The Duke is so moved by this story that he grants Egeon a day to raise the thousand-mark ransom that would be necessary to save his life. Meanwhile, unknown to Egeon, his son Antipholus of Syracuse (and Antipholus’ slave Dromio) is also visiting Ephesus–where Antipholus’ missing twin, known as Antipholus of Ephesus, is a prosperous citizen of the city. Adriana, Antipholus of Ephesus’ wife, mistakes Antipholus of Syracuse for her husband and drags him home for dinner, leaving Dromio of Syracuse to stand guard at the door and admit no one. Shortly thereafter, Antipholus of Ephesus (with his slave Dromio of Ephesus) returns home and is refused entry to his own house. Meanwhile, Antipholus of Syracuse has fallen in love with Luciana, Adriana’s sister, who is appalled at the behaviour of the man she thinks is her brother-in-law. The confusion increases when a gold chain ordered by the Ephesian Antipholus is given to Antipholus of Syracuse. Antipholus of Ephesus refuses to pay for the chain (unsurprisingly, since he never received it) and is arrested for debt. His wife, seeing his strange behaviour, decides he has gone mad and orders him bound and held in a cellar room. Meanwhile, Antipholus of Syracuse and his slave decide to flee the city, which they believe to be enchanted, as soon as possible–only to be menaced by Adriana and the debt officer. They seek refuge in a nearby abbey. Adriana now begs the Duke to intervene and remove her “husband” from the abbey into her custody. Her real husband, meanwhile, has broken loose and now comes to the Duke and levels charges against his wife. The situation is finally resolved by the Abbess, Emilia, who brings out the set of twins and reveals herself to be Egeon’s long-lost wife. Antipholus of Ephesus reconciles with Adriana; Egeon is pardoned by the Duke and reunited with his spouse; Antipholus of Syracuse resumes his romantic pursuit of Luciana, and all ends happily with the two Dromios embracing.
Which Character/ characters have you chosen as your monologue audition piece?
The monologue I have chosen is the monologue of Luciana, as I feel she is a different character to what I would usually play.
Who are they? How old? Wealthy/poor?
I think Luciana is quite a young character as she is adriana’s younger sister and Adrian’s is quite young herself. Luciana is quite wealthy as she lives with her sister and her husband who are high up in society in the place where they live.
What has happened to them up to this point?
• up to this point antipholus has been cheating on Adriana and going off with a prostitute, however, everyone is getting mixed up with the other antipholus as they are identical and so he is being told off for everything antipholus of Ephesus has done.
What is the piece about?
The piece is Luciana coming out of the house and talking to antipholus as she is telling him to treat her sister with respect and to stop cheating on her, or if she does want to cheat on him she should do it in secret to make sure that adriana doesn’t find out and is happy. She thinks she is talking to antipholus of Ephesus but the audience and other characters know she is actually talking to antipholus of Syracuse, which makes her think that he doesn’t understand what she is saying when in actual fact he doesn’t know her, and ends up falling in love with her.
What happens next?
After this monologue, antipholus of Syracuse expresses his love for Luciana and she is disgusted as he is supposed to be her sister’s husband.
Acting Skills the monologue allows you to portray with some examples:
This monologue is quite different to what I would usually play so it gives me chance to express and develop new skills such as finding a new way to characterise to make it different to how I would usually play, and I can take more risks and experiment more.
Themes and issues: a main issue in this is loyalty, as antipholus has been cheating on his wife and is very open about it and it is very hurtful and Luciana is telling him he needs to start treating adriana more like a wife and with more respect.
What type of audition is the piece suitable for? University or drama school auditions
Synopsis: Ephesus and Syracuse are at odds. Any Syracusan found in Ephesus will be
executed unless he can pay a ransom of a thousand marks. Egeon, an old
Syracusan merchant, has been arrested. He explains how he has come to
Ephesus: he and his wife Emilia had identical twin sons and identical
twin slaves, purchased for the purpose of serving the sons. In a
shipwreck many years ago, he was separated from his wife, one son and
one slave. The survivors are renamed in memory of the lost ones:
Antipholus for the son and Dromio for the slave. Once grown to manhood,
Antipholus of Syracuse, with his Dromio, had set off in search of his
brother and mother. Egeon is now in search of them. The Duke gives him
until evening to find the ransom money. By chance Antipholus and Dromio
of Syracuse have also just arrived in Ephesus. The other Antipholus and
Dromio have been living there since the wreck. And so the comedy of
errors ensues. The locals constantly mistake the visiting twins for the
natives – even Antipholus of Ephesus’ wife Adriana and her sister
Luciana are fooled. The confusions result in Antipholus of Ephesus being
arrested for debt and declared mad, while Antipholus of Syracuse take
refuge from his brother’s angry wife in a Priory – where the abbess
turns out to be Egeon’s long-lost wife. All is resolved and Egeon is
Breakdown of characters and their relationships:
Which character have you chosen as your monologue audition piece?
I have chosen Luciana’s monologue as my audition piece.
“And may it be that you have quite forgot
A husband’s office? Shall, Antipholus,
Even in the spring of love, thy love-springs rot?
Shall love, in building, grow so ruinous?
If you did wed my sister for her wealth,
Then, for her wealth’s sake use her with more kindness:
Or, if you like elsewhere, do it by stealth;
Muffle your false love with some show of blindness;
Let not my sister read it in your eye;
Be not thy tongue thy own shame’s orator;
Look sweet, speak fair, become disloyalty;
Apparel vice like virtue’s harbinger;
Bear a fair presence, though your heart be tainted;
Teach sin the carriage of a holy saint;
Be secret-false: what need she be acquainted?
What simple thief brags of his own attaint?
‘Tis double wrong to truant with your bed,
And let her read it in thy looks at board:
Shame hath a bastard fame, well managed;
Ill deeds are doubled with an evil word.
Alas! poor women, make us but believe,
Being compact of credit, that you love us;
Though others have the arm, show us the sleeve;
We in your motion turn, and you may move us.
Then, gentle brother, get you in again;
Comfort my sister, cheer her, call her wife:
'Tis holy sport to be a little vain,
When the sweet breath of flattery conquers strife.“
Who is your character?
My character is Luciana, who is the sister of Adriana (who is married to Antipholus).
How old is your character?
Im not sure how old Luciana is, it doesnt state her age in the play.
Are they wealthy or poor?
I’d say my character is average, I dont think she is well off but I also dont think she is poor. It doesnt state in the text what her status in the play is, sh is just the unmarried sister of Ardriana.
What has happened up to this point?
Up to this point, Antipholus of Syracuse has ended up in the same town that his missing twin brother, Antipholus of Ephesus has married a woman named Adriana and is living with her. Mistakingly, Adriana thinks Antipholus of Syracuse is her husband and drags her back for dinner, whilst his slave, Dromio of syracuse stands guard at the door, and when Antipholus of Ephesus returns home, he is refused enry to his house.
Meanwhile, Antipholus of Syracuse has fallen in love with Luciana, the sister of Adriana, who is shocked and appalled at the behaviour of her believed brother-in-law. She comes out of her house whilst Adriana is having a fit and crying and breaking things (because Adriana has found out that her believed husband, who is in actual fact, Antipholus of Syracuse rather than her actual husband, who is Antipholus of Ephesus, is looking at other women and flirting with other women), and speaks to Antipholus of Syracuse about his behavious and tries to convince him to treat her sister with more respect.