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Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company to Perform at King University

BRISTOL, Tenn., Feb. 8, 2016 – King University’s Theatre Department is pleased to welcome the Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company from Grand Haven, Mich. On Feb. 20, the Company will perform “Comedy of Errors” at 7:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Theatre on King’s main campus in Bristol, Tenn. While at King, Pigeon Creek will also offer workshops for the King community.

“We are thrilled to have the Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company to visit King, both to perform and to give several workshops for the community,” says Kiara Pipino, assistant professor of Theatre at King. “Pigeon Creek’s visit will serve the Shakespeare season as we have been honoring him throughout this year in remembrance of the 400th anniversary of his death. The actors will give our students, our community a multi-faceted idea of the different faces of Shakespeare and all that it can be.”

Pipino adds, “I’m very fond of the Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company because there are few theatre companies around the world that are true to their mission as they are. They are very much pursuing the true thing – the essence of Shakespeare. The company is made up of, specifically, Shakespearean-trained actors.”

The Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company’s performance philosophy is based primarily on the original staging practices of acting companies from Shakespeare’s own period. The use of original staging practices is a recent movement in the production of Shakespeare's plays, a movement with such proponents as the American Shakespeare Center in Staunton, Va. Since its founding, the Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company has sought to explore such original practice elements as performance in non-traditional theatrical spaces; universal lighting; minimal sets; cross-gendered casting; doubling (playing multiple roles in the same play); and company structure (taking part in both production and business aspects of the company).

One of Shakespeare’s earliest plays, “The Comedy of Errors” is also one of his shortest and farcical comedies, including slapstick and mistaken identity in addition to puns and word play. The play tells the story of two sets of identical twins accidentally separated at birth. When encountered by friends and families, a series of wild mishaps based on mistaken identities lead to wrongful beatings, a near-seduction, an arrest, and false accusations of infidelity, theft, madness, and demonic possession.

Included in their time at King University will be several workshops for the King community, which will include a performance of scenes by actors from their company, and interactive exercises for students. The workshops are designed for both theatre and literature classes.

For more information on the performance or workshops by Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company contact Kiara Pipino at 423.652.4839 or kpipino@king.edu.

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