Genre: Comedy, Drama
Written by William Shakespeare, Directed by Mary Riley

This May & June, Spontaneous Shakespeare Players (“SSP”) are back to bring the Bard's The Comedy of Errors & Hamlet to New York City—the way Shakespeare’s own players performed it.

The Comedy of Errors & Hamlet marks the fifth annual FREE Shakespeare productions that SSP has shared with New York audiences at Central Park's Summit Rock and the first year of being produced by Mercia Entertainment.  Dedicated to bringing the Shakespeare of olden times to modern audiences, SSP uses original Elizabethan performance techniques—involving audience interaction, cue scripts-in-hand and LOTS of spontaneity—to bring Shakespeare's words to life in a thrilling and hilarious way.  This is seriously entertaining Shakespeare, the like of which you have never seen before, performed by actors trained in Original Practice rehearsal techniques.  The Comedy of Errors & Hamlet are performed outdoors for FREE so pack your picnic blankets and Central Park friendly lunches.  It’s fun for the whole family!

William Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors is a riotously funny tale of two pairs of twins who, after having been separated at birth, are reunited once again thanks to a series of cases of mistaken identity. Hamlet is a remarkable revenge story that demonstrates the difficulty of knowing truth, innocence, guilt, sanity, insanity, and the real motives behind each character. Watch 13 bold and magnificent actors perform the First Folio Style with cue scripts in hand, all while interacting and entertaining the audience in ways you could never have imagined. This ain't your mama's Shakespeare!

DETAILSFree admission; no tickets required.

We strongly encourage you to bring blankets, cushions or chairs for picnic style seating.

Location: Central Park’s Summit Rock (approx. 83rd St. directly off of Central Park West)

Enter at 85st St. and follow the hill up to the right.

Subway Information: Take the B or C train to the 86st St. stop.   

Running Times:  Comedy runs 90 minutes with no intermission. Hamlet runs 2 hours with 1 intermission


About the Company: Mercia Entertainment

Inspired by the past, celebrating the present, driven toward the future

Mercia Entertainment’s mission is to offer patrons a stimulating, dynamic and educational entertainment experience by retelling classic stories through theater, film, music and art.

Mercia Entertainment produces the following:

Mainstage Shows and Events
The Unstuffy Divas
Storytime with Jen
Spontaneous Shakespeare Players

Cast: Aaron Matteson, Erin Gilbreth
Open:   05/11/13
Close:   06/23/13

The Comedy of Errors
Directed by Mary Riley

Sat., May 11th @ 12:00pm
Sun., May 12th @ 3:00pm
Sat., May 18th @ 12:00pm
Sun., May 19th @ 3:00pm

Directed by Mary Riley

Sat., June 15th @ 12:00pm
Sun., June 16th @ 3:00pm
Sat., June 22nd @ 12:00pm
Sun., June 23rd @ 3:00pm

Theater:   Central Park's Summit Rock
Address:   West 83rd Street & CPW
New York, NY
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Aaron Kapner (to the best of his knowledge) has the record for the most shows performed with Phare Play Productions, this being his 7th collaboration with them...The other six were the original one acts: "Unspoken Arrangements", "Telling Ma", and "That's All Folks!!" (in the first Short Shorts) and the full length plays: "The Eight: Reindeer Monologues", "Dark of the Moon" and "Under A Cowboy Moon". He's also appeared in an adaptation of "Anna Karenina" at the American Theater for actors, two productions in the Sam French Play Contest, and numerous Shakespeare staged readings....Viva le Phare Play...
Mary Virginia Adriana & Gertrude

Mary was born in Portsmouth, Virginia, and currently lives in Greenwood Lake, NY.  Film & Web: Payaso (Clown)Three from the BlockThe Otherworld, and Poker NightTheater: Glinda in The Wizard of Oz, Rona Lisa Peretti in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Rosalind in As You Like It, Mercutio in Romeo & Juliet, Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing, Helena & Titania in A Midsummer Night's Dream with the Spontaneous Shakespeare Players, title role in the world premiere of Anna Nicole: Blonde Glory with Xoregos Performing Company, Lady Macbeth inVoodoo Macbeth with Mercia Entertainment, Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire with Thunder Bay Theatre, Hermione in The Winter's Tale with Southwest Shakespeare Company, and Claire in Proof with Winni Playhouse. She received her Bachelor of Music from East Carolina University, and a Master of Arts from Radford University. She is the Founder & Co-Producing Artistic Director of Greenwood Lake Theater.  Love to Antonio, family, friends, six beautiful nieces and sweet fur kids Cleopatra and Caesar for their continued love, support and slobbery kisses! Mary is a proud member of Actor's Equity & SAG-AFTRA.


Blanche in A Streetcar Named Desire

The Witch in Into the Woods




Jennifer is proud to be a founding member of MosesMogilee.  Past MosesMogilee credits includeThe Game (Life) and Much Ado About Nothing(Beatrice).  Jennifer studied theatre at Boston College, where favorite credits include A Little Night Music(Petra) and Swimming After Dark (Claudia).  Jennifer is also a graduate of Circle in the Square.  She would like to thank Brandon and Mike for making this happen.  Love and thanks always to her incredibly supportive family and 'fans' 


COLLIN BIDDLE: Recent shows include Southern Baptist Sissies, Closet Madness, Stuck, Dive Bar and Fade to Black (both by Chuck Orsland), An Ideal Husband, When Joey Married Bobby, Twelfe Night, All’s Well That Ends Well.  Regional credits include Measure for Measure, Much Adoe About Nothing, Romeo & Juliet and Taming of the Shrew.  Appearing in the upcoming films Bad Parents and The Search for Agent Z.  Additional credits and information at  With love and thanks to Ann and the girls.