Cast Member Profile: AARON KAPNER

Aaron Kapner  |  Actor
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......Continued

Schedule of Upcoming Productions

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Production History

The Comedy of Errors & Hamlet  | Open: 05/11/13 Close: 06/23/13 - Central Park's Summit Rock
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:
Who Wears Short Shorts?  | Open: 11/03/07 Close: 11/03/07 - Independent Theater
Take 5 writers - give them 12 hours to write a 15 page script (with a couple of surprises thrown in for fun!). Thrn they hand off to five directors who will be joined by 20 actors who are then given a mere 6 hours to rehearse before putting the show onstage - one night, two shows only! Truly a night of fun as you get to see which cast can pull it off - with an audience vote for awards like Best looking cast and Best use of a prop!

And bonus: it's superhero themed!

The Brave Writers: Matt Klan, Zach Rothman-Hicks, Jennifer Spragg, Michael Weems and Kymm Zuckert

The Tenacious Directors: Kathryn Hnatio, Melissa Nocera, David Pleva, Chris Simon and Christine Vinh

The Glue Holding the Whole 21 Hours Together: Blake Bradford