What do The Office, Desperate Housewives, and Law and Order have in common? If you're about to say that they're all TV shows, you're obviously right, but that wasn't the answer I was looking for. In fact, the answer has more to do with theater than with TV. And by theater, I mean the kind of highly regarded theater that will be coming your way in just a few short weeks.
That's right, I'm talking about The Acting Company. Founded in 1972 by an acting professor at the Juilliard School, The Acting Company has since won several awards for their brilliance, including the Tony Honors for Excellence in Theatre in 2003. The New York Times praises them as "the major touring classical theatre in the United States." They have performed in 48 states and 10 different countries with as many as 134 different productions, and many of their alumni may be recognizable to you.
Let's get back to that question I asked, shall we? Drum roll!
Answer: The Office, Desperate Housewives, and Law and Order all feature actors and actresses that were once members of The Acting Company. Rainn Wilson (Dwight on The Office), Harriet Harris (Felicia on Desperate Housewives), and Jesse L. Martin (NYPD Detective Ed Green on Law and Order) each had their beginnings touring with the famous theater company. And while I'm at it, I might as well mention the other prominent actor who, along with fellow Juilliard graduates and under the direction of their professor John Houseman, formed the company in 1972. Recognize the dashing man in the photo? For four years, Kevin Kline toured with The Acting Company as one of its founding members. Today, he is their Board Director (and you can watch a short clip of him talking about the company here).
This February 3rd, The Acting Company will be revisiting a play that they first performed in their 2000-2001 season. Their stage version of The Comedy of Errors is part of a long and flourishing history --Shakespeare's farcical comedy is believed to have first been performed on December 28, 1594 at one of London's law schools, Gray's Inn. Modern adaptations of the story include the film Big Business starring Bette Midler and Lily Tomlin. The Acting Company has modernized the show in this latest interpretation. Check out a preview here.
Get your tickets now for The Acting Company's The Comedy of Errors and come experience one version of a play that has been around for centuries, by a group of actors that is renowned around the world. With alumni members and founders as notable as Kevin Kline, this company's acting is bound to knock your socks off and do justice to one of Shakespeare's oldest plays!