By: Tony Davis
UPEI Theatre Studies coordinator Greg Doran (standing, left) works on a scene with Vagabond Productions players Guy Brun and Charlotte Robertson. Vagabond will present A Most Pleasant Comedy of Mucedorus March 12 to 16. (Submitted photo)
It isnâ€™t often directors and theater groups dive into the age of the Renaissance without the world’s most famous playwright, Shakespeare.
This year, Vagabond Productions is presenting a comedy by no known author.
Vagabond is the Theatre Studies Programâ€™s company created by UPEI’s chair of the faculty of arts, Greg Doran.
â€œItâ€™s a play from the period of Shakespeare. It is an anonymous play, we donâ€™t know who wrote it,â€ he said.
Vagabond has been performing various plays since it formed in 2005 as a way to differentiate from the Theater Society.
This years play, A Most Pleasant Comedy of Mucedorus may not have Shakespeare involved, but Doran said you can expect familiarity.
â€œIf you read any comedy by Shakespeare or any of his contemporaries, a lot of the play will feel very familiar.â€
Doran compares the play to the 80s classic, The Princess Bride.
â€œAt the heart of it there is a romance between two characters, so itâ€™s very similar to Princess Bride in that regard. Youâ€™ve got the evil, stereotypical nobleman, again very similar to Princess Bride. We donâ€™t have a giant, but we have a wildman.â€
Shakespeare populated his plays with similar characters and troupes, the young lovers are common in Shakespeareâ€™s works, Doran said.
Vagabond shows are very interactive, with the actors performing scenes in the audience.
â€œThe actors will be performing in and around the audience, there will be a little defined playing space because there are some scenes where we canâ€™t have the audience too close. Itâ€™s very much the Vagabond style of production, it is very open.â€
If you would like to catch a family-friendly Renaissance-style show head over to the Faculty Lounge in the SDU Main Building at UPEI from March 12 to 16.
Doors open at 7:00 pm for a 7:30 pm start. Admission is pay-what-you-can, but space is limited. There are no pre-sale tickets available.