We are thrilled to have Mario Arciniega return to SHAKESPEARE IN THE HILLS this year playing “Antipholus of Ephesus” in The Comedy of Errors opening this Friday, August 3 at the Laguna Hills Community Center.
What sort of person is going to love this show?
I think anybody who loves physical comedy and screwy mix-ups will absolutely love this show!
Why did you want to be involved in SHAKESPEARE IN THE HILLS?
I like the amiable vibe. It’s great getting away from LA every once and a while and just having a fun easygoing time that the company brings.
What’s going to surprise people about this show?
Call someone out by name: who must come see this production?
Miguel Gallegos and Zaira Victor
What do you love about this character?
That I’m able to make it a physical role! It’s so much fun.
What’s the biggest challenge about taking on this role?
Finding the right story arc pacing for him. I feel, if done right, he can definitely be hilarious depending on when I delicately pick and choose when to explode with him.
Besides yourself, what celebrity would you like to see tackle this character?
Without giving anything away, what’s your favorite line of dialogue?
“An Iron Crow!”
If you could play any other Shakespeare character, who would it be?
“Iago.” I would love to play a more manipulative villain.
If someone was going to make your life into a movie, who would play you?
When did you first perform?
I first performed my senior year of high school as “the Mad Hatter.”
Besides this one, what’s your favorite stage show?
Pterodactyls by Nicky silver. I love dark comedy.
Who do you look up to (as an actor/director/etc.)?
Thomas Bauer. I strive for the excellence that he has achieved.
When you have a five-minute break during rehearsal, what do you spend that time doing?
Catching Pokémon. Erm… studying lines…
Who’s the funniest person in the cast in real life?
I dare anyone to challenge me when saying David Cromer is the funniest person, hands down. Clever, witty, and dorky, his humor is good for all ages.
If you had a magic wand, what show would you do next?
What’s the last thing you do before you step out on stage?
I try to go through the different breaths my character would be taking during the show depending on his emotions.
ACTOR’S BIO: Mario Arciniega – “Antipholus of Ephesus”
Mario Arciniega is an East Los Angeles actor who has many experiences performing Shakespeare with characters like “Benedick,” “Demetrius,” and “Lucio” under his belt. Taking many Shakespeare and Improv classes he hopes to one day perform at the Shakespeare Oregon Festival and Griffith Park. Mario would like to thank his Mom and Dad for pushing him to keep going, his brother Thomas for always setting the bar to which he hopes to achieve, and Alexis Tapia for always being there to run lines and encouraging him to do better.
This summer, join SHAKESPEARE IN THE HILLS for Shakespeare’s zany comedy of adventure, mayhem, and mistaken identity! The Comedy of Errors tells the tale of two sets of twins split apart by a tragic shipwreck at a young age. Years later, unbeknownst to them, they have all ended up in the same town, unaware that they are being mistaken for each other.
With vaudeville performance, slapstick humor, immersive staging, and Shakespeare’s comedic writing, this production for all ages is not to be missed!
Bring a blanket or your lawn chair, bring your meal and make it a picnic event for SHAKESPEARE IN THE HILLS‘ outdoor performance presented by On The Edge Theatre Productions. All performances are held at the Laguna Hills Community Center & Sports Complex’s Gazebo and Town Green.
Snacks and refreshments will be available for purchase at this family event. All participants of age 12 and under must be accompanied by a paying adult. Tickets are sold (cash only) on the day of the show. You may also purchase your ticket early online (class registration). No refunds or transfers for this event. Call (949) 707-2680 for more information.
Performances @ 7 pm, August 3rd & 4th, 10th & 11th, 17th & 18th. Tickets $10
Age 12 and under free. All participants of age 12 and under must be accompanied by a paying adult. Tickets are sold (cash only) on the day of the show. You may also purchase your ticket early online (class registration). No refunds or transfers for this event. Snacks and refreshments will be available for purchase at this family event. Call 949-707-2680 for more information.
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