David Greenham calls the summer theater season at the Theater at Monmouth “a dream season for me. We’re doing two Shakespeares, a Shaw, a Mark Twain and then our kids show is ‘The Canterville Ghost,’ based on the Oscar Wilde story. In terms of literature, it’s a wonderful season.”

Monmouth presents its shows in repertory. Each week, something new opens, and the theater presents all its shows throughout the course of its summer season.

The season opened with Shakespeare’s ridiculous comedy, “The Comedy of Errors,” which is full of cases of mistaken identity, slapstick comedy and raucous situations. The story is about two sets of identical twins separated at birth and how they solve the mystery of their identities.

Directed by Curt L. Tofteland, “The Comedy of Errors” has performances on July 22 and 28, and Aug. 6, 7, 10, 11, 13, 15 and 21.

The rest of the season includes Shakespeare’s “Pericles, Prince of Tyre,” Mark Twain’s little-known play “Is He Dead?” and George Bernard Shaw’s “Misalliance.”

Greenham, the company’s producing artistic director, had fun putting this season together. He thinks the Twain comedy will be the surprise of the summer, followed by “Pericles.” Dustin Tucker, a Monmouth regular, stars.

“The Mark Twain piece was discovered a few years ago in a drawer or a box or something like that. It was a play he wrote but did not like and put away,” Greenham said. “When it was discovered, playwright David Ives was hired to write an adaptation of it. He changed some things and really improved it.

“It had a Broadway run in the past few years, and frankly, I am surprised that nobody has really done it. It’s a really fun show. It’s a guy-in-a-dress show.”

The other show of note is “Pericles,” which is rarely produced.

“I actually wonder if we’re the first professional production of ‘Pericles’ in the history of Maine,” Greenham said. “Certainly, we’ve never done it, and I’m not aware of others who might have done it. It’s one of Shakespeare’s late plays, and it’s pretty developed. There is a lot going on.

“If there is a Shakespeare play like Homer’s ‘The Odyssey’ or ‘Star Wars,’ it’s ‘Pericles.’ It’s a great play about a guy’s journey through his life, with sorrow and mystery and redemption and romance and honor and nobility. All of it is in there. It’s a real adventure story.”

The Theater at Monmouth was founded in 1970. It presents most of its plays at Cumston Hall, a glorious and historic theater in central Maine.

Staff Writer Bob Keyes can be contacted at 791-6457 or at: [email protected]