Speakeysie News Desk – March 10, 2020
Much Ado About Nothing
Directed by Andrew Houchins
$15 General Admission Preview Thursday March 12, 2020
$20 General Admission Preview Friday March 13, 2020
Performances March 14-April 5, 2020
Shakespeare’s second-famous “battle of the sexes” play. Will Benedick, the ever-confirmed bachelor, admit his love for the equally witty and equally independent Beatrice? Will the young lovers Claudio and Hero survive the devious meddling of others? What do you want to bet there will be two weddings in the end?
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Leonato, Governor of Messina, is host to Don Pedro, the Prince of Arragon, who has come from suppressing a rebellion by his bastard brother, Don John. With Pedro are John, now “reconciled” to him; Claudio, a young Florentine lord, of whom John is bitterly resentful; and a Paduan lord, Benedick, said to be a confirmed bachelor and engaged in a “merry war” with Leonato’s niece, Beatrice, apparently a confirmed spinster. Claudio loves Leonato’s daughter, Hero; Don John swears to thwart him. After a masked ball the wedding of Claudio and Hero is planned. Borachio, Don John’s follower, tells him that having seen that the Prince and Claudio are listening, he will exchange love vows by night with Hero’s gentlewoman, dressed in her mistress’s clothes, at Hero’s bedroom window.
Pedro, Claudio and Leonato ensure that Benedick (hidden in a garden arbour) hears them discuss Beatrice’s presumably passionate love for him. Hero and Ursula play a similar trick on the listening Beatrice (here the passion is Benedick’s). On the night before the wedding Don John offers to give the Prince and Claudio proof of Hero’s unfaithfulness. Later, Borachio heard boasting about his successful deceit to a drunken comrade, is arrested by the Watch and taken to Dogberry, the constable. Before Leonato can know anything, the wedding ceremony is due. In the church Claudio denounces Hero, who faints. The Friar proposes that Hero be reported dead and hidden until the truth is known. Beatrice, much grieved, urges Benedick to kill Claudio. At length all is revealed and the penitent Claudio promises to marry a niece of Leonato, said to be the image of the “dead” Hero. She is, of course, Hero herself; Beatrice and Benedick, as expected, resolve their “merry war,” and news comes that Don John has been taken prisoner.
-The Pocket Companion to Shakespeare’s Plays by J C Trewin
Don Pedro, Prince of Aragon – Vinnie Mascola
Don John, his bastard brother – J.L. Reed
Claudio. follower of Don Pedro – Sariel Toribio
Benedick, follower of Don Pedro – Nicholas Faircloth
Leonato, Governor of Messina – Anja Lee*
Antonio, his brother – J. Tony Brown*
Hero, daughter to Leonato – Alexandra Pica
Beatrice, niece to Leonato – Kirstin Calvert
Margaret, gentlewoman attending Hero – Amanda Lindsey
Ursula, gentlewoman attending Hero – Carlyle DePriest
Borachio, follower of Don John – Joshua Goodridge
Conrade, follower of Don John – Payton Briggs Anderson
Dogberry, a constable – Maurice Ralston*
Verges, a neighbor – Adam King
Sexton – J. Tony Brown*
Friar Frances – Adam King
Balthasar, follower of Don Pedro – Johnny Bakis
The Watch – J.L. Reed, Carlyle DePriest, Johnny Bakis
Musicians – Adam King, Payton Briggs Anderson, Carlyle DePriest
Party Guest – Maurice Ralston*
Soldiers- Maurice Ralston*, Adam King
Ensemble – Amanda Lindsey, Joshua Goodridge, Payton Briggs Anderson, Maurice Ralston*, J.L. Reed, Carlyle DePriest, Johnny Bakis
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Seating areas: Main Floor Seats, Box Seats (on floor) and Balcony Seats
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