Speakeysie News Desk – August 29, 2022
Much Ado About Nothing
Directed by Andrew Houchins
$15 General Admission Preview ThursdaySeptember 8, 2022
$20 General Admission Preview Friday September 9, 2022
Runs September 10-October 2, 2022
Sponsored by C. Matthew Palmer
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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Beatrice- Jaclynn Hofmann Faircloth
Benedick- Nick Faircloth
Hero- Kelly Clare Toland
Claudio- Daryel T Monson
Don Pedro- Chris Hecke
Don John/ Watch- Kenneth Wigley
Borachio- Tyra Watkins
Conrade- Mila Bolash
Dogberry- O’Neil Delapenha (Sept 8-25) | Ebony Jerry (Sept 29-Oct 2)
Verges- Adam King
Leonato- Charlie Thomas
Antonio/ Sexton- David Rucker III
Ursula/ Watch- Cameryn Richardson
Margaret- Amanda Lindsey McDonald
Balthasar/Watch- Mary Ruth Ralston
Much Ado Synopsis
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
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