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Much Ado About Nothing

Directed by Jillian Tucker, 2003

The Players

Leonato, Governor of Messina: Priya Chalam
Hero, her daughter: Clara Schuhmacher
Beatrice, her niece: Sophie Klein
Antonio, her brother: Ben Feigenberg
Ursula, waiting gentlewoman to Hero: Jamieson Bunn
Margaret, waiting gentlewoman to Hero: Anika Schwarzwald

Don Pedro, Prince of Aragon: Mark Scott
Signior Benedick, a gentleman: Matt Lueders
Count Claudio, a young lord: Chase Ferrell
Don John, Don Pedro’s brother: Andrew Hirsch
Borachio, Don John’s follower: Daniel Hernándezndez
Conrade, Don John’s follower: Lily Bernheimer

Dogberry, Master Constable: Ben Kamber
Verges, Dogberry’s partner: Jenna Scuito
Seacoal, leader of the Watch: Shauna Edson
First Watchman / Sexton: Leah Pearlman
Second Watchman / Messenger: Sarah Sussman
Friar Francis: Thesy Surface

The Crew

Stage Manager and Production Manager: Brendon Parry
Costumes: Sarah Thomas, Loreal Monroe, Nathan Knight
The two songs sung in the play...
Lyrics by William Shakespeare
Music by Jillian Tucker

Just a few “notes” from the Director:
"Note this before my notes: There’s not a note of mine that’s worth the noting.” In Shakespeare’s day “nothing” was pronounced “noting,” making the title “Much Ado About Noting.” Naturally, Shakespeare happily abuses this homonym to our aural enjoyment. Ado is one of Shakespeare’s most beloved comedies, but it also tackles some and introduces other of Shakespeare’s most important themes -- namely deception, the power of Lady Fame (rumor), jealousy, and in particular the parent-child relationship. Shakespeare illustrates this relationship with Leonato and his (or, in our version, her) daughter Hero; a relationship that Shakespeare himself realizes is so complex that he will later write an entire play about it - this time a tragedy, with a certain king by the name of Lear. The father-daughter relationship Shakes tackles has been modified in our version to the mother-daughter relationship, and I invite you to “note” the maternal bent to the commentary that change provides. I would do Wills ill service indeed if I did not note too the “merry war betwixt” his Benedick and Beatrice, the self-proclaimed ever-bachelor and bachelorette who are considered one of his most mature couples. I will say simply that there are few passages in all of literature that privilege the ear to such a brilliant “squirmish of wit” as every scene with these two do. Enjoy. “And there’s an end.”

I would like to especially thank: Mom, Dad, and Kimberly. Nana Thomas, Brendon Parry, Loreal Monroe, Nathan Knight, Andrew Hertz, the Gaggle, everyone from BADA and the ASF, my cast, Elizabeth Koe, and William Shakespeare.