FRIDAY STAGED READING
June 2, 2017 at 8:00pm
Much Ado About Nothing
by William Shakespeare
directed by Andrea Holliday
University Church, 5655 S. University Avenue in the Sanctuary Cafe
Admission is $5 at the door.
“There is a kind of merry war betwixt Benedick and Beatrice. They never meet but there’s a skirmish of wit between them.” – Leonato
These words are uttered in the opening scene of this brilliant romantic comedy. It’s among Shakespeare’s most popular and accessible works.
While Beatrice and Benedick are perhaps the most unforgettable, you’ll meet ten other characters, all vying to win your affection — or in the case of the arch-villain, to repel you. You’ll witness the turbulent courtship of Claudio and Hero, whose love is nearly torn apart by fraud and slander. Hero’s father, Leonato, will have his heart broken before your eyes and made whole again. You’ll see numerous battles of wits; a couple of scarcely-sidestepped sword fights ; lots of plotting and scheming; and a treasury of trickery.
The Players will present an abridged reading of the play lasting less than an hour. You won’t be flummoxed by loads of Elizabethan lingo, and we’re going to do our darndest to make every word crystal-clear.
The reading is followed by treats available for purchase from the Sanctuary Cafe and a moderated discussion.
Featuring: Paul Baker, Corinna Christman, Dan Friedrich, Adam Hammond, Michele Heinz, Bill Hohnke, Felicia Lee, Scott Malpass, Victor Panov, and Shonte Wesson.