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Much Ado About Nothing

Directed by Robert S. Currier

Producer’s Perspective:

Some productions feel easy. With Cat and Darren eager to take on Beatrice and Benedick, we knew we had the beginning of a great production. When we saw Michael Ray Wisely audition for Dogberry, we were really feeling good. But then, we happened to find a peppy violin-playing actress, a skillful guitar-playing old friend, and an enthusiastic hammered dulcimer virtuoso drum instructor – all also Shakespearean actors. We cast these musical talents and several months later introduced them to our composer, Billie Cox, having chosen the 1930’s for the production’s setting. “Awesome!” said Billie, “our musicians play just the same instruments as classic 1930’s trios like the Mambo Kings.” We love synchronicity.







Our fabulous costume designer Michael Berg (who doubled as a hysterically dementia-riddled Verges) adored the period and sold us on wine pink army uniforms that turned out to be perfectly romantic and the start of a gorgeous pastel color palate for the show.



Props designer Joel Eis suggested a climbable arbor and set designer Bruce Lackovic helped figure out how to rig it so Darren could swing by his ankle during the gulling scene. Things just fell into place.

With all live music, including a show-stopping jazz solo by Christopher Maikish as a distraught Claudio, you couldn’t find a more romantic, witty and charming way to while away a few hours under the stars on a warm September night in San Rafael.


CAST & Production Staff


Leonato - Christopher Hammond
Hero - Khamara Pettus
Beatrice - Cat Thompson*
Margaret - LeAnne Rumbel
Ursula - Linnea George
Balthasar - Terry Rucker
Prince Don Pedro - William Elsman*
Don John - Ryan Schmidt
Claudio - Christopher Maikish
Benedick - Darren Bridgett*
Borrachio - Brian Trybom
Conrade - Mick Berry
Dogberry - Michael Ray Wisely*
Verges - Michael Berg
The Watch - Josh Attias, Steven Scot Bono, Len Pettigrew
A Friar - Terry Rucker


Producer – Lesley Schisgall Currier
Composer – Billie Cox
Costume Design – Michael Berg
Lighting Design – Ellen Brooks
Choreography – Cynthia Pepper
Props Design – Joel Eis
Set Design – Bruce Lackovic
Stage Manager – Danielle Thomsen*
Assistant Stage Manager – Maggie McCally


* Member of Actor's Equity Association

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