Much Ado About Nothing
From the Playbill
“How wonderful it is to direct a ‘new’ Shakespearean play, one I might have read or seen but never had the pleasure of studying, casting, rehearsing and learning in that deep way that comes from careful attention to each detail of the script. I’ve had that pleasure recently with King Lear; Henry IV, Part 1; Henry IV, Part 2 and this summer’s The Winter’s Tale. It is like nothing so much as making a new friend, one who will be in your thoughts and dreams forevermore.
Conversely, there is perhaps even more to be said for re-visiting and savoring the companionship of an old friend, one whose strengths you admire, whose weaknesses you lovingly indulge, whose familiarity is comforting, and whose possibilities you inevitably see in a new light with the passage of time.
For me, such an old friend is the magnificent Much Ado About Nothing, one of the half-dozen most requested and enoyed comedies in the world’s canon. This marvellous Mediterranean mixture of triumphant love, mischief, and malapropisms (which should be called “dogberries”) has graced our stage in 1995 and 2002 and surely will return in the not-too-distant future. There’s nothing like old friends.
Compounding the metaphor, we are doubly delighted to welcome back to our stage two of our favorite actors, Cat Thompson and Darren Bridgett, for the roles of Beatrice and Benedick.
I always encourage actors to tell me their dream roles; occasionally I’ve had the joy of choosing a production for a specific actor to play one of those roles.
This Fall, opening my mail, I found a small card; inside was written, “Don’t be a d***, Bob. Let us play Beatrice and Benedick. – Cat and Darren” Despite the excorable poetry, the sentiment seemed sound. Out of this humble beginning, the current production was born.”
– Director’s Notes