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Much Ado About Nothing

Directed by SHANTI RYLE

June 10 (Preview), 11, 12, 16, 17, 18, 19, 23, 24, 25 & 26

7:30 pm (seating begins at 6:30 pm)

 

Much Ado About Nothing stands tall as one of Shakespeare's most popular and relevant comedies. The play revolves around two interwoven love stories: Benedick and Beatrice's infamous "merry war", and Claudio and Hero's traditionally sweet courtship. These stories play out with an explosion of wit and antics, as a victorious army arrives in the island city of Messina to explore the peacetime pleasures of merrymaking, witty banter, and romance, all draped in the silks of aristocratic artifice. However, when deception leads one proud nobleman to cruelly condemn his beloved on their wedding day, the lighthearted sparring sours into dangerous conflict. Much Ado About Nothing presents the gamut of emotional and spiritual challenges that we-young, old, male, and female- continue to face when we love, and holds the mirror up to nature, allowing us inside its warts-and-all world of human nature, to understand and perhaps forgive ourselves for our oft-repeated follies.

 

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Hamlet

Directed by WENDI JOHNSON

July 14 (Preview), 15, 16, 17, 21, 22, 23, 24, 28, 29 & 30

7:30 pm (seating begins at 6:30 pm)

 

Hamlet is a revenge story - a son's quest for avenging his father's murder, but it is the telling that raises it to the level of a masterpiece. .....Prince Hamlet is tormented and depressed. Summoned home to Denmark to attend his father's funeral, he is shocked to find his mother Gertrude already remarried to Hamlet's Uncle Claudius, the dead king's brother. To Hamlet, the marriage stinks of "foul incest." Especially when the ghost of his father appears demanding revenge against his brother for his murder. Considered to be Shakespeare’s masterpiece, love, lust and hatred are discovered anew in this timeless classic. The audience is swept into an intimate engagement and Hamlet's tragedy becomes the tragedy of every individual.

No nation or time are strangers to political intrigues and love affairs. Scandals in the court are scintillating without being surprising. With the words "something is rotten in the state of Denmark", Shakespeare underlines the universality of 'rotten'-ness.

Two Gentlemen of Verona

Directed by CHRIS PITTMAN

August 11 (Preview), 12, 13, 14, 18, 19, 20, 21, 25, 26 & 27

7:30 pm (seating begins at 6:30 pm)

 

Two Gentlemen of Verona is believed to be Shakespeare’s first comedy, encompassing many of the themes and scenarios that would become so familiar to devotees of the Bard; themes of love, camaraderie, betrayal, all woven into a roller-coaster ride of character-driven plot.
Young Proteus only has eyes for his hometown sweetheart, Julia. But traveling to Milan, he meets the lovely Silvia and dumps Julia in a heartbeat. But Silvia is his best friend’s girl and she won’t be dumped that easily. Add some bumbling bandits, an outraged father and a bad-mannered dog and, in

short, it pushes the boundaries of all aspects of love and relationships at a hilarious and touching, exciting and unnerving pace.

Equivocation

Directed by SHEILA RYLE

September 8 (Preview), 9, 10, 11, 15, 16, 17, 18, 22, 23 & 24

7:30 pm (seating begins at 6:30 pm)

 

Equivocation is set in England, 1605: A terrorist plot to assassinate King James I and blow Parliament to kingdom come with 36 barrels of devilish gunpowder is thwarted! Shagspeare (a contemporary spelling of the Bard’s name) is commissioned by Robert Cecil, the King’s prime minister, to write the “true historie” of the Guy Fawkes Gunpowder plot. And it must have witches! The King wants witches! But as Shag and the acting company of the Globe, under direction of the great Richard Burbage, investigate the plot, they discover that the ‘King’s’ version of the story might, in fact, be a cover-up. They are confronted with the ultimate moral and artistic dilemma: speak truth to power---and perhaps lose their heads; or take the money and lie? Is there a third option—equivocation? A high-stakes political thriller with contemporary resonances, EQUIVOCATION gallops from the great Globe to the Tower of London to the halls of Parliament to the heart of Judith, Shag’s younger daughter, who finds herself unexpectedly at the very heart of the mystery.