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March 31, 2005

UMBC Theatre presents Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare

Contact: Tom Moore

Photo by Terry CobbThe UMBC Department of Theatre presents Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare, directed by Colette Searls and Lynn Watson, in which the bard aims his savage wit at chivalry and romance. A gender-bending ensemble exposes the true nature of patriarchy and sexual power-play in this favorite of Shakespeare's comedies.

The production features set and costume design by Elena Zlotescu, light and sound design by Terry Cobb, original music composed and performed by John Yurick, dramaturgy by Susan McCully, choreography by Doug Hamby, and movement coaching by Wendy Salkind.

Much Ado is Shakespeare's wickedly funny treatise on the fickle, fantastical, often-fierce nature of love. In the old Sicilian town of Messina, four lovers engage in fierce battles of wit and delicious practical jokes. But beneath the games of disguise and foolery lie darker forces of mistrust and fear. While Beatrice and Benedick wrangle turning wordplay to foreplay, Claudio and Hero must overcome treachery and deceit to make their love-match. In a world where appearances can't be trusted, truth finally conquers and Cupid's war is won—but not without leaving its scars on this scathing comedy.

Thursday, April 14, 8 pm (preview)
Friday, April 15, 8 pm (opening night)
Saturday, April 16, 8 pm
Sunday, April 17, 4 pm
Thursday, April 21, 4 pm (free performance)
Friday, April 22, 8 pm
Saturday, April 23, 8 pm
Thursday, April 28, 8 pm
Friday, April 29, 8 pm
Sunday, May 1, 4 pm
(The Theatre will be dark on April 30.)

$10 general admission
$5 students
$3 for the preview
The performance on Thursday, April 21st is free for the UMBC campus community.
Ticket proceeds benefit the Department of Theatre Scholarship Fund.
Tickets are available online through MissionTix or by calling MissionTix at 410-752-8950. Any remaining tickets will be available at the door (cash or check only).

MissionTix: 410-752-8950
Public information: (24 hour recorded message): 410-455-ARTS
Media inquiries only: 410-455-3370

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From Baltimore and points north, proceed south on I-95 to exit 47B. Take Route 166 toward Catonsville and then follow signs to the Theatre.

From I-695, take Exit 12C (Wilkens Avenue) and continue one-half mile to the entrance of UMBC at the roundabout intersection of Wilkens Avenue and Hilltop Road. Turn left and follow signs to the Theatre.

From Washington and points south, proceed north on I-95 to Exit 47B. Take Route 166 toward Catonsville and then follow signs to the Theatre.

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Posted by tmoore at March 31, 2005 2:38 PM