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MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
by William Shakespeare
April 14 - May 1, 2005

The 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.

 

Direction: Colette Searls & Lynn Watson
Set/Costume Design:
Elena Zlotescu
Light/Sound Design:
Terry Cobb
Movement Direction:
Wendy Salkind
Music Composer:
John Yurick
Dramaturg:
Susan McCully
Choreographer:
Doug Hamby

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