Majesticpiece Theatre: Much Ado About Nothing at 7:30 PM Tonight
Much Ado About Nothing
by William Shakespeare
directed by Brandi Douglas
June 20th at 7:30pm
Much Ado About Nothing opens with Don Pedro and his men, his chief lieutenants Claudio and Benedick among them, returning from the Revolution of 2021. Claudio loves Leonato’s daughter Hero and Don Pedro helps him to get engaged to her. Meanwhile Beatrice, Leonato’s niece, and Benedick continue to exchange their witty insults and insist that it’s not flirting. However no one believes that so their friends devised a way to get them to fall in love and get married. Don Pedro has a brother named Don John who absolutely HATES HIM. Don John decides to ruin the relationship between Claudio and Hero by setting up a lie, which depicts her as being a hoe. Welp…that’s enough synopsis for you. You’ll need to watch the performance to see how it all goes down.
From the Director:
Inspired by the performance of this play in 2019 directed by Kenny Leon, I want to bring in elements of life during and after COVID without changing the eternal words of Shakespeare. The backdrop of this play takes place in 2021. An uprising has occurred and Americans have finally had enough of the systemic oppression that has plagued this country. There was finally a revolution…that is where the soldiers in Much Ado are returning from. I want to show what a joyful return home could look like when oppression has finally been defeated and we can our authentic selves for better and for worse.
This is my hope for this performance. It may be ambitious, but it never hurts to try.