Much Ado About Nothing

Much Ado About Nothing

Nov 11 – Dec 18, 2022
Harman Hall

Photo of Rick Holmes (Benedick) and Kate Jennings Grant (Beatrice) in Much Ado About Nothing by Jeffrey Ray.

The course of true love never did run smooth, especially when the ON AIR sign is lit. Shakespeare’s cherished romantic comedy lands in a cable newsroom, where sparring co-anchors Benedick and Beatrice trade barbs behind the news desk. Helmed by Simon Godwin, “one of the most insightful and sensitive directors of Shakespeare today” (WhatsOnStage), Much Ado About Nothing is the perfect blend of sparkling screwball comedy and revelatory romance.

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Simon Godwin

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A TON OF FUN…Simon Godwin and his cast tackle one of Shakespeare’s most popular comedies … [with] wild abandon.” —The Washington Post

HILARIOUS…This fizzy romp, confidently directed by Simon Godwin, dials up the comedy for a laughter-filled evening supported by a solid ensemble. Kate Jennings Grant and Rick Holmes expertly maneuver madcap scenes of impressive physical comedy, as well as their later tender moments.” —MD Theatre Guide

DAZZLING AND INSPIRED…Grant and Holmes give first-rate performances … this reimagining of Shakespeare’s beloved characters lands precisely on target.” —DC Theater Arts

BRILLIANT…Visually joyful, with antics and sight gags galore, this is just the break from election anxiety this town needs.” —BroadwayWorld

WONDERFUL…the entire cast is immensely talented and all perfect in their roles.” —The Georgetown Dish

ENGAGING…Grant and Holmes are ideally matched.” —Talkin’ Broadway

REFRESHING…It’s crazy fun, topsy-turvy and so infectious you’ll find yourself laughing like the proverbial hyena. Comedy at its finest. For God’s sake, go!!!” —Whisk and Quill

PURE FUN… Kate Jennings Grant’s a sheer force as Beatrice, bringing a droll wit and appealing vulnerability; she’s well-matched by Rick Holmes, who excels at the physical comedy of Benedick’s role.” —DCist

All titles, artists, and dates subject to change.

Cast

Justin Adams
Justin Adams
Don John
Carlo Albán
Carlo Albán
Don Pedro
David Bishins
David Bishins
Verges
Cerra Cardwell
Cerra Cardwell
Ensemble
Sarah Corey
Sarah Corey
Ursula
Michael Kevin Darnall
Michael Kevin Darnall
Borachio
Nehassaiu deGannes
Nehassaiu deGannes
Sister Francis
Paul Deo, Jr.
Paul Deo, Jr.
Claudio
Terrance Fleming
Terrance Fleming
Ensemble/Cop
Edward Gero
Edward Gero
Leonato
Kate Jennings Grant
Kate Jennings Grant
Beatrice
Rick Holmes
Rick Holmes
Benedick
Quinn M. Johnson
Quinn M. Johnson
Ensemble/Hugh Oatcake
Nicole King
Nicole King
Hero
Raven Lorraine
Raven Lorraine
Belle Shazzar/Georgina Seacoal
Ryan Neely
Ryan Neely
Swing
Dave Quay
Dave Quay
Dogberry
Dina Thomas
Dina Thomas
Margaret
Ring Yuqi Yang
Ring Yuqi Yang
Swing

Full Cast List

Don John: Justin Adams
Don Pedro: Carlo Albán
Verges: David Bishins
Ensemble: Cerra Cardwell
Ursula: Sarah Corey
Borachio: Michael Kevin Darnall
Sister Francis: Nehassaiu deGannes
Claudio: Paul Deo, Jr.
Ensemble/Cop: Terrance Fleming
Leonato: Edward Gero
Beatrice: Kate Jennings Grant
Benedick: Rick Holmes
Ensemble/Hugh Oatcake: Quinn M. Johnson
Hero: Nicole King
Belle Shazzar/Georgina Seacoal: Raven Lorraine
Swing: Ryan Neely, Ring Yuqi Yang
Dogberry: Dave Quay
Margaret: Dina Thomas

Artistic Team

Director: Simon Godwin
Scenic Designer: Alexander Dodge
Costume Designer: Evie Gurney
Lighting Designer: Donald Holder
Sound Designer: Fan Zhang
Projection Designer: Aaron Rhyne
Composer: Michael Bruce
Choreographer & Intimacy Consultant: Jesse Kovarsky
Music Director: William Yanesh
Fight Consultant: Lorraine Ressegger-Slone
Dramaturg: Emily Burns
Resident Dramaturg: Dr. Drew Lichtenberg
Resident Casting Director: Danica Rodriguez
Casting: Jack Doulin
Voice and Text Coach: Lisa Beley
Assistant Director: Ashley Mapley-Brittle
Production Stage Manager: Joseph Smelser
Assistant Stage Manager: Joey Blakely

Lead Sponsor

Production Sponsors

Barbara Harman and William Cain
The Harman Family Foundation
Emily Lenzner and Vivek Jain
The Vos Foundation

Additional Support

This project is part of Shakespeare in American Communities, a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.

Health and Safety

The health and well-being of our patrons, artists, and staff are our top priority at STC. Based on audience surveys, CDC recommendations, and the countless hours of work and data analysis of our in-house Covid-19 Committee, STC has developed (and will continue to develop) policies and procedures to best serve everyone entering our theatre and spaces.

Beginning with our production of Much Ado About Nothing this November, STC will be hosting MASK REQUIRED performances on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Sundays and MASK RECOMMENDED performances on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays