Performance of Shakespeare's ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ April 10-13

Much Ado About Nothing rehearsal Clarice L. Buckman Theater
Students rehearse for an upcoming production of "Much Ado About Nothing."

March 24, 2014 - Quinnipiac University's Theater for Community will present Shakespeare's romantic comedy, "Much Ado About Nothing," at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 10 in the Clarice L. Buckman Theater on the Mount Carmel Campus.

The play will also be performed at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 11; 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 12; and 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 13.

One of Shakespeare's most popular plays, "Much Ado About Nothing" is a classic battle of the sexes, featuring a war of wits between Benedick, who declares he would rather die than get married, and Beatrice, who every morning and evening prays, "God send me no husband." The plot traces what happens to the combative couple when their friends conspire to bring them "into a mountain of affection" by tricking them into falling in love. A secondary plot follows the fortunes of the young lovers Hero and Claudio when Hero is accused of infidelity by the malicious Don John.

The production will be directed by Tom Schwans, professional actor, director and an adjunct professor in the Department of Visual and Performing Arts. Schwans is also the co-founder and executive director of The Guerilla Shakespeare Project, a Brooklyn-based theater company.

"Much Ado About Nothing" will feature original music by adjunct professor Thomas Schuttenhelm, with set design by Tricia Petraven, associate professor of theater, and costume design by Hanna Hejmowski, executive assistant to the director of the Central European Institute at Quinnipiac University. Professional New York-based designer Melissa Mizell will design the lighting and adjunct faculty member Mariah Sage will be the voice and speech coach.

The cast includes Michael Bobenhausen as Benedick; Amir Boone as Antonio; Christina Comizio as Hero; Sara Detrik as Dona Pedra; Alan Johnson as Leonato; Jessica Lehman of as Margaret; Gerard Lisella as Borachio; Danielle Nordquist as Conrade; Connor Rice as Don John; Emily Seibert as Beatrice; Tenneh Sillah as Ursula; Joseph Skaleski as Claudio; and Amber Hopwood, Simon Lee and Rachel Wilson as The Watch.

Tickets are $12 for general admission and $8 for students and senior citizens. There is a special two-for-one discount for Quinnipiac alumni for the Friday and Saturday performances. To reserve tickets, email kevin.daly@quinnipiac.edu.