Shakespeare's "Much Ado"

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Portrait of playwright William Shakespeare

Shakespeare's witty "Much Ado About Nothing" was likely first performed in 1598.


No one articulates the road of love, lined with pitfalls and impediments, like Shakespeare.

St. Cloud State's theatre program interprets William Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing” Nov. 16-21 on the Center Stage at the Performing Arts Center.

Brenda Wentworth, professor of acting, directing and theatre history, directs a student cast and production set in a futuristic Messina, Italy.

The play's narrative is driven by a pair of couples: Benedick and Beatrice and Claudio and Hero. Gossip, rumor, manipulation, treachery, a faked death and more complicate the lives of the lovers.

The couples are a study in contrast. Benedick and Beatrice talk constantly, scornfully and at great speed about their dislike for each other and marriage. Claudio and Hero are nearly struck dumb by their love for one another.

Jeffrey Bleam, associate professor of costume design and directing, designed the scenery. Student designers Alex Job, Avon, and Jared Nelson, Princeton, designed lights and sound, respectively.

Nightly show times are 8 p.m. Nov. 16-20. There is a 2 p.m. matinee Nov. 21.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for seniors and non-St. Cloud State students. Admission is free for St. Cloud State students with an ID. Faculty and staff receive two free tickets with an ID.

Tickets are available at the door. Purchase advance tickets at the Atwood Memorial Center Information Desk. Tickets can be ordered through or by calling 320-308-4636.

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