Friday, April 10, 2009

Washington College Drama Department Presents Shakespeare's 'Much Ado About Nothing'

Chestertown, MD — The Washington College Department of Drama will present William Shakespeare's enduringly popular romantic comedy "Much Ado About Nothing" in the Rose O'Neill Literary House Garden on Saturday and Sunday, April 18 and 19, at 3 p.m.

Generally considered one of Shakespeare's best comedies, "Much Ado About Nothing" mixes robust hilarity with more serious ruminations on court politics. Set in Messina, Sicily, the play tells the story of two pairs of lovers, Beatrice and Benedick and Claudio and Hero. While much of the plot revolves around obstacles to the union of the two young lovers Claudio and Hero, the love-hate relationship of Beatrice and Benedick showcases the "merry war" of the sexes. (Benedick thinks he hates Beatrice but really loves her, and Beatrice she hates Benedick but really loves him.)

The Washington College production of "Much Ado About Nothing" is directed by senior Hester Sachse and features Aileen Brenner, Alec Rosa, Antoine Jordan, Chantel Delulio, Claire Hely, Joe Rittenhouse, John Lesser, Katherine Kaestner, Katie Muldowney, Maggie Farrell, Maggie Kobik, Mary DiAngelo, Nick Gaeto, Roisin O'Donovan and Stephan Jordan. Admission is free, but reservations are required; call 410/778-7835 or e-mail

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