February 27 - March 9, 2014
By William Shakespeare
Nafe Katter Theatre
This remarkably modern Shakespearean comedy revolves around two intertwined love stories: one caustically funny, between Beatrice and Benedick, and, the other, between Claudio and Hero, poignantly sweet. These loves play out with an explosion of witty banter as victorious soldiers returning from war set their sights on the peacetime pleasures of merrymaking and romance in a jaunty world of aristocratic artifice. However, when false information leads one proud nobleman to cruelly denounce his beloved on their wedding day, the verbal sparring sours into private warfare. In this powerful comedy, Shakespeare makes you laugh, but also breaks your heart – and then magically puts it back together again as if it were all “much ado about nothing.”
Uncommon Sense Series Events
Much Ado about Love and Laughter
March 1, after the 2pm matinee
Much Ado about Nothing is famous for the “merry war” of wits between its reluctant lovers, Beatrice and Benedick. Join English department scholars Elizabeth Hart and Mary Gallucci and members of the cast to discuss Shakespeare’s classic battle of the sexes comedy, and to consider why love’s war provokes so much laughter.
Cast and Creative Team Talkback
March 6, after the 7:30 performance
Join us for a discussion with the cast and other members of the creative team.
Behind the Scenes with Beatrice and Benedick
Vincent J. Cardinal – Artistic Director
Some people wanna fill the world with silly love songs.
And what’s wrong with that?
I’d like to know…
- Paul McCartney
Last season dealt with the pressures our youth face when coming of age in a political landscape of hyper polarized rhetoric. It was challenging, tragically prophetic, and ultimately uplifting, but about half way through the season one of our subscribers asked, “Can’t we see a play about something simple like love?”
This season we bring you six stories that are about the wonderful simplicity – and the awesome complexity — of love.
Connecticut Repertory Theatre
CRT, part of the School of Fine Arts at the University of Connecticut, is the professional producing arm of the Department of Dramatic Arts. CRT stages an array of the best in theatre, from classic plays and musicals to premieres of the latest contemporary work, featuring some of the nation’s finest theatre professionals on stage with the department’s most promising students. The synergy between professionals and advanced student artists creates extraordinary theatre and a unique learning environment.