Love In Stealth Mode
There is no comedic couple quite as beguiling as Beatrice and Benedick. Wielding words as both weapon and armor (but always with a charming, effervescent glint), their banter is code for so many things - part longing, part loathing, part love. All of it a threat to their carefully cultivated swag. Their chemistry is a barely restrained force of nature. It may just break its bindings. A perpetual Shakespearean favorite; rich, uplifting and oh-so-funny.
Leonato’s house is a happy one, complete with beautiful daughter Hero and clever niece Beatrice, as well as Beatrice’s aging father Antonio. But when Leonato’s friends return from war, the household is turned on its ear by the instant attraction between Hero and Claudio, and the constant bickering (and, clearly, also attraction) between Beatrice and Benedick. But there’s a snake in the midst of all this affection, and Don John plots to destroy everyone’s happiness before some of our couples are even aware that they are indeed a couple. Masquerades reveal as much as they hide in this hilarious comedy.
Run time: 3 hours, including one 20-minute intermission.
|Voice & Text Coach||Robert Ramirez|
|Costume Design||Robert Morgan†|
|Scenic Design||Robert Morgan†|
|Lighting Design||Michael A. Peterson|
|Sound Design & Original Music||John Tanner|
|Stage Manager||Evelyn Matten*|
|Leonato, Governor of Messina||Brian Mani*|
|Beatrice, niece of Leonato||Colleen Madden*|
|Hero, daughter of Leonato||Kelsey Brennan*|
|Don Pedro, Prince of Arragon||Jeb Burris*|
|Benedick, gentleman of Padua||David Daniel*|
|Don John, bastard brother of Don Pedro||Eric Parks*|
|Claudio, a young Florentine||Nate Burger|
|Antonio, old man, Leonato's brother||Paul Bentzen*|
|Conrade, associate of Don John||Christopher Sheard|
|Borachio, associate of Don John||Marcus Truschinski*|
|Balthasar, musician in the service of Don Pedro||Robert R. Doyle|
|Ursula, gentlewoman (in Leonato's household)||Abbey Siegworth*|
|Margaret, gentlewoman (in Leonato's household)||Cristina Panfilio*|
|Dogberry, Constable of Messina||James Pickering*|
|Verges, Dogberry's partner in office||Tim Gittings|
|Military Officer||Chris Klopatek|
|Watch||Robert R. Doyle|
|Friar Francis||John Taylor Phillips*|
|Gentlewoman||Anne E. Thompson|
|*||Member of Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers|
|**||Member of Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, an Independent Labor Union|
|†||Member of United Scenic Artists|
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