“Much Ado About Nothing,” Shakespeare opens at Dessert Theater

Reporting: Monessa Guilfoil

Shakespeare Chattanooga and First Baptist Church, Dessert Theater co-produce William Shakespeare’s classic comedy in Chattanooga.      Janis Hashe,  Shakespeare  Chattanooga’s  founder and director for this production writes:

• In March, Much Ado

God ye good den,  Friends of Shakespeare Chattanooga!
In March, we’ll be back with a full-length production of Much Ado About Nothing, a co-production with the Dessert Theatre of the First Baptist Church in downtown Chattanooga.  This will be presented in the church’s Fellowship Hall, 401 Gateway Ave. (the church is located off 6th Street, before you reach Blue Cross/Blue Shield).

Lots of SC regulars are back, along with many actors new to us. We’d love to see you all at the shows: March 25, 26 at 7:30 p.m. and March 27 at 2:30. Ticket s are $10, $8 for seniors 65-plus and students with ID. Ticket sales begin on February 27, and you can stop by the church office 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday-Thursday, or call 423-265-2257.  There are no advance reservations without purchase.

Spread the word, and don’t forget to write Dogberry down an ass!
 

“O that he were here to write me down an ass! But masters, remember that I am an ass: though it be not written down, yet forget not that I am an ass.”
– William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing, 4.2

 

Here’s more from Hashe from  Allied Arts website:

“As usual with Shakespeare Chattanooga, we’ve done a lot of gender-bending, which is especially appropriate in this play since Shakespeare is revisiting a favorite theme, the war between the sexes,” Hashe says.  “In our version, Leanato is now Leanata, Conrade is Constance and Don John is Lady Jane.  Also Verges, the Friar, the Sexton, Seacoal and one of the Watchmen are all played by women.  It’s been a fun challenge for the actors,” she notes.

The audio below is taken from an interview with actors Steven Disbrow, Carlene Conway, Rodney Strong and Monica Woodlief, along with Director, Janis Hashe and includes scene readings from, “Much Ado About Nothing.”

Listen to the story:

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