Much Ado About "Much Ado"
Play preparations include major extension of Darrow Theater stage
Preparations are underway for the November 10-11, production of "Much Ado About Nothing" by the Darrow Theater Workshop.
Workshop members and Hands-to-Work crews have been busy painting, preparing costumes and props, and making major alterations to the stage to facilitate the play, according to Director of Performing Arts Jennifer Pytleski.
"In order to create a playing space similar to the Globe Theater, the Hands-to-Work Performing Arts Crew is teaming up with the Carpentry Crew, lead by faculty members John Villinski and Mary Jo Daly, to build a stage extension that will allow the actors to move out into the audience," Pytleski said. The production team, led by Josh Brown, is working to transform the theater into a villa in Messina, Italy, during the 1600s.
"Through the use of color, a set that wraps around the audience, and actors who use the full space in the staging of the comedy, we hope to invite all who attend to sit back, relax, and enjoy this story," she said. "Through the rich dialogue, Shakespeare unfolds a post-war love story that also brings us into the complexities of families and the choices we make when rumors are presented to the community."
Two performances will be staged, on Friday, November 10 at 7:30 p.m., and on Saturday, November 11, at 3:30 p.m. Both performances are free and open to the public.