PTC to Stage MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, 2/21-3/8

Pioneer Theatre Company presents the charming Shakespearean comedy Much Ado About Nothing, February 21 through March 8, 2014.

Much Ado About Nothing is a romantic comedy featuring one of the most spirited battles of the sexes ever written, starring Beatrice and Benedick, two people who claim to thoroughly detest one another. But under the barbs they hurl at one another lie feelings that neither is even aware of, until circumstances bring them together to rescue their young friends.

REBECCA WATSON plays the role of Beatrice. Watson's Broadway and New York credits include By Jeeves, The Cocoanuts, Romeo and Juliet, and Disney's Hercules. She has appeared in world premieres of To the Lighthouse at Berkley Rep. (American Theatre Critics Nomination), And the Curtain Rises at the Signature and I'll Be Seeing You at the Kimmel Center in Philly. She has appeared at regional theatres across the country. Her TV and film credits include The Big C, Deception, Law & Order, Third Watch, Cupid, By Jeeves, Guiding Light, All My Children, As the World Turns and The Normal Heart with Mark Ruffalo,which will be released in May of 2014. She returns to PTC after appearing in this season's Something's Afoot, and as Wendy in the 2002 production of Peter Pan.

T. RYDER SMITH plays the role of Benedick. Smith has appeared on Broadway in War Horse and Equus, and off-Broadway in Sarah Ruhl's Passion Play and Dead Man's Cell Phone, and in world premiere plays by: Richard Foreman, David Greenspan, Anne Washburn, Glenn Berger (Underneath the Lintel, Drama Desk nomination, Outstanding Solo Performer), and Israel Horowitz (the three-actor, 40-character Lebensraum, Drama Desk Award, Outstanding Ensemble Cast). Film and TV credits include appearances on Nurse Jackie, Damages, Blue Bloods, White Collar, Law & Order: SVU, and The Abolitionists, and the cult film Brainscan. Smith provides voices for videogames and the TV series The Venture Brothers. This is his PTC debut.

TERRELL DONNELL SLEDGE plays Claudio, the young noblemen just back from war who plots to trick Beatrice and Benedick into realizing their love for one another. Sledge has appeared off-Broadway at the Lark Theatre in Dakota Atoll, at P73 in Dunkfest '88, and with Naked Angels in staged readings of Find and Sign. In addition to many regional credits, Sledge's TV and film credits include Blues in the Night and Troop 491. He returns to PTC after appearing in the regional premiere of Wendy MacLeod's Find and Sign.

ASHLEY WICKETT plays Hero, Beatrice's young cousin with whom Claudio falls in love. Regionally she has appeared in Once in a Lifetime, A Christmas Carol, and Scapin with Bill Irwin at A.C.T., Romeo and Juliet with both the California Shakespeare Theatre and the Livermore Shakespeare Festival, The Misanthrope with Hunger and Thirst Theatre Collective, As You Like It, A Month in the Country, Almost, Maine and Britannicus, as well as new plays with The New Harmony Project. This is her PTC debut.

CHRISTOPHER DUVAL plays the scheming villain Don John, and serves as fight choreographer for the production. DuVal's work has been seen throughout the country at such theatres as South Coast Repertory, Shakespeare Orange County, Sacramento Theatre Company, Utah Shakespeare Festival, Dallas Theatre Center, Syracuse Stage and thirteen seasons at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, where he worked on over 25 productions. He is an Assistant Professor in the Actor Training Program at the University of Utah. This is his PTC debut.

JOHN AHLIN plays Beatrice's uncle Leonato, the governor of the town who acts as host to the pairs of lovers and their entourages. In addition to having performed in over 30 Shakespearean productions (including nine times as Falstaff), Ahlin appeared on Broadway in Waiting for Godot, Journey's End (which received the 2007 Tony Award for Best Revival), The Lieutenant of Inishmore, Voices in the Dark, One Mo' Time, Whoopee! and Macbeth. Off-Broadway, he played Orson Welles in Orson's Shadow. His TV and film credits include Law & Order: SVU, Late Night with David Letterman, Third Watch, The Education of Max Bickford and the new Coen Brothers' movie Inside Llewyn Davis. This is his PTC debut.




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