The Old Globe Sets MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING Cast and Creative Team
The Old Globe today announced the cast and creative team for The Old Globe/University of San Diego Graduate Theatre Program presentation of William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing, running Nov. 9 - Nov. 17 in the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, part of the Globe's Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Opening night is Nov. 9 at 8:00 p.m. Directed by James Newcomb, Much Ado About Nothing tickets can be purchased online at www.TheOldGlobe.org, by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE, or by visiting the Box Office.
Weaving wit, romance, and comedy, Much Ado About Nothing is a whirlwind race to the finish line of "happily ever after." Everyone can see that confirmed bachelor Benedick and headstrong Beatrice are meant for each other-except for Benedick and Beatrice themselves. Love may conquer all, but not without a few battles along the way, and the verbal sparring between these two lovers has never been so much fun to watch.
"The Old Globe's M.F.A. program is one of the jewels in this theater's crown, and I'm as proud of the work we do training the next generation of American actors as I am of anything else in the institution's life," said Artistic Director Barry Edelstein. "The talent that thrives in our venture with USD is top-notch, and in the delightful Shakespearean confection that is Much Ado About Nothing, that talent will be on dazzling display."
The cast features Erin Elizabeth Adams (Margaret), Meaghan Boeing (Beatrice), Lindsay Brill (Antonia, Verges), Charlotte Bydwell (Ursula), Lowell Byers (Don Pedro), Jamal Douglas (Conrade, Messenger), Adam Gerber (Don John, Dogberry), Kushtrim Hoxha (Leonato), Stephen Hu (Claudio), Tyler Kent (Friar, Sexton), Allison Layman (Hero), Robbie Simpson (Benedick), Megan M. Storti (Bazira, Watch), and Patrick Zeller (Borachio).
The creative team includes Sean Fanning (Scenic Design), Elisa Benzoni (Costume Design), Chris Rynne (Lighting Design), Kevin Anthenill (Sound Design), Jan Gist (Vocal Coach), Brian Byrnes (Movement), Amanda Penaloza (Choreographer), Nicole Ries (Stage Manager), and Jesse Buck-Brennan(Assistant Stage Manager).
A joint venture of The Old Globe and the University of San Diego, the Master of Fine Arts in Dramatic Arts program nationally recruits seven students each year to participate in an intensive two-year, year-round course of graduate study in classical theatre. Private funding for the Master of Fine Arts in Dramatic Arts program is contributed through an endowment established by Donald and Darlene Shiley. For additional information, visit www.globemfa.org.
Director James Newcomb previously directed The Old Globe/USD Graduate Theatre Program's A Midsummer Night Dream and the Summer Shakespeare Intensive production of Much Ado About Nothing. He recently played Juror 7 in Twelve Angry Men and Stephano in The Tempest (Utah Shakespeare Festival), and this last spring he played The Duke in Robert Falls' acclaimed production of Measure for Measure (Goodman Theatre). His other recent credits include playing Appomantus in Timon of Athens opposite Ian McDiarmid as Timon (Chicago Shakespeare Theater), and George in Zoot Suit (San Diego Repertory Theatre). He spent 14 seasons with Oregon Shakespeare Festival, seven with Denver Center Theatre Company, two with Utah Shakespeare Festival, three with Shakespeare & Company, and four with Shakespeare Santa Cruz, and he has worked with Arizona Theatre Company, South Coast Repertory, Intiman Theatre, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Geva Theatre, New York Shakespeare Festival, and Syracuse Stage. His Shakespeare roles include Iago, Richard III, Coriolanus, Oberon, Puck, Bolingbroke, Laertes, Touchstone, Feste, Dogberry, Benedick, Romeo, Grumio, Tranio, Caliban, and Thersites. His other roles include Treat in Orphans, Hero in The Rehearsal, Gary in Noises Off, and Leslie in The Hostage (Drama Logue Award, Denver Theatre Critics Award, and Oxford Society Award for Artistic Excellence). He has directed Found a Peanut, Lone Star, and True West(National Theatre Conservatory at Denver Center). He served as resident fight director for seven seasons at Oregon Shakespeare Festival and fight director for The Old Globe, Denver Center, La Jolla Playhouse, San Diego Opera, four seasons at Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, and Chicago Shakespeare Theater.