By William Shakespeare
adapted by Kenneth Lin
  and Jackson Gay
with additional text
  by Kenneth Lin
Directed by Jackson Gay


MAY 25–JUNE 19  

The 'I do's are done. The rings are worn. The guests are dancing and drinking upstairs. Meanwhile, the staff below are cleaning up. As the dishes are cleared, and the decorations come down, there's a story to recount—of love and war, of marriage and betrayal, of who we are and who we long to be. Director Jackson Gay, named one of the "power players of Off-Broadway" by the New York Times (along with House of Cards writer Kenneth Lin) bring an exhilarating new imagining of Shakespeare’s classic romantic comedy to our stage!

               


  • WHO'S WHO
  • Events
  • PHOTOS
  • PRESS
  • PROGRAM
  • INFORMATION FOR PARENTS

WHO'S WHO


CREATIVE TEAM
Director–JACKSON GAY
Adaptation–KENNETH LIN
Scenic Designer–ERIC FLATMO
Costume Designer–KARINA CHAVARIN
Costume Design Assistant–NATALIE BARSHOW
Lighting Designer–PAUL WHITAKER
Sound Designer/Composer – OLIVE MITRA
Stage Manager–DANIEL SCHULTZ
Assistant Stage Manager –CHRIS WATERS
Assistant Director—LEEANN DOWD
Production Assistant—ANNETTE KOEHN

CAST
Patrick Alparone*
James Carpenter*
Safiya Fredricks*
Anthony Fusco*
Lance Gardner*
Denmo Ibrahim*
Rami Margron*
Stacy Ross*

*Denotes member of Actor's Equity Association.


EVENTS


FIRST LOOK
Get a First Look into our process the week before performances begin! Enjoy the groves on a Sunday evening, where Artistic Director Eric Ting will moderate a Q&A with our artists.

First Look: Sunday, May 22

PREVIEWS
Be part of the process by seeing Much Ado About Nothing before opening night at deeply discounted prices. The first preview of each show is a special Pay-What-You-Can Preview. Tickets are first-come, first-served, and available by calling the day of the show

Previews: Wednesday, May 25; Thursday, May 26; and Friday, May 27

OPENING NIGHT Experience the excitement of the opening night performance and then mingle with the cast and creative team at a complimentary post-show party.

Opening Night: Saturday, May 28

MEET THE ARTISTS
This post-show discussion series provides an opportunity to discuss the plays with production cast members. The Meet the Artists series immediately follows select 4pm Sunday matinees and is free and open to the public.

Meet the Artists: Sunday, May 29

OPEN-CAPTIONED PERFORMANCES
Cal Shakes is to continue to provide open captioning for patrons who are deaf or hard-of-hearing for all of our 2016 productions. Open captioning utilizes an unobtrusive screen at the front of the theater to display dialogue spoken during a performance. No special equipment is required by patrons; one can simply glance at the screen to read the text while watching the action on stage.

Open Captioning : Wednesday, June 1

INSIGHT MATINEES
Performances followed by a conversation with the dramaturg exploring the world of the play. InSight takes place in the Bruns Amphitheater immediately following the show and is free and open to the public.

Insight Matinee: Sunday, June 5

FIRST SHAKESPEARE
Play a role in your family’s ongoing love of theater and make a memory to last a lifetime by bringing a child to their first Shakespeare performance. Get a discounted $20 kid’s ticket with the purchase of a full-priced adult ticket. Pre-show festivities include activities with a Cal Shakes teaching artist and a commemorative token. *Recommended for children 8 and up.

First Shakespeare: Saturday, June 18

PHOTOS

PRODUCTION
Publicity photo for Much Ado About Nothing


Pictured: (l to r) Denmo Ibrahim as Claudio, Anthony Fusco as Leonato, and Lance Gardner as Don Pedro; (above) Stacy Ross as Benedick in California Shakespeare Theater's production of MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, directed by Jackson Gay;
photo by Alessandra Mello.

Publicity photo for Much Ado About Nothing


Pictured: Stacy Ross as Benedick in California Shakespeare Theater's production of MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, directed by Jackson Gay;
photo by Alessandra Mello.

Publicity photo for Much Ado About Nothing


Pictured: (l to r) James Carpenter as Beatrice and Stacy Ross as Benedick in California Shakespeare Theater's production of MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, directed by Jackson Gay;
photo by Alessandra Mello.

 
Productiom photo for Much Ado About Nothing


Pictured: James Carpenter as Beatrice in California Shakespeare Theater's production of MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, directed by Jackson Gay;
photo by Alessandra Mello.

Productiom photo for Much Ado About Nothing


Pictured: James Carpenter as Beatrice in California Shakespeare Theater's production of MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, directed by Jackson Gay;
photo by Alessandra Mello.

Productiom photo for Much Ado About Nothing


Pictured: (l to r) Anthony Fusco as Leonato, Lance Gardner as Don Pedro, Stacy Ross as Benedick, and Denmo Ibrahim as Claudio in California Shakespeare Theater's production of MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, directed by Jackson Gay;
photo by Alessandra Mello.

Productiom photo for Much Ado About Nothing


Pictured: Anthony Fusco as Dogberry (center) and the cast of California Shakespeare Theater's production of MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, directed by Jackson Gay;
photo by Alessandra Mello.

Productiom photo for Much Ado About Nothing


Pictured: (l to r) James Carpenter as Beatrice, Safiya Fredericks as Hero, Rami Margron as the Friar, Stacy Ross as Benedick, and Anthony Fusco as Leonato in California Shakespeare Theater's production of MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, directed by Jackson Gay;
photo by Alessandra Mello.

Productiom photo for Much Ado About Nothing


Pictured: (l to r) James Carpenter as Beatrice and Stacy Ross as Benedick in California Shakespeare Theater's production of MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, directed by Jackson Gay;
photo by Alessandra Mello.

Productiom photo for Much Ado About Nothing


Pictured: (l to r) James Carpenter as Beatrice and Stacy Ross as Benedick in California Shakespeare Theater's production of MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, directed by Jackson Gay;
photo by Alessandra Mello

Productiom photo for Much Ado About Nothing


Pictured: (l to r) James Carpenter as Beatrice and Stacy Ross as Benedick in California Shakespeare Theater's production of MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, directed by Jackson Gay;
photo by Alessandra Mello

Productiom photo for Much Ado About Nothing


Pictured: Stacy Ross as Benedick in California Shakespeare Theater's production of MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, directed by Jackson Gay;
photo by Alessandra Mello.

Productiom photo for Much Ado About Nothing


Pictured: (l to r) James Carpenter as Beatrice and Stacy Ross as Benedick in California Shakespeare Theater's production of MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, directed by Jackson Gay;
photo by Alessandra Mello

Productiom photo for Much Ado About Nothing


Pictured: (l to r) James Carpenter as Beatrice, Safiya Fredericks as Hero, Denmo Ibrahim as Claudio, Anthony Fusco as Leonato, Rami Margron as the Friar, Lance Gardner as Don Pedro, and Stacy Ross as Benedick in California Shakespeare Theater's production of MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, directed by Jackson Gay;
photo by Alessandra Mello.

 

INFORMATION FOR PARENTS AND TEACHERS

We believe in opening young minds to the power and magic of live theater. However, we understand that not every production may be appropriate for every child or family, as we frequently address mature issues, ideas, and themes. We are happy to speak with you further about the content and/or artistic expression of any of our productions to aid you in determining whether it is suitable for your children.

Children under four are not permitted in the Amphitheater as a courtesy to our patrons and artists

This production includes a brief onstage smoking of e-cigarettes, drinking of “liquor,” and mild profanity.