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Much Ado About Nothing

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Dr. A.J. Ferlazzo Building

15941 Donald Curtis Drive

Woodbridge, VA 22191

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Much Ado About Nothing

by William Shakepeare

In Shakespeare’s time “nothing” was pronounced “noting”– so in “Much Ado About Noting”, noting has a formal meaning synonymous with gossip, rumor, and overhearing or eavesdropping. That pretty much sums up this play… people putting way too much stock in second-hand information. Much Ado About Nothing, written in 1598, interweaves the story of two couples. The more interesting and definitely more amusing one is Benedick and Beatrice, who apparently have a rocky romance in their past history. But now they devote all of their energy in their interactions to insulting each other as wittily as possible, each trying to one-up the other. Beatrice wins most of the time.

The other romance is between Claudio, a count and military friend of Benedick’s, and Beatrice’s cousin Hero, a wealthy heiress. Claudio comes home from war, takes a look at Hero and all of her huge tracts of land (actually they’re her father’s, but will be Hero’s at some point), decides he’s in love, makes sure she’s her father’s only child and heir – and then lets his commander, the Prince of Aragon, Don Pedro, propose to Hero on his behalf. It’s an odd thing, but then most of Hero’s and Claudio’s relationship plays out in an oddly public manner. So when Don Pedro’s jealous and mean-spirited brother, Don John, decides to torpedo their romance, just because, it goes south in an equally public way.

But meanwhile all of Beatrice and Benedick’s friends have decided that the war of wits between them is hiding deeper feelings, and in one of the funnier plot developments, decide to trick both of them into thinking the other loves them but will never speak of it because they’re too hard-hearted. When things go horribly off the rails between Hero and Claudio, Benedick has a choice to make: his old world of his male buddies or his newly discovered love for Beatrice.



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The Castaways Repertory Theatre is a non-profit community theatre that performs in Woodbridge, Virginia. The membership consists of volunteers from all over the area and all walks of life who come together to provide quality live theatre to the community.

More information about Castaways can be found at www.castawaystheatre.org.

The Madwoman of Chaillot is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.

Partial funding has been provided to Castaways Repertory Theatre by Prince William County.

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