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Much Ado About Nothing

Synopsis
Video recording of the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s 2011 staging of Much Ado About Nothing directed by Ethan McSweeney. Videotaped for WAPAVA by Geoff Moore.
Language
English
Country
United States
Medium
Video
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Recording date
29 Dec 2011
Duration
165 (inc. interval)

Credits

Director
Ethan McSweeny
Writer
William Shakespeare
Music
Steven Cahill
Production Design
Lee Savage
Costume
Clint Ramos
Contributor
Geoff Moore
Cast
Meisle. KathrynBeatrice
Derek Smith (2)Benedick
Ryan GarbayoClaudio
David ToneyDon Pedro
Ted Van GriethuysenDogberry
Adrian SparksLeonato
Ashley SmithConrade
Bev AppletonAntonio
Carlos GonzalezWatchman 1 (Seacole)
Colleen DelaneyUrsula
Floyd KingVerges
Kate HursterHero
Lawrence RedmondFriar Francis
Mark HairstonBorachio
Matthew McGeeBalthasar
Matthew SalvidarDon John
Phil HosfordWatchman 2 (Oatcake)
Rachel Spencer HewittMargaret

Additional Details

Theatre
Sidney Harman Hall
Theatre company
Shakespeare Theatre Company
Production type
Stage Recordings
Historical period
1930s
Plays
Much Ado About Nothing
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

Notes

General
The production was accused of stereotyping Latinos. The theatre programmes were altered to include the names Shakespeare had given to the two minor characters, Hugh Oatcake and George Seacoal. For the first few weeks of the run, which began Nov. 25, the characters used names that had been made up by director Ethan McSweeny: Juan Huevos and Jose Frijoles. The names were considered demeaning and derogatory by Latino theatre artists, who wrote of their displeasure to artistic director Michael Kahn.
Stills
The play is set on a sugar plantation in Cuba in the 1930s.

Archive

Name

Washington Area Performing Arts Video Archive (WAPAVA)

Email
leahkim@umd.edu
Web
http://www.wapava.org External site opens in new window
Phone
(301) 405 9117
Address
James J. Taylor Collection
Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library
University of Maryland
College Park, Maryland 20742-1630

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