Jun 01 2012 / Much Ado About Nothing

Much Ado About Nothing

By William Shakespeare

Directed by David M. Jenkins

Mar. 13 – Apr. 7, 2013

Thu. – Sat. 8pm, Sun. 4pm

Tickets: $28

Shimberg Playhouse
Straz Center for the Performing Arts

Cast & Crew Media Patron Reviews Season

“Jobsite Theater’s production of Shakespeare’s play Much Ado About Nothing captures the vulnerabilities of human emotion and error…. They executed one of Shakespeare’s most beloved works with all the frivolous fracas and tirades of jealousy, stubbornness and denial. Turns out, all the ado was worth something.” – Tampa Bay Times

“[Jobsite] can hold its metaphorical head high, as the company has successfully rendered this colorful play…. It’s sort of rustic, like Brian Smallheer’s charming set design, which helps blow away any stuffiness theatergoers might attribute to Shakespeare.” – Tampa Tribune

“wonderfully sharp and charming … this is a clinic on how Shakespeare should be played by Americans…. If you think that Shakespeare’s language is hard to understand, this is the show that will change your mind…. Much Ado About Nothing: it’s worth seeing and savoring.” – Creative Loafing

The Ensemble of Jobsite's Much Ado About Nothing. (Photo by Brian Smallheer.)Considered one of the most popular and charming of Shakespeare’s comedies (and one of the very few where the female lead doesn’t have to dress up at some point as a dude), Much Ado About Nothing features the classic couple Benedick (an arrogant and confirmed bachelor, played by Ned Averill-Snell) and Beatrice (his favorite sparring partner, played by Roxanne Fay).

While the feisty couple hides their infatuation beneath witty barbs, young love blossoms as Hero (Betty-Jane Parks) and Claudio (J. Elijah Cho) race to the altar. When the just Don Pedro’s (Matt Lunsford) wicked brother Don John (Michael C. McGreevy) conspires to break up the wedding, will false accusations and misunderstandings prevent the young couple’s happy ending? Will Dogberry (Spencer Meyers) and his misfit watch save the day? Witty wordplay, passionate poetry and clever plot twists make this the perfect romantic evening to share love and laughter.

Jobsite is presenting Shakespeare’s text of Much Ado About Nothing, a distinction the company learned needed to be made in 2011 when producing The Taming of the Shrew – some fans assumed it was a modern language re-telling as the company did with the mob-musical Pericles. The Much Ado script has been shortened slightly and some of the smaller characters have been combined to be played by a single actor, not at all uncommon in the modern theater. Conceptually, the production is set in a timeless fantasy land reminiscent of films such as Terry Gilliam’s Baron Munchausen or Neil Gaiman’s Stardust.

(from top) Matt Lunsford and J. Elijah Cho in Jobsite's Much Ado About Nothing. (Photo by Brian Smallheer.)Jobsite’s production is surrounded by a few interesting coincidences. In July of this year, filmmaker Joss Whedon’s (The Avengers, Serenity) anticipated black and white indie project turned full-blown studio release of Much Ado hits screens. Jobsite Producing Artistic Director David Jenkins (who directs) at first considered his casting of Beatrice and Benedick as slightly non-traditional, as the roles are typically filled by younger actors than he hired, but in December his thunder was stolen when it was announced that this year Vanessa Redgrave (75) and James Earl Jones (81) will play the famous pair at London’s Old Vic.

In addition to Shrew and the Popp-Paonessa-Gobioff adapted Pericles, Jobsite has had success with Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus and of course their multiple sold-out engagements of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) dating back to 2001.

Student Performances

Teachers: we have a daytime performance of Much Ado About Nothing on Mar. 28 at 11am at a greatly reduced student group rate. Write to Kari.Marshall@StrazCenter.org for more details and to reserve your seats!

Cast & Crew

  • David M. Jenkins – Director

Cast

  • Ned Averill-Snell – Benedick
  • J. Elijah Cho – Claudio/Conrade
  • Jason Evans – Borachio/Antonio
  • Roxanne Fay* – Beatrice
  • Matt Lunsford – Don Pedro/Verges
  • Michael C. McGreevy – Don John/Watchman
  • Spencer Meyers – Balthasar/Dogberry/Friar Francis
  • Alvin Jenkins – Leonato/Watchman/Sexton
  • Betty-Jane Parks – Hero/Watchman
  • Katrina Stevenson – Margaret/Watchman

* Member of Actors’ Equity Association

  • Matthew Ray – Stage Manager

Crew

  • Tierra Bonser – Dramaturg
  • Greg Newcomb – Poster Artist
  • Brian M. Smallheer – Scenic/Lighting Designer
  • Dave Steinweg – Sound Desginer
  • Katrina Stevenson – Costume Designer
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Ned Averill-Snell

American Buffalo, Beauty Queen, Boys Next Door, Fahrenheit 451, Inventing Van Gogh, Lieutenant of Inishmore, Much Ado About Nothing, Race, The Lonesome West

Jonathan Cho

J. Elijah Cho

Artistic Associates, Bondage, Crimes of the Heart, Hedwig, Macbeth, Much Ado About Nothing, Return to the Forbidden Planet, Short Comings 2009

Jason Evans

Jason Vaughan Evans

Acropolis, America abridged, American Buffalo, Artistic Associates, Bible abridged, Books abridged, Chapel Perilous, Cloud Nine, Delusion of Darkness, Dog Sees God, Dracula, Dream Play, Gorey Stories, Gorey Stories 2012, Grimm's Faery Tales, Hipster McBigballs, History of the Devil, Hot Nights for the War Wives of Ithaka, Hurlyburly, Lieutenant of Inishmore, Machinal, March of the Kitefliers, March of the Kitefliers, Maxwell, Mindgame, Much Ado About Nothing, Murder Ballads, Nature of Fear, Night of the Living Dead, Pericles, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Playing With Fire, Ros and Guil, SDRnR, Shakespeare abridged, Taming of the Shrew, The Odd Couple, Titus Andronicus, Waiting on Sean Flynn, Woman in Mind

Alvin Jenkins

Alvin Jenkins

Boys Next Door, Embedded, Much Ado About Nothing, Night of the Living Dead, Serpent

David Jenkins

David M. Jenkins

America abridged, Artistic Associates, Baby Makes Seven, Beauty Queen, Bible abridged, Bloody Poetry, Books abridged, boom, Closetland, Cloud Nine, Dead Man’s Cell Phone, Dog Sees God, Dracula, Dream Play, Einstein's Dreams, Eleemosynary, Embedded, Fahrenheit 451, Frankie and Johnny, Girl's Guide, Gorey Stories, Gorey Stories 2012, Grimm's Faery Tales, Hay Fever, Hedwig, History of the Devil, Hound of the Baskervilles, Hurlyburly, Lieutenant of Inishmore, Macbeth, March of the Kitefliers, March of the Kitefliers, Maxwell, Mindgame, Mineola Twins, Much Ado About Nothing, Murder Ballads, Night of the Living Dead, Pericles, Pillowman, Playing With Fire, Quills, Race, Reasons to be Pretty, Return to the Forbidden Planet, Ros and Guil, SDRnR, Shakespeare abridged, subUrbia, Taming of the Shrew, The 39 Steps, The Lonesome West, Titus Andronicus, Waiting on Sean Flynn, We Won't Pay, What the Butler Saw, Woman in Mind

Matt Lunsford

Matt Lunsford

All New People, Eleemosynary, Lieutenant of Inishmore, March of the Kitefliers, Much Ado About Nothing, Murder Ballads, Nature of Fear, Night of the Living Dead, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Pillowman, Quills, Ros and Guil, The 39 Steps, The Lonesome West, Woman in Mind

Michael McGreevy

Michael C. McGreevy

Artistic Associates, Boys Next Door, Cloud Nine, Dead Man’s Cell Phone, Delusion of Darkness, Gorey Stories, Gorey Stories 2012, Hay Fever, History of the Devil, Hot Nights for the War Wives of Ithaka, Machinal, Maxwell, Much Ado About Nothing, Night of the Living Dead, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Playing With Fire, Ros and Guil, Taming of the Shrew, The Odd Couple, We Won't Pay, What the Butler Saw

Spencer Meyers

Spencer Meyers

Artistic Associates, Dog Sees God, Dream Play, Gorey Stories, Gorey Stories 2012, Hay Fever, Hedwig, History of the Devil, Hot Nights for the War Wives of Ithaka, Much Ado About Nothing, Pericles, Return to the Forbidden Planet, Ros and Guil, Taming of the Shrew, The 39 Steps

Betty-Jane Parks

Betty-Jane Parks

Baby Makes Seven, Blackbird, Embedded, Much Ado About Nothing, Night of the Living Dead

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Matthew Ray

All New People, Behind the Gates, Chapel Perilous, Closetland, Crimes of the Heart, Einstein's Dreams, Fahrenheit 451, Gorey Stories 2012, Hay Fever, Hedwig, Hound of the Baskervilles, Inventing Van Gogh, Macbeth, Much Ado About Nothing, Race, Reasons to be Pretty, Return to the Forbidden Planet, The Lonesome West, WHWQIC

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Brian M. Smallheer

Acropolis, All New People, American Buffalo, Artistic Associates, Beauty Queen, boom, Boys Next Door, Closetland, Cloud Nine, Dead Man’s Cell Phone, Delusion of Darkness, Dog Sees God, Dracula, Dream Play, Einstein's Dreams, Embedded, Fahrenheit 451, Frankie and Johnny, Gorey Stories, Gorey Stories 2012, Grimm's Faery Tales, Hay Fever, Hedwig, History of the Devil, Hot Nights for the War Wives of Ithaka, Hound of the Baskervilles, Hurlyburly, Inventing Van Gogh, Lieutenant of Inishmore, Macbeth, Machinal, March of the Kitefliers, March of the Kitefliers, Maxwell, Mindgame, Mineola Twins, Much Ado About Nothing, Murder Ballads, Nature of Fear, Night of the Living Dead, Pericles, Phyro-Giants!, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Pillowman, Quills, Rabbit Hole, Race, Reasons to be Pretty, Return to the Forbidden Planet, Ros and Guil, Serpent, subUrbia, Taming of the Shrew, The 39 Steps, The Guys, The Lonesome West, The Odd Couple, This is How it Goes, Tibetan Book of the Dead, Titus Andronicus, Topdog Underdog, Waiting on Sean Flynn, We Won't Pay, What the Butler Saw, Woman in Mind

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David Steinweg

Hound of the Baskervilles, Macbeth, Much Ado About Nothing

Katrina Stevenson

Katrina Stevenson

Acropolis, America abridged, Artistic Associates, Baby Makes Seven, Bible abridged, Blackbird, Bloody Poetry, Books abridged, Boston Marriage, Chapel Perilous, Closetland, Cloud Nine, Crimes of the Heart, Dead Man’s Cell Phone, Delusion of Darkness, Dog Sees God, Dracula, Dream Play, Einstein's Dreams, Embedded, Fahrenheit 451, Girl's Guide, Gorey Stories, Gorey Stories 2012, Grimm's Faery Tales, Hay Fever, Hedwig, History of the Devil, Hound of the Baskervilles, Hurlyburly, Lieutenant of Inishmore, Macbeth, Machinal, March of the Kitefliers, March of the Kitefliers, Mineola Twins, Much Ado About Nothing, Pericles, Phyro-Giants!, Playing With Fire, Quills, Rabbit Hole, Race, Return to the Forbidden Planet, Ros and Guil, SDRnR, Shakespeare abridged, subUrbia, Taming of the Shrew, The 39 Steps, The Lonesome West, The Odd Couple, Tibetan Book of the Dead, Titus Andronicus, Waiting on Sean Flynn, We Won't Pay, What the Butler Saw, Woman in Mind

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The Ensemble of Jobsite's Much Ado About Nothing. (Photo by Brian Smallheer.)

The Ensemble of Jobsite's Much Ado About Nothing. (Photo by Brian Smallheer.)

The Ensemble of Jobsite's Much Ado About Nothing. (Photo by Brian Smallheer.)

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Patron Reviews

Via Twitter

Tonight’s preview of “Much Ado About Nothing” gave us TONS to talk about in the car. Great job, @jobsitetheater cast! Have a wonderful run. – Desirée Fantal

Saw Much Ado About Nothing last night in the @jobsitetheater. Great job by all! #shakespeare #muchado#straz – Krystin Olinski

Go see Much Ado at @jobsitetheater if you can. Beautifully done! #ilovegoodacting – @JantheDiva

Via Facebook

Great show, great cast. See it! – Clare Ward-Jenkins

Loved the production, acting, costumes, set, direction. Bravo! Tampa friends, don’t miss this one! – Susan Oliver

Really good production. Fine direction. Ned Averill-Snell is a treasure. – Kerry Glamsch

Shout out to Jobsite Theater and the cast of Much Ado… Especially Roxanne Fay and Ned Averill-Snell- you both were amazing!! Love to you all! – Amy Elizabeth Gray

Much Ado About Something!! In the immortal words of David Bowen, “My God–It’s Full of Stars!!” ;-) – Jeanne M Adams

Much Ado was entertaining Shakespeare at its best…great cast, quick pacing…fastest three hours I’ve spent in a long time. And the Moots loved it too! – Rick Stutzel

Great cast! A fantastic afternoon of theatre! – Eric Swearingen

Shakespeare is a genious! I have seen his plays at the National Theatre of London and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and I can say that the Jobsite Theatre actors are remarkable! Please go and see it at the Jobsite Theater! – Patrizia LaTrecchia

Lots of fun … :) – Giles Davies

If you love Shakespeare, if you love to laugh, if you love love. Go see Much Ado About Nothing. It is probably some of the best Shakespeare I’ve seen in my life. Lovely, hearty and with the most hilarious cast. Only $10 for student/senior rush tickets and only 2 weekends left to see it. – Sara Rotunda

Great show tonight! Bravo to everyone involved with Jobsite’s Much Ado! Huzzah! – Colleen Cherry

Had a great time at this show! Don’t miss it. – Tom Wood

Bravo to Ned Averill-Snell, Michael C. McGreevy, Katrina Stevenson, Matt Lunsford, Spencer Meyers, Jason Vaughan Evans and the rest of the cast of Jobsite Theater’s rendition of Much Ado About Nothing! Well done, my friends, well done! – Bob Westphal

Saw a show for the ages!! Much Ado About Nothing was amazing! All the actors were brilliantly funny and honest! If you haven’t seen it go go go!! Congratulations to the entire cast and crew! Nothing better than watching wonderfully done Shakespeare! – Sarah McAvoy

What a wonderful evening of theatre. Jobsite Theater brought Much Ado About Nothing to Home Resource in Sarasota. The parking lot, to be exact, where we had rain, homeless people, and an audience member who tried to leave the parking lot in her car while the show was going on. IT WAS BRILLIANT nonetheless. Catch it up in Tampa this weekend – Lauren Wood

Via CLTampa.com

Saw it last night. Fay and Averill-Snell will knock you socks off. – MT Clarity

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