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MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING

"...see what all the Ado is so much about for yourself." - Berkshire Edge

"...keeps everyone at rapt attention..." - MainStreet Magazine

"...a thrilling swirl of color." - Valley Advocate

“…the perfect three-quarter thrust stage amid nature's trees and shrubs.” – In the Spotlight


This show will be performed outdoors at The New Spruce Theatre.

One of Shakespeare’s best-loved comedic masterpieces, Much Ado About Nothing is a celebration of true love, friendship, and comedy that features some of Shakespeare’s most satisfying language. As Count Claudio falls in love with Hero, the daughter of his host, Hero's cousin Beatrice and Benedick – a bachelor – are each duped into believing the other is in love with them. Meanwhile, Claudio is deceived by a plot that suggests Hero has been unfaithful. Will courage, wit, and compassion reveal the truth of their circumstances?

Generously sponsored by Howard and Natalie Shawn.

Artists

Sheila Bandyopadhyay (she / her)

Sheila Bandyopadhyay [she / her]

(Movement Director)

Sheila Bandyopadhyay is delighted to be back at Shakespeare & Company! A director, deviser, movement specialist, Alexander Technique and yoga teacher based in Brooklyn, NY, Sheila has been part of the Faculty at Shakespeare & Company since 2007. Movement Direction: Macbeth (The Humanist Project); Mother Courage and her

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Ariel Bock

Ariel Bock

(Vocal Coach)

S&Co: Acting: Rose (The Children), Mom (Ugly Lies the Bone); Mistress Quickly (Henry IV Pts. 1 & 2); Goneril (King Lear); Beatrice (Much Ado About Nothing); Elizabeth (Richard III); Audrey (As You Like It); Hippolyta (Midsummer Night’s Dream); The Nurse (Romeo and Juliet); Mistress Quickly (Merry Wives

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Gregory Boover (he / him)

Gregory Boover [he / him]

(Claudio)

S&Co: Feste (Twelfth Night), Fenton/Slender (Merry Wives), Silvius/Amiens (As You Like It), Young Men (Macbeth), Iago (Othello ed. tour), Bottom/Demetrius (Midsummer ed. tour), Leo (4000 Miles), Scaramouch (The Emperor of the Moon), Macduff/ Duncan (Macbeth ed. tour), Musician/ Composer (An Iliad), Greg (SLaW), Polonius/Horatio (Hamlet ed. tour), Nurse/Friar

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Elizabeth Cahill

(Sound Designer)

Elizabeth has sound designed for Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, Lyric Stage Company of Boston, Actors’ Shakespeare Project, New Repertory Theatre, Gloucester Stage, SpeakEasy Stage, The A.R.T. Institute, Dance The Yard, Central Square Theatre, New England Conservatory, Fresh Ink Theatre, Bridge Rep, Greater Boston Stage Company, Hasty Pudding Theatricals at

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Caroline Calkins (she / her)

Caroline Calkins [she / her]

(Dogberry)

S&Co: Time Stands Still, Loves Labors Lost, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Emperor of the Moon, Henry V, and others. Caroline has taught for many years in S&Co’s Education Program, including directing in the Fall Festival of Shakespeare (2011-2018) and performing in the Northeast Regional Tours of Romeo

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Olivia Dumaine (she / her)

Olivia Dumaine [she / her]

(Intimacy Choreographer)

Olivia Dumaine is a Boston-based actor and Intimacy Choreographer. Past Intimacy credits include: Everyday Life and Other Odds and Ends (Sleeping Weazel), Passing Strange (Moonbox Productions),Twelfth Night (Catskill Mountain Shakespeare) and 7 Rooms: Masque of the Red Death (Flat Earth Theatre). She is a graduate of the BFA

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Gina Fonseca (she / her)

Gina Fonseca [she / her]

(Hero)

Gina Fonseca is a Miami native actor and creative based in NYC. Regional: Witch (Huntington Theatre Company); Fade (Kitchen Theatre Company); Our Dear Dead Drug Lord (Florida Premiere, Zoetic Stage at The Adrienne Arsht Center); Our Dear Dead Drug Lord (Workshop Premiere, Off the Grid Theatre Company). Educational: Photograph

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Shira Gitlin (they / them)

Shira Gitlin [they / them]

(Assistant Intimacy Choreographer)

Shira Helena Gitlin is a trans nonbinary director, gender consultant, intimacy choreographer, dramaturg, and musical theatre enthusiast. Shira is currently training with Theatrical Intimacy Education and Intimacy Directors and Coordinators to further their intimacy knowledge. As a gender consultant, they have held Trans Training workshops for Dramatists

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Nigel Gore

Nigel Gore

(Leonato)

Recent: Titus, Titus Andronicus; Portland Playhouse. Scrooge, A Christmas Carol; Orlando Shakes. Gloucester, King Lear; Prospero, The Tempest; Belarius/Doctor, Cymbeline; Falstaff, Merry Wives; Caesar, Julius Caesar: Shakespeare & Company. George, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf (Eliot Norton Award Outstanding Actor); Public Theatre Boston. Off-Broadway: Dr. Rank, A Doll’s House;

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Tamara Hickey (she / her)

Tamara Hickey [she / her]

(Beatrice)

S&Co: Time Stands Still, Heisenberg, Cymbeline, The Tempest, Merchant of Venice, Two Gentlemen of Verona; Regional: Appropriate, SpeakEasy Stage; God’s Ear (Elliot Norton Award Best Actress & Best Production), Henry VIII, Pericles, Living In Exile, all for Actors’ Shakespeare Project; Rancho Mirage, New Repertory Theatre; Cabaret, American Repertory

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L. James (he / him)

L. James [he / him]

(Benedick)

Shakespeare & Company: Art. TV Credits include: FBI. Theater Credits: Sender, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Intimate Apparel, Hamlet, Sweat, The MotherF@cker with the Hat, ThreePenny Opera, Ideation, and Angels in America

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Madeleine Rose Maggio

Madeleine Rose Maggio

(Don John)

S&Co: Cassie, The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberley, Ensemble: Shakespeare and the Language that Shaped a World, Marianne Dashwood: Sense & Sensibility; Robert Shallow/Bardolph: Merry Wives; Elizabeth Bennet: Pride & Prejudice; Longaville/Jaquenetta, Love’s Labor’s Lost; Elizabeth Darcy, Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley; Helena/Cobweb, A Midsummer Night’s Dream; S&Co Regional

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Bella Merlin (she / her)

Bella Merlin [she / her]

(Ursula)

S&Co: Maria (Twelfth Night), Sir Hugh Evans (Merry Wives of Windsor), Queen/Arviragus (Cymbeline), Trinculo (The Tempest), Nerissa (The Merchant of Venice), Margaret (Worse Than Wolves), Outlaw (Two Gentlemen of Verona). Regional: Colorado Shakespeare Festival: Margaret (Richard III), LA Phil: Beckett One–Acts. UK: National Theatre: A Laughing Matter; The Permanent

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Devante Owens (they / them)

Devante Owens [they / them]

(Conrad)

Recent credits include Ade, The Easiest Thing (The Tank, NYC debut);S&Co: Burgundy, King Lear (starring Christopher Lloyd), Lucentio, The Taming of the Shrew, Dumaine, Love's Labor's Lost, Theseus, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Ensemble, I HAVE HAD A MOST RARE VISION, Ensemble, Shakespeare and the Language that Shaped the World;

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Naire Poole (she / her)

Naire Poole [she / her]

(Margaret)

Naire Poole is a Virginia-born, New York based actor, director, teaching artist and organizational artist. After tackling the roles of Antigone, Hermia, and three (hang) during her time at FSU/Asolo Conservatory for actor training, she is returning to the industry with a spacious heart and determined mind. Amidst her

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Josh Rodrigues [he / they]

(Assistant Stage Manager)

Josh is thrilled to be making their Shakespeare & Co. debut! Having previously worked mostly on musicals they are very excited to share the work of the Bard of Avon with you! They would like to thank their friends and family but, especially their mother for her

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Gwendolyn Schwinke (she / her)

Gwendolyn Schwinke [she / her]

(Voice Coach)

Vocal Coaching / S&Co: Merry Wives of Windsor, Taming of the Shrew, Love’s Labor’s Lost, Heisenberg, Cymbeline, Intimate Apparel, The Merchant of Venice, Two Gentlemen of Verona, Or, Ugly Lies the Bone, Comedy of Errors, The Unexpected Man, Hamlet, Shakespeare and the Language that Shaped a World. Vocal

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William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare

(Playwright)

He was an English poet, playwright, and actor, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world’s pre-eminent dramatist. His works, including some collaborations, consist of about 37 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and several other poems. His plays have been translated into

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Sarah Shin (she / her)

Sarah Shin [she / her]

(Assistant Director)

Sarah Shin is a Schwenksville-raised, Boston-trained, Brooklyn-based Korean American theatre artist. Recent directing credits include The Cradle Will Rock (Concord Academy), Manuka (Youngbloods @ EST), Final Contact (Central Square Theater), A Very Herrera Holiday (New Repertory Theater), The First Pineapple and Other Folktales (Central Square Theater), and Amputees

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Kiki Smith [she / her]

(Costume Designer)

Designer for over 23 productions here. Obie Award for costumes for the Talking Band in New York. Professor of Theatre at Smith College. So glad to be back in person!

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Kathleen H. Soltan [she / her]

(Assistant Stage Manager)

Kathleen H. Soltan is a Philadelphia based Stage Manager and Creator. Current Role with WAM: Stage Manager WAM Theatre: Second WAM Show. Selected Theatre Credits Elsewhere: King Lear, The Waverly Gallery, Macbeth at Shakespeare & Company, Noises Off!, Othello, The Birds, The Handmaid’s Tale at Curio Theatre

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Michael F. Toomey (he / him)

Michael F. Toomey [he / him]

(Borachio)

Michael is a Brooklyn based actor and creator. He has been a member of S&Co since 1998. Numerous roles at S&Co include Serg (ART), Puck (Midsummer), Poet (An Iliad), Bassinet (Ladies Man), Scapan (title role), Walter (Split Knuckle’s Endurance). Various Roles in NYC: Francis (Francis Goes To War), Francis

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Jake Waid (he / him)

Jake Waid [he / him]

(Don Pedro)

Jake Waid was last seen at Shakespeare & Company in 2009 as Horatio in Hamlet and Sebastian in Twelfth Night. He played the title roles in Hamlet and Henry V, Hal in Henry IV part I, and Brutus in Julius Caesar at Fairbanks Shakespeare Theatre. In 2007, he

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Patrick Brennan [he / him]

(Set Designer)

S&Co Set Design: Morning After Grace, Mothers and Sons, Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley, Roman Fever / Fullness of Life, It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, The How and the Why, Henry V, Mother of the Maid, Shakespeare’s Will, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and

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Kevin G. Coleman

Kevin G. Coleman

(Fight Choreographer)

Kevin is one of Shakespeare?& Company’s artistic and administrative leaders. He works in the Performance and Training departments as an actor, teacher, and director, and oversees the mission of the Education department. Kevin has been a guest teacher or director at MIT, Harvard, L.S.U., Stanford, Shenandoah Shakespeare,

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Maegan A. Conroy (she / her)

Maegan A. Conroy [she / her]

(Stage Manager)

S&Co: Creditors, Ugly Lies the Bone, DibbleDance: Shoes On, Shoes Off, Private Lives, Julius Caesar. Merrimack Repertory Theatre: Erma Bombeck: At Wit’s End, The Rise and Fall of Holly Fudge, Wild Horses, Until the Flood, Nina Simone: Four Women, The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberley, Tiny Beautiful Things, Cry

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Kelly Galvin (she/her)

Kelly Galvin [she/her]

(Director)

Kelly most recently directed Beasts for the Boston Playwrights’ Theatre and this August she will direct A Midsummer Night’s Dream for The Theater at Woodshill. With S&Co, she has directed The Taming of the Shrew and Love's Labour's Lost at the Mount, and Let’s Recount Our Dreams for the

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Shakespeare & Company is a professional live theatre company in the heart of the Berkshires, presenting a vibrant summer performance season featuring the works of Shakespeare in repertory with classic and contemporary plays. The Company offers one of the most extensive actor training programs by a regional theatre in the country, and is also home to an award-winning and nationally recognized theatre-in-education program.

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