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Shakespeare in the Park brings 'Much Ado About Nothing' to Redwood City

Benedick (David Everett Moore, left) and Beatrice (Livia Gomes Demarchi) have a strange way of flirting, but they're fooling no one but themselves in San Francisco Shakespare Festival's "Much Ado About Nothing." Courtesy Jay Yamada.

No summer is really complete without concerts in the park and Shakespeare in the Park, and as we begin to look toward fall, the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival is here to make sure audiences have a chance to enjoy the latter of those summertime entertainment essentials.

In fact, the company is marking the 40th anniversary of its free outdoor Shakespeare performances with a production of the Bard's "Much Ado About Nothing," which runs Saturday and Sunday afternoons Aug. 14-28 at Red Morton Park in Redwood City, with a preview Aug. 13.

"Much Ado About Nothing" is a play that the company has staged three times previously, about once a decade, according to the festival's website. The play features one of Shakespeare's most memorable couples, as well as a problematic view of feminine purity that lingers in society to this day.

There appears, initially, to be no love lost between Benedick and Beatrice, whose entertaining verbal sparring fails to conceal their growing mutual affection — and fools no one but themselves. But their budding romance is put to the test when the villainous Don John calls into question the virtue of Beatrice's young cousin, Hero.

Livia Gomes Demarchi, left, as Beatrice and David Everett Moore as Benedick in San Francisco Shakespeare Festival's "Much Ado About Nothing." Courtesy Jay Yamada.

The production, directed by Shannon R. Davis, moves the setting close to home and to a time period not all that long ago.

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"We set the play in alternate-timeline San Francisco where the early 90’s and mid 2000’s have blended together, reminding us this isn’t quite today or accessible, but familiar," Davis said in the program notes.

"Much Ado About Nothing" runs Aug. 14-28, 4 p.m., with an Aug. 13 preview at Red Morton Park, Valota and Vera avenues, Redwood City. Admission is free. For more information, visit sfshakes.org.

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Heather Zimmerman
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Shakespeare in the Park brings 'Much Ado About Nothing' to Redwood City

by / Palo Alto Weekly

Uploaded: Thu, Aug 11, 2022, 3:23 pm

No summer is really complete without concerts in the park and Shakespeare in the Park, and as we begin to look toward fall, the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival is here to make sure audiences have a chance to enjoy the latter of those summertime entertainment essentials.

In fact, the company is marking the 40th anniversary of its free outdoor Shakespeare performances with a production of the Bard's "Much Ado About Nothing," which runs Saturday and Sunday afternoons Aug. 14-28 at Red Morton Park in Redwood City, with a preview Aug. 13.

"Much Ado About Nothing" is a play that the company has staged three times previously, about once a decade, according to the festival's website. The play features one of Shakespeare's most memorable couples, as well as a problematic view of feminine purity that lingers in society to this day.

There appears, initially, to be no love lost between Benedick and Beatrice, whose entertaining verbal sparring fails to conceal their growing mutual affection — and fools no one but themselves. But their budding romance is put to the test when the villainous Don John calls into question the virtue of Beatrice's young cousin, Hero.

The production, directed by Shannon R. Davis, moves the setting close to home and to a time period not all that long ago.

"We set the play in alternate-timeline San Francisco where the early 90’s and mid 2000’s have blended together, reminding us this isn’t quite today or accessible, but familiar," Davis said in the program notes.

"Much Ado About Nothing" runs Aug. 14-28, 4 p.m., with an Aug. 13 preview at Red Morton Park, Valota and Vera avenues, Redwood City. Admission is free. For more information, visit sfshakes.org.

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Claudette
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Woodside
on Aug 15, 2022 at 12:15 pm
Claudette, Woodside
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on Aug 15, 2022 at 12:15 pm

Preview August 13..........posted August 15????


Claudette
Registered user
Woodside
on Aug 15, 2022 at 12:15 pm
Claudette, Woodside
Registered user
on Aug 15, 2022 at 12:15 pm

Preview August 13..........posted August 15????


Heather L Zimmerman
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Mayfield
on Aug 15, 2022 at 12:54 pm
Heather L Zimmerman, Mayfield
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on Aug 15, 2022 at 12:54 pm

Hi Claudette, Thank you so much for reading and sharing your thoughts. The story about "Much Ado About Nothing" was posted to our websites on Thursday, Aug. 11, ahead of the play's opening weekend. The story is still current because the play does run through the end of August. I believe it was shared in the Express newsletter today because editors had chosen a different story to highlight on Friday.


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