Shakespeare Santa Monica presents Much Ado About Nothing June 20-27.
Shakespeare Santa Monica is a young, attractive, energetic group of actors that present Free Shakespeare productions every summer in unusual settings (tennis courts, parks etc.) in Santa Monica, CA. This June they present Much Ado About Nothing at Reed Memorial Park. Shakespeare can be difficult for many audiences to understand and stay awake through sometimes, but this theater group brings Shakespeare to life in unusual, visually stimulating ways using a great deal of silliness, fantastical dance and movement. This year’s production is delivered on a tennis court, lit by game lights and includes a good deal of circus elements. Their productions are fresh and easy to follow; a great way to introduce young people to Shakespeare and a refreshing, new presentation for those of us who know many of Shakespeare’s works by heart.
Up-and-coming actor/director Vincent Cardinale directs this year’s work. It is the second SSM production directed by him and his eighth directorial achievement. He also directed Santa Monica Shakespeare’s popular production of Twelfth Night in 2007. Much Ado About Nothing really features the abilities of the young actors who make up the cast. The entire ensemble has been through rigorous training from impressive teachers, including Louis Scheeder who is Founder and Director of The Classical Studio at NYU. For a fun evening of Shakespeare under the stars in Santa Monica, be sure to catch one of the eight performances of Much Ado About Nothing next week. It promises to be lots of fun.
Tournament Tennis Court #1
Reed Memorial Park/Corner of Wilshire & 7th St. in Santa Monica, California Shakespeare Santa Monica’s productions are always free, but a $20 donation is suggested. Buy/reserve tickets online at: http://www.jfbnyla.com/shakespearesantamonica/audience.html or “Pay What You Will” at the door.