Much Ado About Nothing

The Rude Mechanicals are proud to present our first main stage production!

The story:

Don Pedro and his soldiers, drunk with victory from the war, arrive in Messina to visit his friend Leonato. Traveling with Don Pedro are his two finest officers: the quick-witted, cynical Benedick and his earnest young friend Claudio. In Leonato’s household are two women: his earnest young daughter Hero (whom Claudio wishes to marry) and his quick-witted, cynical niece Beatrice. Benedick and Beatrice have long waged a “merry war” of clever insults. It’s clear to everyone but the two combatants that the battle of words is their way of disguising their feelings for each other. It will take a monumental comic deception to make them realize and admit the truth. But Messina’s peace is shattered when Claudio, influenced by a scheming malcontent, levels a shocking accusation at Hero that brings the play perilously close to tragedy. (Thank you to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival for the summary!)

The concept:

Don Pedro and his soldiers will be returning back to our area, the Hanford area, after serving in World War II. Experience Much Ado as you never have before, surrounded by the history at the REACH Interpretive Center and seeing and hearing how Shakespeare's problematic story of the battle of the sexes applies to what women and men were experiencing in the late 1940's.

Suitability Suggestions:

This sophisticated and witty battle of the sexes will also explore jealousy and rage, leaving one couple's happiness still in doubt at the play's end. Exuberant, passionate and complex, Much Ado about Nothing may be best suited for well-prepared middle and high school students.

Our special "Backstage Pass" ($10) is recommended for students and any other community members who want a fun and unique experience to help them explore details of the plot, characters, themes and language of the play in preparation for the performance. By purchasing a backstage pass, you also get first choice in the general seating area of the amphitheater, before the house opens!

Tickets will be available starting May 15, both on-line and at the REACH Interpretive Center.

Ticket pricing/options will include:

$5 Groundling Tickets (limited amount for each performance) - Sit right up near and/or on the stage, just like the groundlings in Shakespeare's time did!

$15 student/teacher/senior/military discount - Blanket or lawn chair seating in the amphitheater. Proper ID may be checked at the door for discount.

$18 general admission - Blanket or lawn chair seating in the amphitheater.

$50 Royal Gallery - Be treated like Queen Elizabeth I or King James I, with reserved, shaded seating, complimentary bottled water and snacks, a show poster autographed by the cast of Much Ado About Nothing, and other fun surprises.

Add-on option: $10 Backstage Pass
- Recommended for anyone who wants a fun and unique experience to help them explore details of the plot, characters, themes and language of the play in preparation for the performance. By purchasing a backstage pass, you also get first choice in the general seating area of the amphitheater, before the house opens! The Backstage Pass event begins at 5:30 PM. The REACH galleries open at 5:30 PM, and the pre-show discussion will start at 6 PM.

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Food and drink will be available for purchase. Castle Catering will provide wine, beer, and two signature drinks for purchase, along with delicious cheese plates. Concessions such as bottled water, candy, and other sundries will also be available.