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The Hampton Players & Company Presents 'Much Ado About Nothing' by William Shakespeare
03/12/2018 - #156

HAMPTON, Va. (March 12, 2018) — The Hampton Players & Company presents “Much Ado About Nothing,” in the Little Theatre of Armstrong Hall on the campus of Hampton University on Friday, March 23, and Saturday, March 24, at 8 p.m., with a Sunday matinee on March 25, at 3 p.m.

When local hero, Don “Prince” Pedro, returns from the Korean conflict with his best friends, Benedick and Claudio, and his vindictive brother, John and his bad boy followers, they are given a hero’s welcome and invited to spend a month with Leonato, mayor of Messina, a small southern town.

When Leonato’s daughter Hero falls in love with Claudio, and her cousin, Beatrice continues a war of words with Benedick, the comedy mounts in this updated version of Shakespeare’s beloved comedy, “Much Ado About Nothing.”

But as the course of true love never did run straight, Beatrice and Benedick are tricked into thinking each is in love with the other and the bad boys, led by John, connive to ruin Hero’s reputation on the eve of her wedding. When she’s publicly accused of infidelity, she faints and is left for dead by Claudio and the Prince. Will her reputation be restored? Will Claudio learn the truth about Hero’s slander? Will Beatrice and Benedick kindle a romance or will they “talk themselves mad” in a skirmish of wits?

All these questions, and more, will be answered when Hampton University’s Hampton Players and Company take the stage in their production of “Much Ado About Nothing”, set in the 1950s.  The production runs March 23 and 24, 2018 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, March 25, 2018 at 3 p.m.
It’s rated “G” for great family entertainment!

Dr. Robin Jackson Boisseau serves as director of “Much Ado About Nothing.” She has served as an Assistant Professor of Theatre at Hampton University since 2001.  She received her Masters of Fine Arts in Directing from Memphis State University and her Ph.D. in Theatre History, Theory, and Criticism from the University of Maryland, College Park.   She has directed shows such as “The Chalk Garden,” “Annie Get Your Gun,” “A Moon for the Misbegotten,” “Pirates of Penzance,” and “Trifles” at other venues, as well as “The Disappearance,” “Crimes of the Heart,” “The Taming of the Shrew,” “A Streetcar Named Desire,” “Macbeth,” “Blues for an Alabama Sky,” “Dearly Departed,” “The Lion in Winter,” “How I Learned to Drive,” “Crowns,” (co-directed with Dr. Karen Turner Ward), “Romeo & Juliet,” “Through the Crack,” “New Voices,” “New Plays,” “Stick Fly,” “Midsummer Night’s Dream,” “Day of Absence,” “Happy Ending,” “Common Thread,” and “Blythe Spirit” at Hampton University.

C. Perry Otto is the scenic and light designer for “Much Ado About Nothing.”  This is his 25th season with the Hampton Players.  He has designed sets and lights for numerous Players’ production including: “Blythe Spirit,” “Day of Absence,” “Happy Ending,” “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill,” “Lion King, Jr.,” “Annie Jr.,” “Midsummer Night’s Dream,” “Little Shop of Horrors,” “Stick Fly,” “Romeo & Juliet,” “Ruined, Doubt,” “The Lion in Winter,” “A Love To Call My Own,” “Dearly Departed,” “The Bluest Eye,” “A Love To Call My Own,” “Blues for an Alabama Sky,” “A Raisin in the Sun,” “Macbeth,” “Smokey Joe’s Café,” “Grease,” “A Streetcar Named Desire,” “West Side Story,” “The Wiz,” “What Use Are Flowers?,” “Shakin’ The Mess Outta Misery,” “The Disappearance,” “Sasha and the Magic Cookie Maker”, “Tartuffe,” “Mama Dee’s Girls,” “Shakuntala,” “Dracula,” “Black Pearls,” “The Amen Corner,” “Steal Away,” “The Piano Lesson,” “The Emperor Jones,” “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?,” “40 Acres and A Mule” (World Premiere), “Once On This Island,” “One Mo’ Time," and “Equus.”

Corinne Langford is the costume designer for “Much Ado About Nothing.” This is her second season with the Hampton Players. She has designed costume and make-up for the University of Memphis’s production of “Oklahoma!” as well as Tennessee Shakespeare’s production of “Romeo and Juliet.” With the Hampton Players she has designed costume and make-up for “Day of Absence,” “Happy Ending,” “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill,” “Lion King, Jr.,” “Common Thread,” “Annie, Jr.,” “Blythe Spirit,” and “Black Nativity.”
The cast includes Hampton University students and alums Arleena Allen, Aalyiah Arnold, Nesiah Banks, Cheyenne Barber, Alexis Barbour, Torenzo Blair, Kierra Calhoun, Jayla Daniel, Noelle Gray, Olivia Haney, Kedryck James, Sade Means, Michael Payne, Kobie Polk, Kyla Primas, Malachi Townsley, Jacorey Walston and Raina Williams.

The Hampton Players and Company is a professionally run performing ensemble.  The performers are not limited to the University stage, but have appeared on stages throughout the United States.

The Hampton Players’ box office is located in the center of the first floor of the Armstrong Hall building and is open Monday – Friday, 2 - 7 p.m. and Saturday, 1 - 5 p.m.  For ticket information, call the Box Office at 727-5236 or 727-5402.  Ticket prices are:

    General Admission                $10.00
    Senior Citizens                      $8.00
    Children/Non-HU Students      $8.00
    HU Students Free with ID


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