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Much Ado About Nothing -- (McDonough) - Short Play, Comedy

Much Ado About Nothing -- (McDonough)

William Shakespeare, Jerome McDonough

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Short Play, Comedy

7m, 4f, 3m or f

ISBN: 9780874400472

Adapted by Jerome McDonough
From the author of Running comes a contest-tailored abridgement of the Shakespeare classic.
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Minimum Fee: $45 per performance


Description

Short Play

Comedy

Adaptations (Shakespeare)

40 minutes

Settings Of Play - Leonato's home in Messina.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

UIL Approved, Competition or audition material

Interior Set, Exterior Set, Bare Stage/Simple Set

CAUTIONS

No Special Cautions

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult, Senior, Teen (Age 14 - 18)

PERFORMANCE GROUP

High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

From the author of Running comes a contest-tailored abridgement of the Shakespeare classic. Young lovers, virtue, villainy, and charming naivete abound. Don John and Borachio and the unwitting Margaret supply the deception regarding Hero. Claudio, Leonato, Don Pedro, and Ursula are the saddened recipients. Only Beatrice, Hero's closest friend, refuses to accept the fabrication and enlists the help of her sometimes suitor, sometimes nemesis, Benedick. Their love battle weaves through the other passions of the play. Order is restored despite the hilarious and oddly-worded meddling of Dogberry and Verges, the inept clowns, uh, constables (these plum comic roles are females in this version). The wedding day finally arrives, under most unusual circumstances, and Friar Francis (who helped right the wrong) blesses the union of Hero and Claudio. Benedick and Beatrice are each mirthfully betrayed by letters and poems in their own hands and a second love match is made. Only Don Pedro seems left out of the joy, and is chided by the formerly sworn woman hater, Benedick -- "Prince, thou art sad. Get thee a wife!" And music and dancing and celebration bring down the curtain on Much Ado About Nothing.
Characters

CASTING

7m, 4f, 3m or f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Non-Traditional casting, Cross gender casting

CASTING NOTES

DOGBERRY, VERGES, and the MESSENGER may be played by female or male.

CHORUS SIZE

N/A (Not a musical)

DON PEDRO - Prince of Aragon. 
DON JOHN - his illegitimate brother.
CLAUDIO - a young lord of Florence. 
BENEDICK - a young lord of Padua. 
LEONATO - Governor of Messina. 
BORACHIO - follower of Don John. 
FRIAR FRANCIS 
HERO - daughter to Leonato. 
BEATRICE - niece to Leonato. 
MARGARET - waiting gentlewoman attending on Hero. 
URSULA - waiting gentlewoman attending on Hero. 
DOGBERRY - a Constable. 
VERGES - a Headborough. 
A MESSENGER - double cast (Sexton). 

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MUSICAL STYLE

N/A (Not a musical)

VOCAL DEMANDS

N/A (Not a musical)

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