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Much Ado

Directing Honors Thesis, March 2024

A blue figure in the middle struggles to escape. Pink figures surround them in a floral trap.

Poster by Iz Lee '27.

 

Rose Palmieri ’24 presents this new exploration of Shakespeare’s classic play, excavating the traditional story to find a newer, more uncertain love story quietly hiding behind the brouhaha of the comedy’s original courtship. “Much Ado” takes the text of “Much Ado About Nothing” and reframes it to explore ideas about womanhood, motherhood, and queer love. Beginning with lingering questions about the original play- Why doesn’t the heroine stand up for herself? Why are some characters silent and others bombastic? When do you fight tradition, and when do you succumb to it?- Palmieri strips down the cast to highlight what remains: a mother, a daughter, a fiancé, a lover, a friend, and two affectionate fools.

 

Frear Ensemble Theater 

Friday 3/29 @ 8 pm

Saturday 3/30 @ 2 pm & 8 pm

Sunday 3/31 @ 2 pm & 7 pm 

Free and open to the public 

ASL interpretation at every performance 



Ivy Hoffman '27 - Beatrice
Madeline “Joe” Fox '27 - Benedick
Daniel Sun '27 - Claudio
Fiona Stewart '24 - Hero
Genine Collins '27 - Leanata
Sophia Pereda-Echeverry '25 - Margaret
Nikhil Tignor '24 - Pedro

Director - Rose Palmieri '24
Stage Manager - Eilis Skamarakas
Assistant Stage Manager - Prerna Karmacharya '26
Set - Victoria Gill-Gomez
Sound - Liz Atkinson
Lights - Isabella Gill-Gomez
Costume - LeVonne Lindsay
Intimacy - Colleen Hughes
Dramaturgy - Jack Pryor
Music - Whitney Grinnage-Cassidy '24

Sign Interpretation provided by SIGNINterpreting Services, LLC. 

 

The cast of "Much Ado".

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Fiona Stewart '24 as Hero, with ASL interpreters in the background. 

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Genine Collins '27 as Leanata

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Madeline "Joe" Fox '27 as Benedick and Ivy Hoffman '27 as Beatrice

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Sophia Pereda-Echeverry '25 as Margaret and Ivy Hoffman '27 as Beatrice

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Daniel Sun '27 as Claudio

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Madeline "Joe" Fox '27 as Benedick

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Genine Collins '27 as Leanata, Daniel Sun '27 as Claudio, and Nikhil Tignor '24 as Pedro

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Sophia Pereda-Echeverry '25 as Margaret and Ivy Hoffman '27 as Beatrice

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Fiona Stewart '24 as Hero

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Madeline  "Joe" Fox '27 as Benedick, Nikhil Tignor '24 as Pedro, Sophia Pereda-Echeverry '25 as Margaret, and Ivy Hoffman '27 as Beatrice 

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Clockwise from top: Madeline "Joe" Fox '27 as Benedick, Ivy Hoffman '27 as Beatrice, Fiona Stewart '24 as Hero, Sophia Pereda-Echeverry '25 as Margaret

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The cast of "Much Ado".

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