Written by William Shakespeare
Directed by D. Lance Marsh; Featuring: Wil Rogers, Renee Krapff, Madelon Wink, Nicholas Mayes, Hal Kohlman, Mark Branson, and Mark Johnson
"The Original Rom-Com"
Love's in the air when Don Pedro's army, drunk with victory from the war, descends upon Leonato's country estate in Messina. Travelings with him is Claudio, who wants to marry Leonato's daughter Hero. Meanwhile, Claudio's friend Benedick and Leonato's lively niece Beatric hide their mutual attraction behind a volley of witty insults. But their world is shattered when Claudio, influenced by a scheming malcontent, levels a shocking accusation at Hero. A linguistically challenged guard and his sidekicks uncover the plot, casting a beam of hopefulness in this tempestuous landscape of love.
Young lovers Hero and Claudio are to be married in one week. To pass the time, they conspire with Don Pedro to set a "lover's trap" for Benedick, an arrogant confirmed bachelor, and Beatrice, his favorite sparring partner. Meanwhile, the evil Don Jon conspires to break up the wedding by accusing Hero of infidelity. In the end, though, it all turns out to be "much ado about nothing."