Cupid has come prepared to snare some lovers with arrows and others with traps as Delaware Shakespeare presents Much Ado About Nothing at Rockwood Park from July 13-29.
Managing Director Matt Sullivan gushed over the “strong team” of actors that director Bi Jean Ngo has assembled in her directorial debut with Delaware Shakespeare. Barrymore Award-winning actress Krista Apple (Beatrice) and J Hernandez (Benedick) lead the merry band of players in the Bard’s lively war of wits between the sexes. Michael Hahn has composed all-original music for this production.
The part of Friar Francis will be played by a rotating cast of local faith leaders from the Delaware community, which include men and women of diverse Christian denominations plus a Jewish rabbi.
Sullivan is genuinely excited about the performance platform: “We need to build our stage from ground up every year, so we’ve seized on that as an opportunity to create something new... I’m not going to reveal too much, but our set designer this year described the design as ‘Baz Luhrmann sexy Etsy wedding.’ So, picture that.”
The new Delaware Shakespeare VIP Tent will provide a place for groups of 10 or more to gather with clients, colleagues, and friends before the show. Wandering Bards will visit each tent plus greet the patrons by name from the stage. VIP Tent packages can be customized to include catered picnics, wine,
reserved seats, and more.
General admission to the festival is $20. Tickets are $18 for seniors (65+), and active military (and their families). Student tickets are $16. Children age 5 and under are free. Every Sunday is “Family Night,” with special activities before the performance and free admission for children 12 and under, when
accompanied by an adult. To buy tickets, go to www.delshakes.org or purchase at the door. Be sure to pack a blanket, lawn chair, and picnic basket.