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In the community since 1981 — Castaways celebrates and starts our 38th season.
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A truer and more real place does
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                                P.S. Baber


Winter 2019


Director Hannah Butler

Email to: muchadodirector@castawaystheatre.org

How apt, or appropriate, is the title Much Ado About Nothing  for Shakespeare’s play?

In Shakespeare’s time “nothing” was pronounced “noting”– so in “Much Ado About Noting”, noting has a formal meaning synonymous with gossip, rumor, and overhearing or eavesdropping. That pretty much sums up this play… people putting way too much stock in second-hand information. Much Ado About Nothing, written in 1598, interweaves the story of two couples. The more interesting and definitely more amusing one is Benedick and Beatrice, who apparently have a rocky romance in their past history. But now they devote all of their energy in their interactions to insulting each other as wittily as possible, each trying to one-up the other. Beatrice wins most of the time.

The other romance is between Claudio, a count and military friend of Benedick’s, and Beatrice’s cousin Hero, a wealthy heiress. Claudio comes home from war, takes a look at Hero and all of her huge tracts of land (actually they’re her father’s, but will be Hero’s at some point), decides he’s in love, makes sure she’s her father’s only child and heir – and then lets his commander, the Prince of Aragon, Don Pedro, propose to Hero on his behalf. It’s an odd thing, but then most of Hero’s and Claudio’s relationship plays out in an oddly public manner. So when Don Pedro’s jealous and mean-spirited brother, Don John, decides to torpedo their romance, just because, it goes south in an equally public way.

But meanwhile all of Beatrice and Benedick’s friends have decided that the war of wits between them is hiding deeper feelings, and in one of the funnier plot developments, decide to trick both of them into thinking the other loves them but will never speak of it because they’re too hard-hearted. When things go horribly off the rails between Hero and Claudio, Benedick has a choice to make: his old world of his male buddies or his newly discovered love for Beatrice.

There’s a lot of humor in this play, some of it risqué if you know Elizabethan idioms. In Shakespeare’s day the word “nothing” was a euphemism for a woman’s naughty bits. This gave the title three different yet equally appropriate meanings, as the main conflict over the play revolves around the false implication of Hero losing her virginity to another man while engaged to Claudio. Therefore it is “Much Ado about Nothing” as (1) nothing was really going on, “Much Ado about Noting” as  (2) it’s concerned with the views the characters have of each others’ moral fiber (how they “note” each other), and “Much Ado about Nothing” as (3) it was concerned with Hero’s own naughty bits/her virginity.

Auditions: The play is cast.

Mainstage* Performances: Jan 18, 19, 25, 26, Feb1, 2, 2019 at 8:00 pm.
Jan 20, 26 Feb 3, 2019 at 2:00 pm.

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This local community theater is known for such productions as Fiddler on the Roof, Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest, The Great Gatsby, Oliver Twist, Pride and Prejudice, Godspell, My Fair Lady, The Miracle Worker, South Pacific, Hello Dolly, Raisin In The Sun, The Music Man, the Neil Simon comedy Barefoot in the Park, and Shakespeare’s Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Taming of the Shrew, and Romeo and Juliet.


Community Support: As with every non-profit community theater, we depend on the support of individuals, groups, and corporations.  As a donor you will help us to continue our tradition of bringing the performing arts to Prince William County.  Our Castaways Contributors are listed in our programs and on our web site for the season to acknowledge their patronage. Contributors who wish to remain anonymous are listed as Confidential Contributors. Your contribution is tax deductible. For your records our tax number is as follows: 54-1238782.  For more details look under the “Help out/Support us” tab above.

The Castaways Repertory Theatre is a non-profit organization affiliated with the NVTA and WATCH. Partial funding has been provided by Prince William County.
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Date published: January 2, 2019