Helen Hunt and a Cast of Celebrities Perform Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing
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The last date listed for Much Ado About Nothing was Thursday December 16, 2010 / 8:00pm.
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Since 1985, The Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles has been a vibrant hub of unique programs and events designed to make Shakespeare accessible and engaging in Los Angeles. At last April’s annual Simply Shakespeare fundraiser, Helen Hunt read the role of Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing.
She loved doing it so much that she was quickly in discussions to do the role in a full production with Shakespeare Center’s Founder and executive artistic director, Ben Donenberg, who was wanting something special to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Shakespeare Center.
This production of William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, at the Kirk Douglas Theatre for 23 performances, will be the first full-scale, indoor production presented by the Shakespeare Center. Mr. Donenberg directs, and the production will feature music by Lyle Lovett.
The performing company of 17 actors and musicians will include Chris Butler, Ramon De Ocampo, Dawn-Lyen Gardner, Grace Gummer, Helen Hunt, Tom Irwin, Brian Joseph, Greta Jung, Geoffrey Lower, Lyle Lovett Anthony Manough, Dakin Matthews, Stephen Root, Jared Sakren, Fred Sanders, David Ogden Stiers, Sara Watkins and Sean Watkins.
When Donenberg went into the community to put this production of Much Ado About Nothing together, Center Theatre Group made a special arrangement for The Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles to bring their first traditional proscenium production to one of city’s premiere theatrical venues, the intimate 317-seat Kirk Douglas Theatre.
Donenberg said, “We are thrilled about Helen Hunt and Tom Irwin playing Beatrice and Benedick – they are both picture perfect to play these parts because they can so beautifully explore how two people with a rocky unresolved past can drop their defenses and pretenses, rediscover each other, and find a new way to love.
“We think that Lyle Lovett’s music will underscore the play exactly the same way the popular music Shakespeare selected to use way back when – and if you like a good grape stomping or know Lyle’s lyric ‘She’s No Lady, She’s My Wife,’ you can get a feeling for the fun we’re going to have with one of Shakespeare’s most unlikely weddings,” he added.
Much Ado About Nothing is made possible in part by support from The National Endowment for the Arts, the Los Angeles County Arts Commission and The James Irvine Foundation.