Genre: Classical
Written by: William Shakespeare, Directed by: Jefferson Slinkard

In his comedy, Much Ado About Nothing, the Bard weaves an intricate tale of love and deception. There is the sweet, forthright love of Hero and Claudio set against Benedick and Beatrice’s sizzling battle of wits. There is Leonato’s gleeful plotting to spark a romance between Beatrice and Benedick and the cruel hoax contrived by Don John, to plant suspicion, dishonor Hero and spoil the marriage. As described by director, Jefferson Slinkard, “This play is an entertainment. It is a celebration of life and love.” In Much Ado About Nothing, Shakespeare’s characters summon up love, honor and faith to avert tragedy and inspire the heart.

Cast includes: Bryan L. Cohen, Andrew Eisenman*, Erin Gilbreth*, Tara Henderson, Jack Herholdt*, Ross Hewitt, Natalie Doyle Holmes, Marcus Denard Johnson*, Betina Joly, Damon Kinard*, Graciany Miranda, Clint Morris*,Mary Riley, Evan Scott Schweitzer* and Cheri Wicks. *denotes member of Actor’s Equity.

About the Company: American Bard Theater Company
The American Bard Theater Company is a not-for-profit organization serving the Greater New York community. ABTC is dedicated to the exploration of the First Folio "Shakespeare wrote his plays to engage the 'ear' of his audience's imagination. He intended his plays to be heard and not seen, rather than read silently while sitting on the living room couch. To help his performers make the language of his plays spring to life on stage, he embedded linguistic and rhetorical clues within the scripts he provided for them. These were combined by two of his colleagues after his death after his death to form the First Folio edition of 1623." -John Basil founder of American Globe Theatre technique (a method that uses the author's linguistic clues to envision how the work was meant to be interpreted) as it applies to classical and contemporary theater. We seek to educate the public about First Folio technique through performances of plays and educational presentations.

Cast: Tara Henderson, Marcus D. Johnson, Jefferson Slinkard-Director , Natalie Doyle Holmes, Clint Morris, Evan Scott Scweitzer, Ross Hewitt, Jack Herholdt, Betty Howe-Stage Mgr , Kerry Gibbons-Costumes , Erin Gilbreth
Preview:   04/16/10
Open:   04/21/10
Close:   05/01/10

April 16 - May1, 2010
Tuesday, April 20 & Monday, April 26 @ 7:00pm
Wednesdays @ 7:00pm, Thursday, Fridays @ 8:00pm & Saturdays @ 2:00pm & 8:00pm
3 previews – Opening Night, April 21st
Theater:   Flamboyan Theater (csv Cultural Arts Ce
Address:   107 Suffolk Street
New York, NY 10002
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Cost:$14 previews, students & seniors, $18 general admission
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Cheri Wicks Antonia
Cheri Wicks, a native of Montana, is thrilled to be playing Mercy. Favorite New York theater roles include Agnes in THE SHADOW BOX, Estelle in NO EXIT, Queen Margaret in HENRY VI, part III, and Dorothy Simple in THE CASE OF THE CRUSHED PETUNIAS. Television credits include "Sex and the City," "The Sopranos," and "Law and Order." Always--immeasurable gratitude to her husband, John Shaw, her family, friends, and teachers for their love, support and wisdom.
Bryan L. Cohen Dogberry

One of Bryan L. Cohen’s first acting gigs was in his 4th grade class production of The Sword in the Stone, sharing the limelight with the now famous Brendan Fraser.  Although Bryan holds a B.S. in civil engineering from Clarkson University and spent 13 years as an environmental engineer, he has never strayed from perusing his true passion for acting.

For more than 20 years, Bryan has been involved with productions in and around NYC as an actor, producer, teacher, and assistant director.  Productions include stage, environmental theater, children’s theater, film, radio commercials, public awareness programs, and comedy improv.  Bryan has been performing comedy improv professionally since 1988 with New York City’s Mission: Improvable.

Betina Joly Ursula

Betina Joly was born and raised in Santa Catarina, Brazil. She moved to the US in 2001 and did not speak a word of English except for “thank you” and “strawberries.” Betina taught herself how to speak English by copying the words from two randomly selected books, listening to words spoken by everyone around her, and memorizing random words from the dictionary.

Betina first moved to Arizona, then Florida, and finally New York where she fell in love with acting through opera and Shakespeare. In New York, Betina attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Theatre Arts and Film. She also studied with The American Globe Theatre where she met many of her fellow ABTC members.

Betina has appeared in independent films and commercials. She currently lives with her family in New York City and performs weekly as a belly dancer.

Raven Peters Director of Production

Hailing from West Virginia Raven has come to New York to train to be a super-hero as well as act. Raven is a company member of the Promethean Theatre Company as well as member and Marketing Director of American Bard Theater, and engages in swordplay whenever he can. He received his B.F.A. from Marshall University and got his M.F.A. from Ohio University and University of Houston (1 degree 2 schools, not the other way around). Raven has appeared regionally at Festival 56 in Chicago, Nova Arts Project and Texas Shakespeare Festival in TX, and at Arkansas Rep. Favorite roles include: Caliban in “The Tempest”, Macduff in “Macbeth”, Stone in “City of Angels”, and Jud Fry in “Oklahoma”. Here in the city you can catch him working with the American Bard company, or with the Promethean Theatre Company. Finally Raven would like you to know that he wrote this himself.

Mary Virginia Margaret/Sexton

Mary was born in Portsmouth, Virginia, and currently lives in Greenwood Lake, NY.  Film & Web: Payaso (Clown)Three from the BlockThe Otherworld, and Poker NightTheater: Glinda in The Wizard of Oz, Rona Lisa Peretti in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Rosalind in As You Like It, Mercutio in Romeo & Juliet, Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing, Helena & Titania in A Midsummer Night's Dream with the Spontaneous Shakespeare Players, title role in the world premiere of Anna Nicole: Blonde Glory with Xoregos Performing Company, Lady Macbeth inVoodoo Macbeth with Mercia Entertainment, Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire with Thunder Bay Theatre, Hermione in The Winter's Tale with Southwest Shakespeare Company, and Claire in Proof with Winni Playhouse. She received her Bachelor of Music from East Carolina University, and a Master of Arts from Radford University. She is the Founder & Co-Producing Artistic Director of Greenwood Lake Theater.  Love to Antonio, family, friends, six beautiful nieces and sweet fur kids Cleopatra and Caesar for their continued love, support and slobbery kisses! Mary is a proud member of Actor's Equity & SAG-AFTRA.


Blanche in A Streetcar Named Desire

The Witch in Into the Woods




Damon Kinard Don Pedro

Damon Kinard has appeared in numerous New York and regional theatrical productions.  He is a co-founder of the American Bard Theater Company and is currently appearing as Don Pedro in its inaugural full-length production of Much Ado About Nothing.  Among his many performances include Macduff in Macbeth and Laertes in Hamlet (Classical Theatre of Harlem), Drum Major in Woyzeck (La Mama, ETC), Demetrius in A Midsummer Night's Dream and Antonio in Twelfth Night (Baltimore Shakespeare Festival), and Oscar Charleston in Cobb (Deer Trees Theatre, ME).  Most recently he has starred in the short film Nowhere Familiar.  Damon would like to thank his family and friends for their continued love and support.

New York: Othello, Loyalties, Double Falsehood (U.S. premiere), The Merchant of Venice, Henry V, The Servant of Two Masters, Much Ado about Nothing, On Baile’s Strand, Twelfth Night, The Bohemians, Since Psychopathia Sexualis…, A.D. 33, Macbeth, The Jew of Malta, Don’t Die Laughing, Brecka and Scarlett, Even Reindeers Get the Blues. U.K.: As You Like It. B.F.A. in acting, Boston University and London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts (Spring 2008). Graciany was born and raised in Puerto Rico.

Andrew Eisenman Benedick

Andrew Eisenman made his New York theater debut with Ma-Yi Theater Company’s production of Portrait of an Artist as a Filipino presented at the Vineyard Theater. He subsequently served as Associate Director of Ma-Yi for five years. Over the years he has worked with various theater companies such; NYSF/Public Theater, National Asian American Theater Company, Lark Theatre, IMUA! Theater, The New Group, Immigrants’ Theater Project, Diverse City Theater, Ensemble Studio Theater, Fluid Motion Film & Theater and Living Image Arts. His TV & Film credits include “The Sopranos”, Rigodon, Cardiac Arrest, Missy and The Vanished.

He received his Bachelor of Arts in Drama from San Francisco State University and his Master of Fine Arts in Acting from Brandeis University.

Founding company member of American Bard Theater Company and Leviathan Lab.