Genre: Comedy
Adapted by Michael Weems, Directed by Blake Bradford

Claude's journal.  Seattle. 1994.  Ahem.  'Two households, both alike in dignity'.... no, that sucks. Let's see – 'As I remember Adam, it was upon this fashion bequeathed to me'...wait, what? What the hell does bequeath even mean? 'If music be the food of love, play on'.  Perfect!  I mean, whatever.  It's okay, I guess.  Actually, that band sold out ages ago.  I'm going to tell you a better story.

The good: We won Battle of the Bands, life is sweet, and I'm madly in love with Piper but have no friggin idea how to tell her.  The bad: Ben's constantly arguing with Betty (why won't they stop already?)  I have no idea what to say to kinda convince her to marry me. The solution: a couple of big old white lies to convince Piper I'm the one and to prove to both Ben and Betty that the other's not so bad.  It's a perfect plan (even with my chronically evil and depressed drummer lurking and the gossip hounds abounding – but why would those things get in the way?) Kinda funny that I mentioned them without provocation.  Whatever.  So, tour bus has just returned home.  Cue the babes, the beer, and Piper (sigh).  Wish me luck. PS – 'The Solution' is kind of catchy.  Might be good nickname for myself.  Signed, Claude.

Mid 90's Seattle – a society apart from the world and totally bored with everything America. There's no better place for an adaptation of Shakespeare's 'Much Ado About Nothing'. Especially since everybody around seems to have a hand in a few different schemes and open mind to what they always thought was true. Enjoy the gossip, the music, and travel back a few years to when plaid and ripped jeans were the uniform for the lovers and fighters alike.

Join the celebration and see if you can keep up with the mismatched lovers as they dive through enough gossip to make the Enquirer team blush.

Open:   12/11/10
Close:   12/19/10

12/11 @ 2pm, 12/12 @ 8pm,
12/14 @ 8pm, 12/15 @ 8pm,
12/18 @ 2pm, 12/19 @ 8pm
Theater:   Wings Theatre
Address:   154 Christopher Street
New York, NY 10014
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Closest subway: 1, 9 to Christopher Street, west on Christopher Street several blocks to theatre

Cost:$20 General Admission, $15 for Students (with valid ID)
Buy Tickets Online or Call: Wings Theatre Box Office at 212-627-2961
Company: Zephyer Rep

Nick Barbato (DJ) Nick hails from the frozen bit of hell that is Syracuse, NY, where he graduated from the Le Moyne College drama program in 2009.  He is currently interning with the Roundabout Theatre Company. Favorite past roles include Picasso in Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Jim Stark in Stupid Kids, and Leaf Coneybear in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Thanks to the cast and crew for such a fun experience, and especially Emily and Alex for helping him nail the audish.

Charles Gorrilla (Benny) Charlie is excited to be working at the Wings Theater for the first time.  He just finished, last month, a successful run of The Psychiatrist.  Over the past year Charlie has been in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Perchance to Dream), Romeo and Juliet (The Secret Theatre), Piece of Cake (Gallery Players), Das Radio, Ferry Ride, Anniversary Special, and Details. He had a recurring role on Guiding Light and has been on As the World Turns.  He recently wrapped the feature film It’s Not You.  He has also been in several short films. Charlie studied acting at The University of Minnesota, Duluth.  He would like to thank his family and friends for the constant support.

Daniel Hainsworth (Daggy) is happy to be performing at the Wings Theatre.  He graduated from Emerson College and SpringboardNYC in 2009.  Originally he is from Nashville, Tennessee.

Linda Hill (Lea) first made a name for herself in the field of improvisational and stand up comedy in San Francisco where she was in such groups as Spaghetti Jam, Femprov and National Theater of the Deranged. Soon she struck out on her own as one of 8 women comics who were working in stand up at the time and she performed and became friends with such talents as Diane Amos (the "Pine Sol Lady"), Whoopi Goldberg, Marga Gomez, Tom Ammiano, Kevin Meaney and Robin Williams to name but a few.  Her television appearances include "Comedy Tonight" on PBS for three years, one as host; The "TV IQ Test" for which she won a California Emmy, "Two Guys with Amazing Shorts" on HBO; "Two Drink Minimum" on Comedy Central; and "Nashville Now" on TNN.  She is proud to be a member of Zephyer Rep Company.

Mike Holt (Peter) Mike was born in NY, raised in Florida, and now is back to make a career for himself on the stage and screen.  He is very excited to be a part of Much Ado About Everything, and couldn't be happier to be here at the Wings Theatre!  "I would like to thank my mom who has been the most supportive mother imaginable.  Thanks Mom."  - Mike Holt 

David Mavricos (Claude) David is very excited to be working with Zephyer, the Wings Theater, and such great people on this production!  David recently moved to New York after spending four years in the New Hampshire wilderness.  He is a recent graduate of Dartmouth College, and has worked professionally in New York and regionally.  Recent and favorite credits include: Picasso at the Lapin Agile (The Singer), The Pirates of Penzance (Sergeant of the Police), The Rocky Horror Show (Frank N Furter), Hair (Claude), A Midsummer Night's Dream (Bottom), Macbeth (Macduff), Romeo and Juliet (Romeo), Twelfth Night (Orsino/Sir Andrew), Arms and the Man (Sergius), and The Lady from the Sea (Lyngstrand).  Thanks to his friends and family for all their support!

Katharine McKenzie (Cookie) Katharine graduated with a B.A. in history and pre-veterinary medicine from the University of Notre Dame, then ran away to New York to be an actress.  Previous shows with Zephyer Rep include Dulcy, The Unfortunate Honeymoon of Tony and Steve, and Romeo & Juliet, and she is thoroughly grateful to them for this latest opportunity to perform.   As always, she thanks her parents for all their support.

Kelsey Moore (Maggie) Kelsey is thrilled to be a part of her first show at Wings Theatre.  Kelsey is originally from KS, and newly graduated from Circle in the Square.  Recently seen as The Girl in 1931 at the Irish Rep. with Regroup Theatre Company, Bree/Lachesis in Theate Nyx's Ravel, and Rebecca in Moses Mogliee's Cloudly with a Chance of New Works.  Thanks to Blake for this truly joyful journey.

Natalie Neckyfarow (Piper) Natalie is thrilled to return to the Wings Theatre with this wonderful cast of MAAE.  Her biggest project of 2010 was planning her own wedding!  This actress-singer-dancer most recently appeared as a hopelessly romantic matchmaker in "The Ex" with Snorks and Pins Productions.  NYC and regional credits include:  Love's Labours Lost (Jacquenetta), Comedy of Errors (Dromio of Syracuse), Oklahoma! (Gertie), Pajama Game (Mae), La Cage Aux Folles (Anne), Taking Toll (Lily).  She also participated in a reading of the Off Broadway bound Bloodletters (Cami/Corey) this summer and can be seen in the indie feature Sci-Fi High: The Movie Musical, which will be released to DVD in January.

Madeline Reed (Betty) Madeline was most recently seen as Rachel in The Unfortunate Honeymoon of Tony and Steve at the Wings Theater and prior to that she appeared as Snout the Tinker in the Zephyer Rep production of Midsummer Night’s Dream. She also appeared as an unhinged grade school teacher in the film The Video Guys. She can also be seen as Detective Powell in the film Fog Warning, which has been included in the Fright Night Festival as well as Shockerfest International Film Festival. Her training  includes The Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London and T. Schreiber Studio in New York. While at RADA she appeared as Bottom in Midsummer Night’s Dream and as Nerissa in Merchant of Venice. Other favorite past roles include L’il Bit in How I Learned to Drive, Elizabeth Proctor in The Crucible, Mistress Page in Merry Wives of Windsor, and Sandra in The Exonerated and Sebastial Lore/Oatsie Carew in Vampire Lesbians of Sodom/Sleeping Beauty or Coma. Much love to Blake and Zephyer for great opportunities and great fun!

Blake Bradford (Director) is an Emmy Award winning writer/director whose theatrical work has appeared all over the US and internationally in Canada, Mexico, Greece, Scotland/England, Denmark, Italy and South Africa.  His original plays I, Undertow, Dance at Bataan, The Last Cloud, Gay Slave Handbook and Word Within the Word are actively seen in the regional circuits and NYC.  His new play, The Unfortunate Honeymoon of Tony and Steve just completed a long run here at Wings Theatre.  He has adapted Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard (1920's Charleston, SC), which has now played NYC twice, as well as Lorca's The House of Bernarda Alba (with music composed by Lorca).  He will be directing The Last Laugh with two-time Emmy winner Joan Darling and Judy Kerr this winter in LA, and then in April he will direct Bill Svanoe's Callback in Santa Fe, NM.

Blake is currently on the staff of "Live from Lincoln Center" (PBS), where they won a 2008 Emmy for Madama Butterfly. He just completed the highly acclaimed live airing of South Pacific for LFLC.  Other TV credits include "The Big Gay Sketch Show" (LOGO/MTV), "Showtime at the Apollo" (NBC), "Drama Desk Awards" (PBS) and "Arthur Ashe Kids Day" (CBS).  He serves as Artistic Director of Zephyer Rep.

Michael Weems (Adaptation) is a Houston based writer, playwright, and actor.  Recent playwriting credits include:  Bludgeon the Lime and Necessary Adjustments (Phare Play Productions) Wincing at the Light, Quiet Bed, and Hyphen-Nation (Love Creek Productions); Fragments and Onward, Forward (Little Hibiscus Productions), Subtlety (Algonquin Productions and Rubicon Theatre), Laugh Riot (The Seven Collective); Burden Me (Strawberry Riant Festival & Awakening Drama); Ready to Shine (Brief Acts); Run, Run, Away (Between Us Productions and Snorks & Pins Productions) and A Fondness for Aqua Net (n.u.f.a.n ensemble).  Recent plays published include: Bludgeon the Lime (JAC Publications) Laugh Riot (Instigatorzine) and A Fondness for Aqua Net (Record Magazine).  His one act Subtlety was named 'Outstanding Play' by the Curan Rep Notes from the Underground Festival and Waiting Life was named as a top 10 finalist in Saint Mary Hall's "Spring Shorts" 10 Minute Play Fest in San Antonio, Texas.  Recent fiction/poetry credits: Milk Sugar Journal, Angels Flight Magazine, Carpe Diem Review, Censored Poets amongst many others.  He also was named the poet of the month for 'O Sweet Flowery Roses Literary Journal (October 2008).  Thanks to my loves, Christine, Thomas, & Jack.

Jordan Chin (Assistant Director) Jordan is an acting intern at the Wings Theatre and is thrilled to be involved in this fabulous project! Jordan is from Portland, Oregon, and currently lives in Brooklyn.  She will continue her drama studies at NYU in the Spring.  She just wrapped up a production of Romeo and Juliet with Zephyer Rep at Wings, and looks forward to future projects at Wings!  Thanks to Blake, family and friends for their support.

Emily Rolston (Production Stage Manager) Emily is a recent graduate of Le Moyne College with a BA in Theatre Arts.  She has stage managed ten shows with Zephyer Rep.  Previously, Emily has worked as a stage manager/assistant stage manager for the Gifford Family Theatre, Boomerang Theatre Company, and Wingspan Arts.