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Much Ado About Nothing                        Tickets

by William Shakespeare

directed by Will Jones


Preview:  Feb. 10 @ 7:30pm
Show dates:  Feb. 12, 13, 14 & 15 @ 7:30pm,
                       Feb. 15 @ 2pm

Mandell Weiss Forum

directed by Will Jones

About the Play
The setting is an all-night coffee shop on New York's upper Broadway, where the riff-raff, the bums, the petty thieves, the lost, the desperate of the big city come together. The movement of the kaleidoscopic in effect, a surging mosaic of overlapping and interrelating speeches and action as separate goals and characters are blended together around a common center. At the core of the play are Joe and Darlene, two young people who would seem to have the strength and the need to transcend the turmoil and ugliness of the life in which they found themselves— but are, instead, crushed by it. But their loss is quickly absorbed in the maelstrom, as the others go on desperately seeking the joy and release and purpose in life which will, most certainly, continue to escape them. (

About the Playwright
Lanford Wilson was an American playwright. His work, as described by The New York Times, was "earthy, realist, greatly admired [and] widely performed." Wilson helped to advance the Off-Off-Broadway theater movement with his earliest plays, which were first produced at the Caffe Cino beginning in 1964. (Wikipedia)

About the Director

Will Jones is a fifth-year PhD student with an MA in Performance Studies from New York University as well as a BA in Theatre & English from Chapman University. Prior to studying at UCSD Will taught Theatre at a performing arts academy in the Austin, TX area. While enrolled at NYU Will read and evaluated scripts for The Public Theatre, Lark Play Development Center and held an Internship at The American Place Theatre. His areas of interest include the role of the spectator in realizing the drama, the creation of national identities (particularly in the American South) and the role of imagination in the process of theatre making. 
Her other teaching credits include ten years on the acting/directing faculty at Northwestern University, University of Chicago, Brown/Trinity Consortium, Wesleyan University, NTI at The O'Neill Center and a ongoing teaching gig with the School at Steppenwolf. Kim has been very active in the development of new plays and has directed many readings and workshops at places like New Dramatists and Long Wharf. 

Director's Statement

To me Much Ado is a play about the lies we tell each other. The little white lies we tell to help a friend, the lies we tell to get what we want, or the lies we tell ourselves to make life a little brighter. In the same way, one of the greatest gifts that theatre has to offer an audience is the ability to imagine the world differently through storytelling. And what is a story but a lie we agree to believe temporarily? This production interweaves the stories the characters tell in the play with the stories the actors tell on stage in order to embrace the idea that, the fact that its fiction doesn’t make it any less true.

The Cast
In alphabetical order by character name
Antonio – Sophia Harris
Beatrice – Arianna Fawk
Benedick – Devin McKenna
Borachio – Sophia Ehrlich
Claudio – Jackson Ogburn
Conrade – William Gallagher
Dogberry – Rickie Farah
Don John – Zach Lenton
Don Pedro – Sophia Casas
Friar/Sexton – Sean Putzier
Hero – Sarah Chan
Leonato – Augusta Norman
Margaret – Serina Estrada
Ursula – Constance Kezar
Verges – Elijah Douglas
Watch 1/Balthasar – Vincent Pizzo
Watch 2/Messenger – Juliana Scheding
The Creative Team
Director –  Will Jones
Scenic Designer – Michael Wogulis
Costume Designer – Ally McGreevy
Lighting Designer – Dean Collins
Sound Designer – Charles Glaudini
Dramaturg –  Kristen Tregar
Production Stage Manager – Andrew Gutierrez
Assistant Stage Manager – Emily Searles

Performances Parking & Location

Located at: Mandell Weiss Forum

Parking Passes Required: Monday through Friday. Weeknight passes are $2 per vehicle from the vending machines located in the UC San Diego Theatre District/La Jolla Playhouse parking lots and entry display case. Please remember your parking space number. You will need it to purchase your parking pass.

Note: Machines take all major credit cards except Discover and when paying with cash you must use exact change, NO CHANGE GIVEN.

Parking Passes Not Required: Saturdays and Sundays

Cars without permits are subject to ticketing by UCSD Campus Police. The Theatre & Dance Department does not have the authority to waive and cannot pay parking tickets.





Feb. 10

Feb. 12

Feb. 13

Feb. 14

Feb. 15

Feb. 15
7:30 pm     PREVIEW

7:30 pm     OPENING

7:30 pm  

7:30 pm  

2:00 pm

7:30 pm     CLOSING



Advance tickets for this production are available only online through the "Click here for tickets" button above. You can leave a message at 858.822.3152 with questions and we will get back to you. You can also purchase online on your phone the night of at the theatre.

At-the-Door tickets, if available, can be purchased one hour before show time at the performing theatre’s box office.

General Admission: $20
UCSD Faculty/Staff/Alumni Association, and Seniors (over 62): $15
UCSD Students/UCSD Alumni Association (with ID): $10

Please note: No late seating; no refunds.

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