William Shakespeare meets Keith Kaiser
July 25, 2012
By Keith Kaiser, WDRB, July 25, 2012
The annual Shakespeare in the Park festival is proud to feature Much Ado About Nothing for its 53rd season opener.
Running now – July 29 in Old Louisville’s Central Park, Much Ado is directed by nationally recognized Jane Page, who brings a new flare to the Louisville stage with a Gunsmoke meets Shakespeare theme – where eavesdropping and gossip are central to a community and where it is truly “a man’s world.”
This hilarious Spaghetti Western-style comedy follows the tongue and cheek relationship of Beatrice and Benedick. Beatrice, played by Netherlands native Liza de Weerd, is a vixen who is not about to cower in the shadow of a man’s world or sacrifice her femininity to convention.
Benedick, played by Grant Goodman (who recently starred in Actors Theatre’s production of In the Next Room), is strikingly similar to the iconic Western bachelor who professes disdain for romantic love, but ends up falling in love and, indeed, getting “hitched.”
Also new this year, come and take in some pre-show entertainment with vendor booths, cover bands, bluegrass swing, and a bit of comedy every night at 7 PM before the 8:30 PM curtain, all while enjoying a drink from the full service bar.
Monday Movie Nights, starting at 9:30 PM, are another new addition to the season, featuring something different for every movie taste. This year’s lineup includes:
July 9th: “Shakespeare in Love”
July 16th: “Anonymous”
July 23rd: “Rocky Horror Picture Show”
July 30th: “O Brother, Where Art Thou?”
ABOUT KENTUCKY SHAKESPEARE
Kentucky Shakespeare presents the oldest free Shakespeare festival in the United States and is the largest, in-school arts education provider in the Commonwealth. Mission: Grounded in the works of Shakespeare, we enrich our community by presenting accessible, professional theatre experiences that educate, inspire, and entertain people of all ages.
Shakespeare in the Park
“Much Ado About Nothing”
Central Park, Old Louisville
Tonight through Sunday; Preshow 7:00