Broward Center for the Performing Arts 201 SW 5th Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312
Performing at Outré Theatre Company (Nov 1 - Nov 17)
Runtime: 2 Hours
Meet Benedick. He's handsome, smart, clever - he has a stable, successful career, and he's traveled extensively. Oh, and he's sworn that he'll never marry. And then there's Beatrice. Lovely, strong, intelligent, and by the way, her uncle is the Governor. She, too, has sworn that marriage and love aren't for her. So what are their friends to do with a couple so obviously right for each other, when they refuse to see it? Why, trick them into admitting it, of course! Lavish parties, mistaken identities, clueless beach cops - what could possibly go wrong?
Outré Theatre Company is proud to announce their first full production of the 2013/14 season, Will Shakespeare's seminal romantic comedy Much Ado About Nothing. Set in modern-day Venice, California, Much Ado follows Benedick and Beatrice's rock-strewn path towards romance. "This one is about love," commented Outré's Artistic Director Skye Whitcomb. "It's about how often we refuse to see the love that's right in front of us, and how often we let our pride get in the way of what we know we want and need. Benedick and Beatrice, as well as Claudio and Hero, show us how easily we can mistake what we’ve had all the time – and what a joy it is when we discover we had it all along.”
The production features Tom Anello and Sabrina Gore as Benedick and Beatrice, and introduces recent FAU alums Jordon Armstrong and Shannon Ouellette as Claudio and Hero. “We worked with Jordon on our recent concert of Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson,” said Whitcomb. “He’s fantastic, a real chameleon on the stage. And we’re really looking forward to working with Shannon, as well. And, of course, welcoming Tom and Sabrina [who starred together in last season’s The Wild Party] back to the Outré stage.” The rest of the cast includes Jim Gibbons as Don Pedro, Murphy Hayes as Leonato, Michael Mena as Don John, Francisca Munoz as Margaret, Laura Ruchala as Borachio, Justin Schneyer as Verges, and features Tim Gore as the master of malapropisms, Dogberry.
Outré Theatre Company is a young and growing theatre company in beautiful South Florida, helmed by Artistic Director Skye Whitcomb and Managing Director Sabrina Gore. Outré believes that theatre is a living art form with the power to reimagine and reexamine ourselves and the world around us. We are a theatre that nurtures the creative spirit of individuals and our community through original and established works, utilizing a variety of mediums to engage the souls and imaginations of the artists and the audience. We strive to create theatre which stimulates thought, provokes reflection, and encourages activism.