It’s Italy in 1959, and a group of actors and filmmakers are celebrating the wrap of their latest movie. Movie stars Beatrice and Benedick are drawn to each other but refuse to admit it, and Hero and Claudio’s marriage plans are about to be sabotaged by a journalist’s mean-spirited scheme. Cue the paparazzi, then a faked death, and la dolce vita threatens to become not so sweet; but with a script full of surprises, love can still triumph before the credits roll.

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Photo Credit: Kevin MacDonald as Benedick and Amber Lewis as Beatrice
Photo & Image Design: David Cooper and Emily Cooper

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John MurphyDirector

John Murphy

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John is an actor, director, playwright and musician who has spent seven seasons at Bard. Directing credits include: The Odd Couple, The Santaland Diaries, Twisted Christmas Carol (Arts Club); Measure For Measure (Bard on the Beach); True Story (revolution theatre); Volpone, Duet for One (United Players); Fifty Words (Mitch and Murray); Ghosts in Baghdad (Working Spark) and Woody Sed (Theatre Bagger). Most recently he has directed Baskerville for the Arts Club (Sept, 2016). Acting credits include Much Ado about Nothing, The Taming of the Shrew, As You Like It, Richard II, The Tempest, Macbeth, and Merchant of Venice (Bard on the Beach); August: Osage County, The Optimists, Cyrano, A Flea in her Ear and Sheer Madness (Arts Club); Hotel Bethlehem (Ruby Slippers); The Dissemblers and Eternal Hydra (Touchstone); Ali and Ali (Neworld)); Leading Ladies (Persephone). Playwriting credits: The Heretic and True Story (Jessie Award for Best New Play). John is a graduate of UBC’s BFA-Theatre program. He plays music with his band, China Repair.

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