Directed by John Murphy • June 1 – September 23 • BMO Mainstage

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.

Please note: Much Ado About Nothing contains non-toxic water-based fog and smoke effects.
Much Ado About Nothing is approximately 2hrs 45mins including intermission.

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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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2017 Much Ado About Nothing Trailer | June 1 – Sept 23

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Critics & Patrons Say

It’s all very handsome, hugely entertaining and a great start to the 2017 Bard on the Beach season.

Jo Ledingham, Westender

Murphy’s re-imagined rendition is nearly perfect.

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The Story

It’s 1959 in Messina, Italy. On a busy soundstage, Leonato, the head of a film studio, gets word that Don Pedro, the great film director, is on his way. Beatrice, Leonato’s niece and a celebrated actress, inquires if Benedick, the famous actor, is also coming. The two stars are notorious for their ongoing battle of wits.

Don Pedro arrives with Benedick and Claudio, an up-and-coming actor. Beatrice and Benedick, both cynics about love, reignite their war of words. Leonato invites everyone to vacation at his villa, including Don Pedro’s sister, Dona Johnna, a journalist and wannabe filmmaker.

Claudio confesses to Benedick and Don Pedro that he’s in love with Hero, a rising star and Leonato’s daughter. The director offers to help woo her on Claudio’s behalf. That evening at a masquerade party, Don Pedro and Hero have a flirtatious conversation and then talk in private. After a brief misunderstanding that Don Pedro has been wooing Hero for himself, the guests discover he has won Hero’s love for Claudio. Leonato consents to their marriage and a wedding date is set.

Don Pedro believes that Benedict and Beatrice are perfect for each other and conspires to bring them together. He arranges for Benedick to overhear a conversation he has with Leonato and Claudio, in which they invent a story about Beatrice being madly in love with Benedick. Convinced it’s true, Benedick vows to return Beatrice’s affections.

Don Pedro then enlists the help of Hero and Ursula, a production assistant, to pull a similar trick on Beatrice. The two women find a spot where Beatrice can overhear them and gossip about Benedick’s huge crush on her. Beatrice believes them, and promises to love Benedick in return.

Meanwhile, Donna Johnna hatches a plan with Borachio, one of the paparazzi, to destroy Claudio and Hero’s happiness. The night before the couple’s wedding, Borachio persuades Hero’s friend, Margaret, to wear Hero’s clothes and meet him on Hero’s balcony, where he kisses her. Don Pedro and Claudio witness their embrace. Claudio believes Hero has betrayed him and resolves to disgrace her at the altar.

Later that night, Borachio gets drunk and boasts about how he’s tricked Claudio. The film studio’s night watchmen overhear his story and arrest him.

As their wedding ceremony begins, Claudio accuses Hero of being unfaithful and Don Pedro backs him up. Hero faints. After the men storm off, Leonato renounces his daughter. The Friar, who believes Hero is innocent, suggests they pretend she’s died from shock so they will have more time to unearth the truth.

Once alone, Beatrice and Benedick finally profess their love for each other. To prove his devotion, Benedick offers to do anything she asks. Beatrice demands he kill Claudio to avenge Hero’s disgrace.

Friendships are tested, secrets are revealed, but will love conquer all?

Much Ado About Nothing – le synopsis

Cette pièce se déroule à Messine, en Italie, en 1959. Sur un plateau de tournage animé, Leonato, chef exécutif du studio de production apprend que le grand cinéaste Don Pedro est en route. Béatrice, la nièce de Leonato, se demande si Benedick, jeune acteur, sera aussi de la partie. Voyez-vous, ces deux stars sont réputés pour leurs échanges assez tranchants à l’égard l’un de l’autre.

Don Pedro arrive accompagné de Benedick et Claudio, un jeune acteur-en-herbe. Béatrice accueille Benedick avec dédain, et leur guerre des mots s’enflamme à nouveau. Leonato invite toute la troupe à venir séjourner à sa villa, y compris la sœur de Don Pedro, Dona Johnna, une journaliste et réalisatrice.

Claudio est amoureux de la jeune actrice Hero, fille de Leonato, et se confie à Benedick et Don Pedro. Ce dernier offre d’aider Claudio, et réussit à croiser Hero le soir-même pour un entretien intime, lors d’un bal masqué. Après quelques soupçons, les invités réalisent que Don Pedro a gagné l’affection de la jeune actrice au nom de Claudio. En apprenant la nouvelle de cet amour, Leonato offre sa bénédiction.

Suite à ce succès, Don Pedro décide d’unir aussi Benedick et Béatrice, qui selon lui font la paire parfaite. Il organise une rencontre entre Leonato et Claudio sur le plateau de tournage, tout en s’assurant que Benedick soit à l’écoute, et les trois discutent avec grand enthousiasme de l’amour profond de Béatrice pour Benedick. Ce dernier, convaincu par l’anecdote, jure lui-aussi à aimer la jeune Béatrice.

Don Pedro sollicite alors l’aide de Hero et Ursula, une assistante à la production, afin de faire croire la même chose à Béatrice. Les deux jeunes femmes se promènent non loin de la jeune actrice en discutant l’amour qu’éprouve Benedick pour Béatrice. Surprise, celle-ci aussi promet d’aimer le jeune acteur.

De son côté, Donna Johnna apprend la nouvelle des fiançailles des jeunes Claudio et Hero, et complote avec le paparazzi Borachio afin de défaire leur bonheur. La nuit avant les noces, Borachio persuade Margaret, une amie proche de Hero, de le rejoindre sur le balcon de Hero, vêtue d’une robe de cette dernière. C’est là que, sous la vue de Claudio et Don Pedro, Borachio et Margaret s’embrassent, faisant passer Hero pour une infidèle. Claudio, le cœur brisé, se résout à la renoncer le lendemain lors du mariage.

Plus tard dans la nuit et après plusieurs verres, Borachio sous son état d’ivresse se vante d’avoir dupé Claudio. Les gardes du studio l’entendent, et arrêtent le paparazzi ainsi que son compagnon Conrade.

Le lendemain, alors que la cérémonie de mariage commence, Claudio, avec Don Pedro comme témoin, accuse Hero d’infidélité. Choquée par de tels propos venant de son fiancé, la jeune mariée s’évanouit. Les deux hommes quittent les lieux, et alors que Hero reprend conscience, son père Leonato la répudie également. Convaincu de l’innocence de la jeune femme, le Frère Laurence suggère à Hero qu’elle se fasse passer pour morte, en espérant leur faire gagner du temps et ainsi découvrir la vérité.

Enfin seuls, Benedick et Béatrice hâtent de se déclarer leurs sentiments l’un pour l’autre. En preuve d’amour, Benedick dit à Béatrice qu’il fera n’importe quoi pour la consoler. C’est alors que Béatrice lui demande de tuer Claudio pour venger l’honneur de sa cousine…

Des amitiés seront mises à l’épreuve, et quelques secrets révélés, mais l’amour finira-t-il par triompher?

Mucho Ruido y Pocas Nueces – La Trama

Estamos en Mesina (Italia) en 1959. En un ajetreado estudio de sonido, le avisan a Leonato, el jefe de un estudio cinematográfico, que Don Pedro, el gran realizador de cine, está en camino. Beatriz, la sobrina de Leonato y una celebrada actriz, pregunta si Benedicto, el famoso actor, viene también. Las dos estrellas tienen fama por estar siempre tratando de probar cuál es el más listo.

Don Pedro llega con Benedicto y Claudio, un actor prometedor. Beatriz y Benedicto, ambos cínicos en lo que tiene que ver con el amor, reavivan su guerra de palabras. Leonato invita a todos a pasar sus vacaciones en su casa de campo, incluyendo a la hermana de Don Pedro, Doña Juana, que es periodista y aspira a ser realizadora de cine.

Claudio confiesa a Benedicto y Don Pedro que está enamorado de Hero, una estrella en ascenso e hija de Leonato. El realizador se ofrece a ayudarle a conquistarla. Esa noche en una fiesta de máscaras, Don Pedro y Hero coquetean en conversación y luego hablan en privado. Tras un breve malentendido de que la intención de Don Pedro con Hero era conquistarla para sí mismo, los invitados descubren que se ha ganado el amor de Hero para Claudio. Leonato consiente a su matrimonio y se fija la fecha de la boda.

Don Pedro cree que Benedicto y Beatriz son la pareja perfecta y conspira para juntarlos. Se las arregla para que Benedicto oiga por casualidad una conversación que tiene con Leonato y Claudio, en la que se inventan un cuento de que está Beatriz locamente enamorada de Benedicto. Convencido de su veracidad, Benedicto promete devolver el afecto de Beatriz.

Don Pedro entonces alista la ayuda de Hero y Úrsula, una ayudante de producción, para hacerle un juego similar a Beatriz. Las dos encuentran un lugar donde Beatriz puede escucharlas por casualidad y se ponen a chismorrear sobre lo enamorado que está Benedicto con ella. Beatriz les cree y promete que devolverá el afecto de Benedicto.

Mientras, Doña Juana trama un plan con Borachio, uno de los paparazzi, para destruir la felicidad de Claudio y Hero. La víspera de la boda, Borachio persuade a Margarita, amiga de Hero, a ponerse la ropa de Hero y encontrarse con él en el balcón de Hero, donde la besa. Don Pedro y Claudio los ven besarse. Claudio cree que Hero lo ha traicionado y resuelve deshonrarla en el altar.

Más tarde esa noche, Borachio se emborracha y se jacta de cómo engañó a Claudio. Los vigilantes nocturnos del estudio de cine escuchan su relato y lo arrestan.

Al comienzo de la ceremonia nupcial, Claudio acusa a Hero de serle infiel y Don Pedro lo apoya. Hero se desmaya. Una vez que se van los dos, enfadados, Leonato abjura de su hija. El Fraile, que cree que Hero es inocente, sugiere que haga como que se ha muerto del susto para darles más tiempo para desenterrar la verdad.

Una vez que están a solas, Beatriz y Benedicto se profesan finalmente que se quieren. Para comprobar su devoción, Benedicto ofrece hacer cualquier cosa que ella le pida. Beatriz exige que mate a Claudio para vengar la deshonra de Hero.

Las amistades se ven puestas a prueba y se revelan secretos, pero ¿logrará el amor conquistarlo todo?

Molto rumore per nulla – La trama

Siamo nel 1959 a Messina in Italia. Su un palcoscenico molto occupato, a Leonato, il capo dello studio cinematografico, giunge voce che sta arrivando Don Pedro, il grande regista. Beatrice, nipote di Leonato e famosa attrice, chiede se sta arrivando anche il famoso attore Benedetto.

Le due stelle sono famose per i loro battibecchi continui.

Don Pedro arriva con Benedetto e Claudio, attore di belle speranze. Beatrice e Benedetto, entrambi cinici per quanto riguarda l’amore, ricominciano con le loro schermaglie verbali. Leonato invita tutti in vacanza nella sua villa, inclusa la sorella di Don Pedro, Donna Giovanna, giornalista e aspirante cineasta.

Claudio confessa a Benedetto e Don Pedro di essere innamorato di Ero, stella nascente e figlia di Leonato. Il regista si offre di corteggiarla per conto di Claudio. Quella sera, al ballo in maschera, Don Pedro e Ero si intrattengono in una conversazione civettuola e in privato. Dopo aver brevememente malinteso che Don Pedro sta corteggiando Ero per suo interesse personale, gli ospiti scoprono che ha conquistato l’amore di Ero per Claudio. Leonato acconsente al matrimonio e viene stabilita una data per le nozze.

Don Pedro crede che Benedetto e Beatrice siano perfetti l’uno per l’altra e cospira per farli avvicinare. Predispone affinché Benedetto senta per caso una conversazione tra lui, Leonato e Claudio, nella quale inventano una storia su Beatrice innamorata pazza di Benedetto. Convinto che ciò sia vero, Benedetto giura di corrispondere i sentimenti di Beatrice.

Don Pedro quindi ottiene l’appoggio di Ero e Ursula, assistente di produzione, per giocare un simile scherzo a Beatrice. Le due donne trovano un posto dove Beatrice possa sentirle parlare per caso e iniziano a spettegolare sulla cotta strepitosa che Benedetto ha per lei. Beatrice ci crede e promette di ricambiare l’amore di Benedetto.

Nel frattempo, Donna Giovanna ordisce un piano con Borraccio, uno dei paparazzi, per distruggere la felicità di Claudio e Ero. La sera prima delle nozze della coppia, Borraccio persuade l’amica di Ero, Margherita, a mettersi i vestiti di Ero e a incontrarlo sul suo balcone, dove la bacia. Don Pedro e Claudio vedono il bacio. Claudio pensa che Ero lo abbia tradito e decide di screditarla all’altare.

Più tardi quella stessa notte, Boraccio si ubriaca e si vanta di aver ingannato Claudio. I guardiani dello studio cinematografico sentono per caso la storia e lo arrestano.

All’inizio della cerimonia nuziale, Claudio accusa Ero di essergli stata infedele e Don Pedro lo appoggia. Ero perde i sensi. Dopo che gli uomini si precipitano fuori, Leonato rinnega sua figlia. Il Frate che ritiene Ero innocente, suggerisce di far finta che sia morta per lo shock in modo da avere più tempo per scoprire la verità.

Una volta soli, Beatrice e Benedetto finalmente si dichiarano il loro amore. Per provare la sua devozione, Benedetto si offre di fare qualsiasi cosa lei chieda. Beatrice gli chiede di uccidere Claudio per vendicare il suo disonore.

Rapporti di amicizia messi alla prova, segreti rivelati, ma l’amore vincerà su tutto?

無事生非(Much Ado About Nothing)—故事內容

1959年意大利墨西拿(Messina)。在一個忙碌的攝影棚裏,電影工作室負責人Leonato收到消息,大導演Don Pedro在前來的路上。Leonato的侄女兼著名女演員Beatrice探問,名演員Benedick是否也會來。這兩位明星一直在勾心鬥角,這是眾所周知的事。

Don Pedro與Benedick和大有前途的演員Claudio一起到來。在愛情方面都是憤世嫉俗的Beatrice和Benedick,重燃兩人之間的罵戰。Leonato邀請所有人到他的別墅度假,包括Don Pedro的姊妹Dona Johnna,她是一名新聞工作者兼有抱負的電影製作人。

Claudio向Benedick和Don Pedro坦白承認,他愛上了Leonato的女兒Hero,她是一顆正在冒起的新星。大導演主動提出幫忙,代Claudio向她求愛。那晚在化妝舞會上,Don Pedro和Hero有一番富挑逗性的對話,然後私下密談。在短暫誤會Don Pedro是為自己向Hero求愛之後,賓客發現他已為Claudio贏得Hero的芳心。Leonato同意兩人的婚事,並且定下婚期。

Don Pedro認為Benedick和Beatrice是天造地設的一對,暗地裏策劃撮合兩人。他安排Benedick無意中聽到他與Leonato和Claudio的對話,當中他杜撰Beatrice深深愛上Benedick的故事。Benedick確信這是真的,發誓要回報Beatrice的愛意。

Don Pedro然後取得Hero和製作助理Ursula的幫忙,對Beatrice耍出類似的花招。這兩位女士找個Beatrice能無意中聽到她們談話的地點講閒話,說Benedick對非常迷戀她。Beatrice相信她們,保證會以愛Benedick作為回報。

與此同時,Dona Johnna和其中一名狗仔隊員Borachio擬訂計劃,破壞Claudio和Hero的幸福。在兩人的婚禮前一晚,Borachio說服Hero的朋友Margaret穿上Hero的衣服,與他在Hero的陽台上見面,他在那裏吻了她。Don Pedro和Claudio目睹兩人擁抱。Claudio相信Hero背叛了他,決定要在聖壇上令她丟臉。

那晚稍後時間,Borachio喝醉了,口沫橫飛,說自己如何欺騙了Claudio。電影工作室的夜班警衛無意中聽到他的說話,於是拘捕了他。

在兩人的婚禮開始時,Claudio指摘Hero不忠,而Don Pedro支持他。Hero暈了過去。在那些男士氣沖沖地離開之後,Leonato宣布與女兒斷絕關係。修士相信Hero是清白的,建議他們假稱她死於休克,好讓他們有多些時間去查明真相。

Beatrice和Benedick一旦單獨相處,終於表明兩人之間的愛意。為證明其忠誠,Benedick表示願意為她赴湯蹈火。Beatrice要求他殺死Claudio,以報Hero受辱之仇。

友誼受到考驗,秘密公諸於世,但愛會征服一切嗎?

ਮੱਚ ਐਡੋ ਅਬਾਊਟ ਨੱਥਿੰਗ – ਕਹਾਣੀ

ਇਹ 1959 ਮੈਸੀਨਾ, ਇਟਲੀ ਦੀ ਗੱਲ ਹੈ। ਇਕ ਬਿਜ਼ੀ ਸਾਊਂਡਸਟੇਜ `ਤੇ, ਇਕ ਫਿਲਮ ਸਟੂਡੀਓ ਦੇ ਮੁਖੀ ਲੀਓਨਾਟੋ ਨੂੰ ਇਹ ਪਤਾ ਲੱਗਦਾ ਹੈ ਕਿ ਡੌਨ ਪੈਦਰੋ ਇਕ ਬਹੁਤ ਵਧੀਆ ਫਿਲਮ ਡਾਇਰੈਕਟਰ ਆ ਰਿਹਾ ਹੈ। ਬੀਟਰਿਸ, ਲੀਓਨਾਟੋ ਦੀ ਭਤੀਜੀ ਅਤੇ ਇਕ ਵਧੀਆ ਅਭਿਨੇਤਰੀ ਪੁੱਛਦੀ ਹੈ ਕਿ ਕੀ ਬੈਨੇਡਿਕ ਮਸ਼ਹੂਰ ਐਕਟਰ ਵੀ ਆ ਰਿਹਾ ਹੈ। ਦੋਨੋਂ ਸਟਾਰ ਆਪਣੀਆਂ ਸ਼ਤਾਨੀਆਂ ਦੀ ਲਗਾਤਰ ਲੜਾਈ ਲਈ ਬਦਨਾਮ ਹਨ।

ਡੌਨ ਪੈਦਰੋ ਬੈਨੇਡਿਕ ਅਤੇ ਇਕ ਨਵੇਂ ਐਕਟਰ ਕਲੌਡੀਓ ਨਾਲ ਪਹੁੰਚਦਾ ਹੈ। ਬੀਟਰਿਸ ਅਤੇ ਬੈਨੇਡਿਕ ਜੋ ਕਿ ਦੋਨੋਂ ਪਿਆਰ ਬਾਰੇ ਬੜੇ ਸਨਕੀ ਹਨ, ਆਪਣੀ ਸ਼ਬਦਾਂ ਦੀ ਜੰਗ ਦੁਬਾਰਾ ਸ਼ੁਰੂ ਕਰ ਲੈਂਦੇ ਹਨ। ਲੀਓਨਾਟੋ ਹਰ ਇਕ ਨੂੰ ਆਪਣੇ ਵਿੱਲੇ ਵਿਚ ਛੁੱਟੀਆਂ ਕੱਟਣ ਦਾ ਸੱਦਾ ਦਿੰਦਾ ਹੈ, ਜਿਸ ਵਿਚ ਡੌਨ ਪੈਦਰੋ ਦੀ ਭੈਣ, ਡੋਨਾ ਜੌਹਨਾ ਵੀ ਸ਼ਾਮਲ ਹੈ ਜੋ ਕਿ ਇਕ ਪੱਤਰਕਾਰ ਅਤੇ ਆਸਵੰਦ ਫਿਲਮਮੇਕਰ ਹੈ।

ਕਲੌਡੀਓ, ਬੈਨੇਡਿਕ ਅਤੇ ਡੌਨ ਪੈਦਰੋ ਕੋਲ ਇਹ ਮੰਨਦਾ ਹੈ ਕਿ ਉਸ ਨੂੰ ਹੀਰੋ ਨਾਲ ਪਿਆਰ ਹੋ ਗਿਆ ਹੈ ਜੋ ਕਿ ਇਕ ਉਭਰਦੀ ਸਟਾਰ ਅਤੇ ਲੀਓਨਾਟੋ ਦੀ ਧੀ ਹੈ। ਡਾਇਰੈਕਟਰ ਉਸ ਨੂੰ ਕਲੌਡੀਓ ਦੀ ਤਰਫੋਂ ਕੁੜੀ ਨਾਲ ਪਿਆਰ ਜਤਾਉਣ ਵਿਚ ਉਸ ਦੀ ਮਦਦ ਕਰਨ ਦੀ ਪੇਸ਼ਕਸ਼ ਕਰਦਾ ਹੈ। ਉਸ ਸ਼ਾਮ ਨੂੰ ਨਾਚ ਪਾਰਟੀ ਵਿਚ, ਡੌਨ ਪੈਦਰੋ ਅਤੇ ਹੀਰੋ ਦਿਲਲਗੀ ਵਾਲੀ ਗੱਲਬਾਤ ਕਰਦੇ ਹਨ ਅਤੇ ਫਿਰ ਪ੍ਰਾਈਵੇਟ ਵਿਚ ਗੱਲ ਕਰਦੇ ਹਨ। ਇਕ ਸੰਖੇਪ ਗਲਤ-ਫਹਿਮੀ ਤੋਂ ਬਾਅਦ ਕਿ ਡੌਨ ਪੈਦਰੋ ਹੀਰੋ ਦਾ ਆਪਣੇ ਲਈ ਪਿਆਰ ਜਿੱਤ ਰਿਹਾ ਹੈ, ਪ੍ਰਹੁਣਿਆਂ ਨੂੰ ਇਹ ਪਤਾ ਲੱਗਦਾ ਹੈ ਕਿ ਉਸ ਨੇ ਕਲੌਡੀਓ ਲਈ ਹੀਰੋ ਦਾ ਪਿਆਰ ਜਿੱਤ ਲਿਆ ਹੈ। ਲੀਓਨਾਟੋ ਇਸ ਵਿਆਹ ਲਈ ਸਹਿਮਤੀ ਦੇ ਦਿੰਦਾ ਹੈ ਅਤੇ ਵਿਆਹ ਦੀ ਤਾਰੀਕ ਪੱਕੀ ਕਰ ਦਿੱਤੀ ਜਾਂਦੀ ਹੈ।

ਡੌਨ ਪੈਦਰੋ ਇਹ ਯਕੀਨ ਕਰਦਾ ਹੈ ਕਿ ਬੈਨੇਡਿਕ ਅਤੇ ਬੀਟਰਿਸ ਇਕ ਦੂਜੇ ਲਈ ਬਹੁਤ ਫਿੱਟ ਹਨ ਅਤੇ ਉਹ ਉਨ੍ਹਾਂ ਨੂੰ ਇਕੱਠੇ ਕਰਨ ਦੀ ਸਾਜ਼ਸ ਰਚਦਾ ਹੈ। ਉਹ ਬੈਨੇਡਿਕ ਨੂੰ ਉਹ ਗੱਲਬਾਤ ਸਣਾਉਣ ਦਾ ਪ੍ਰਬੰਧ ਕਰਦਾ ਹੈ ਜਿਹੜੀ ਉਸ ਨੇ ਲੀਓਨਾਟੋ ਅਤੇ ਕਲੌਡੀਓ ਨਾਲ ਕਰਨੀ ਹੈ, ਜਿਸ ਵਿਚ ਉਹ ਬੀਟਰਿਸ ਬਾਰੇ ਇਹ ਕਹਾਣੀ ਘੜਦੇ ਹਨ ਕਿ ਬੀਟਰਿਸ ਬੈਨਡਿਕ ਨੂੰ ਝੱਲਿਆਂ ਵਾਂਗ ਪਿਆਰ ਕਰਦੀ ਹੈ। ਇਸ ਨੂੰ ਸੱਚ ਮੰਨ ਕੇ ਬੈਨਡਿਕ ਬੀਟਰਿਸ ਦੇ ਪ੍ਰੇਮ ਦਾ ਮੁੱਲ ਪਾਉਣ ਦਾ ਇਕਰਾਰ ਕਰਦਾ ਹੈ।

ਡੌਨ ਪੈਦਰੋ ਫਿਰ ਬੀਟਰਿਸ `ਤੇ ਇਹੋ ਟ੍ਰਿਕ ਕਰਨ ਲਈ ਹੀਰੋ ਅਤੇ ਉਰਸੁਲਾ, ਇਕ ਪ੍ਰੋਡਕਸ਼ਨ ਅਸਿਸਟੈਂਟ ਦੀ ਮਦਦ ਲੈਂਦਾ ਹੈ। ਦੋਨੋਂ ਔਰਤਾਂ ਇਕ ਥਾਂ ਲੱਭ ਲੈਂਦੀਆਂ ਹਨ ਜਿੱਥੇ ਬੀਟਰਿਸ ਉਨ੍ਹਾਂ ਦੀਆਂ ਗੱਲਾਂ ਸੁਣ ਸਕੇ ਅਤੇ ਉਹ ਉਸ ਉਪਰ ਬੈਨੇਡਿਕ ਦੇ ਮਰਨ ਮਿਟਣ ਬਾਰੇ ਗੱਪ ਮਾਰਦੀਆਂ ਹਨ। ਬੀਟਰਿਸ ਉਨ੍ਹਾਂ `ਤੇ ਯਕੀਨ ਕਰਦੀ ਹੈ ਅਤੇ ਬਦਲੇ ਵਿਚ ਬੈਨੇਡਿਕ ਨਾਲ ਪਿਆਰ ਕਰਨ ਦਾ ਵਾਅਦਾ ਕਰਦੀ ਹੈ।

ਇੰਨੇ ਨੂੰ ਡੌਨਾ ਜੌਹਨਾ, ਕਲੌਡੀਓ ਅਤੇ ਹੀਰੋ ਦੀ ਖੁਸ਼ੀ ਨੂੰ ਤਬਾਹ ਕਰਨ ਲਈ ਬੋਰਾਕੀਓ, ਇਕ ਫੋਟੋ ਪੱਤਰਕਾਰ ਨਾਲ ਰਲ ਕੇ ਸਕੀਮ ਘੜਦੀ ਹੈ। ਜੋੜੇ ਦੇ ਵਿਆਹ ਤੋਂ ਪਹਿਲੀ ਰਾਤ, ਬੋਰਾਕੀਓ ਹੀਰੋ ਦੀ ਦੋਸਤ ਮਾਰਗਾਰੇਟ ਨੂੰ ਹੀਰੋ ਦੇ ਕੱਪੜੇ ਪਾ ਕੇ ਹੀਰੋ ਦੀ ਬਾਲਕੋਨੀ `ਤੇ ਆਉਣ ਲਈ ਮਨਾ ਲੈਂਦਾ ਹੈ ਜਿੱਥੇ ਉਹ ਉਸ ਨੂੰ ਚੁੰਮਦਾ ਹੈ। ਡੌਨ ਪੈਦਰੋ ਅਤੇ ਕਲੌਡੀਓ ਉਨ੍ਹਾਂ ਦੀ ਗਲਵਕੜੀ ਦੇ ਗਵਾਹ ਬਣਦੇ ਹਨ। ਕਲੌਡੀਓ ਇਹ ਯਕੀਨ ਕਰਦਾ ਹੈ ਕਿ ਹੀਰੋ ਨੇ ਉਸ ਨਾਲ ਬੇਵਫਾਈ ਕੀਤੀ ਹੈ ਅਤੇ ਉਹ ਵਿਆਹ ਵੇਲੇ ਉਸ ਦੀ ਬੇਇੱਜ਼ਤੀ ਕਰਨ ਦਾ ਫੈਸਲਾ ਕਰਦਾ ਹੈ।

ਉਸ ਰਾਤ ਬਾਅਦ ਵਿਚ, ਬੋਰਾਕੀਓ ਸ਼ਰਾਬੀ ਹੋ ਜਾਂਦਾ ਹੈ ਅਤੇ ਇਹ ਫੜ ਮਾਰਦਾ ਹੈ ਕਿ ਉਸ ਨੇ ਕਿਵੇਂ ਕਲੌਡੀਓ ਨਾਲ ਚਾਲ ਖੇਡੀ ਹੈ। ਫਿਲਮ ਸਟੂਡਿਓ ਦਾ ਰਾਤ ਦਾ ਵਾਚਮਿਨ ਉਸ ਦੀ ਕਹਾਣੀ ਸੁਣ ਲੈਂਦਾ ਹੈ ਅਤੇ ਉਸ ਨੂੰ ਗ੍ਰਿਫਤਾਰ ਕਰ ਲੈਂਦਾ ਹੈ।

ਜਦੋਂ ਉਨ੍ਹਾਂ ਦੇ ਵਿਆਹ ਦੀ ਰਸਮ ਸ਼ੁਰੂ ਹੁੰਦੀ ਹੈ ਤਾਂ ਕਲੌਡੀਓ ਹੀਰੋ `ਤੇ ਬੇਵਫਾਈ ਕਰਨ ਦਾ ਇਲਜ਼ਾਮ ਲਾਉਂਦਾ ਹੈ ਅਤੇ ਡੌਨ ਪੈਦਰੋ ਉਸ ਦੀ ਹਿਮਾਇਤ ਕਰਦਾ ਹੈ। ਹੀਰੋ ਬੇਹੋਸ਼ ਹੋ ਜਾਂਦੀ ਹੈ। ਜਦੋਂ ਮਰਦ ਗੁੱਸੇ ਵਿਚ ਤੇਜ਼ੀ ਨਾਲ ਬਾਹਰ ਚਲੇ ਜਾਂਦੇ ਹਨ ਤਾਂ ਲੀਓਨਾਟੋ ਆਪਣੀ ਧੀ ਨਾਲੋਂ ਸੰਬੰਧ ਤੋੜ ਲੈਂਦਾ ਹੈ। ਫਰਾਇਰ ਜੋ ਕਿ ਇਹ ਯਕੀਨ ਕਰਦਾ ਹੈ ਕਿ ਹੀਰੋ ਬੇਕਸੂਰ ਹੈ, ਇਹ ਸੁਝਾਅ ਦਿੰਦਾ ਹੈ ਕਿ ਉਹ ਇਹ ਦਿਖਾਵਾ ਕਰਨ ਕਿ ਉਹ ਸਦਮੇ ਨਾਲ ਮਰ ਗਈ ਹੈ ਤਾਂ ਜੋ ਸੱਚ ਦਾ ਪਤਾ ਲਾਉਣ ਲਈ ਉਨ੍ਹਾਂ ਨੂੰ ਹੋਰ ਸਮਾਂ ਮਿਲ ਸਕੇ।

ਇਕੱਲੇ ਹੋਣ `ਤੇ ਬੀਟਰਿਸ ਅਤੇ ਬੈਨੇਡਿਕ ਇਕ ਦੂਜੇ ਲਈ ਆਪਣੇ ਪਿਆਰ ਨੂੰ ਸਵੀਕਾਰ ਕਰਦੇ ਹਨ। ਆਪਣੇ ਪ੍ਰੇਮ ਨੂੰ ਸਾਬਤ ਕਰਨ ਲਈ ਬੈਨੇਡਿਕ ਉਹ ਕੋਈ ਵੀ ਚੀਜ਼ ਕਰਨ ਲਈ ਕਹਿੰਦਾ ਹੈ ਜਿਸ ਦੀ ਉਹ ਮੰਗ ਕਰੇਗੀ। ਬੀਟਰਿਸ ਮੰਗ ਕਰਦੀ ਹੈ ਕਿ ਹੀਰੋ ਦੀ ਬੇਇੱਜ਼ਤੀ ਦਾ ਬਦਲਾ ਲੈਣ ਲਈ ਉਹ ਕਲੌਡੀਓ ਨੂੰ ਮਾਰ ਦੇਵੇ।

ਦੋਸਤੀਆਂ ਪਰਖੀਆਂ ਗਈਆਂ, ਭੇਤ ਜ਼ਾਹਰ ਹੋ ਗਏ, ਪਰ ਕੀ ਪਿਆਰ ਸਾਰਿਆਂ ਨੂੰ ਜਿੱਤ ਲਵੇਗਾ?

جعجعة بدون طحن (أو الكثير من اللغط حول لا شيء) – القصة

تدور الأحداث في عام 1959 في مدينة ميسينا الإيطالية. في موقع تسجيل مزدحم، يتم إخبار ليوناتو، رئيس إستديو الأفلام، بأن مخرج الأفلام الشهير دون بدرو في طريقه إليه. تسأل بياتريس إبنة شقيق ليوناتو إذا كان الممثل الشهير بنديك سيأتي أيضاً. وهذا النجمان مشهوران بمشاجراتهم الظريفة المستمرة.

يصل دون بيدرو برفقة بنديك والممثل الصاعد كلوديو. تبدأ المشاجرة الكلامية بين بياتريس وبنديك اللذان يسخران كلاهما من الحب. يقوم ليوناتو بدعوة الجميع ومن ضمنهم شقيقة دون بيدرو ، دونا جونا الصحفية وصانعة الأفلام الطموحة لقضاء عطلة في قصره.

يقوم كلوديو بإخبار بنديك ودون بيدرو بأنه واقع في غرام النجمة الصاعدة هيرو، إبنة ليوناتو. يعرض المخرج عليه أن يغازلها نيابة عن كلوديو. في الحفلة التنكرية التي أقيمت في المساء، يقع حديث ملئ بالمغازلة بين دون بيدرو وهيرو ويتحدثان بعدها على إنفراد. بعد مرور فترة قصيرة يُعتقد فيها أن دون بيدرو يحاول مغازلة هيرو لنفسه، يكتشف الضيوف بأنه نجح في إقناع هيرو في الوقوع في حب كلوديو. يوافق ليوناتو على هذا الزواج ويتم تحديد موعد له.

دون بيدرو على قناعة بأن بنديك وبياتريس يناسبان بعضهما البعض ويتآمر على تقاربهما. يعمل ترتيبات من أجل أن يسمع بنديك خلسة حديثه مع ليوناتو وكلوديو، وفيها يبتكرون قصة مفادها أن بياتريس مجنونة بحب بنديك. ولإعتقاده بأن هذا الأمر صحيح، يحاول بنديك أن يبادل بياتريس نفس الشعور.

وبعد ذلك، يطلب دون بيدرو المساعدة من هيرو وأورسولا، مساعدة الإنتاج، لمحاولة عمل خدعة مماثلة على بياتريس. تجد المرأتان مكاناً تسمع فيه بياتريس حديثهما وتتحدثان عن مدى إنجذاب بنديك إليها وصدقت بياتريس ما سمعته وتتعهد في أن تبادل بنديك نفس الحب.

في تلك الأثناء، تقوم دونا جونا بوضع خطة مع بوراشيو، الصحفي الذي يطارد المشاهير، لتدمير سعادة كلوديو وهيرو. في الليلة التي سبقت زواج الحبيبين، ينجح بوراشيو في إقناع مارجريت، زميلة هيرو، في إرتداء ملابس هيرو والإلتقاء به في شرفة منزل هيرو ويقوم هناك بتقبيل يدها. ويراهما دون بيدرو وكلوديو وهم يغازلان بعضهما البعض. يظن كلوديو بأن هيرو قد خانته ويقرر أن يهينها أثناء عقد قِرانهما.

وفي وقت متأخر من تلك الليلة، يسكر بوراشيو ويتباهى بما فعله في إخداع كلوديو. ويسمع الحارس الليلي لإستديو الأفلام حديثه ويقوم بإعتقاله.

حالما تبدأ حفلة زواجهما، يقوم كلوديو بإتهام هيرو بالخيانة ويقوم دون بيدرو بدعم كلامه. تفقد هيرو وعيها. بعدما يقوم الرجال بالمغادرة، يشجب ليوناتو إبنته. ولإقتناع الراهب ببرائة هيرو، يقترح أن يتظاهروا بأنها ماتت من شدة الصدمة لكي يكتسبوا المزيد من الوقت لمعرفة الحقيقة.

عندما ينفردان، يعلن بنديك وبياتريس حبهما لأحدهما الآخر. من أجل إظهار حبه، يتعهد بنديك بعمل أي شيء تطلب بياتريس منه. تطلب بياتريس منه أن يقتل كلوديو للإنتقام لهيرو.

يتم إختبار الصداقات وتُكشف الأسرار ولكن هل سينجح الحب في حل جميع المشاكل؟

Cast & Creative Team

David M. AdamsAntonio | Seacoal

David M. Adams

Antonio | Seacoal

David last appeared with Bard in 1994, and is very happy to return! Recent favourite roles: Prospero, The Tempest and Shylock, The Merchant of Venice (St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival); Tevye, Fiddler on the Roof (Gateway Theatre); The Editor, Tear the Curtain (Stanley Theatre/Can Stage); Leonato, Much Ado About Nothing (Tarragon Theatre); Birbal, Brothel #9 (Touchstone Theatre); Bryan, Elbow Room Café: The Musical (The Cultch); and Abraam/Playwright, Valley Song (Pacific Theatre).

Lois AndersonUrsula | Sexton (June 1 - August 6)

Lois Anderson

Ursula | Sexton (June 1 - August 6)

Bard roles include Viola, Twelfth Night; Kate, The Taming of the Shrew; Helena, All’s Well that Ends Well; Rosalind, As You Like It; and Mistress Overdone, Measure For Measure. She is a UBC graduate and has directed for Bard (Pericles), Arts Club Theatre, Rough House Productions, Leaky Heaven, SFU and UBC. She was a co-creator of Cirque Poule and Flying Blind. Lois has received seven Jessie Awards, a Betty Mitchell Award, and the Sydney Risk Emerging Director Award.

Ian ButcherDon Pedro

Ian Butcher

Don Pedro

A graduate of Studio 58, Ian has worked extensively throughout Europe and Canada. This year will be his ninth Bard season. Select Bard roles: Oberon, Macduff, and Angelo. Other selected theatre: Dracula (Chemainus); The Sound of Music (Gateway); Robin Hood (Carousel); and Coriolanus (Coriolanus Co-Op). Film/TV: Supergirl, Impastor, Motive, Arctic Air, Robocop, Almost Human, Once Upon A Time, The Killing Game, Supernatural, Stargate Universe, and Stargate SG-1. Thanks to the family and Kay.

Chris CochraneVerges | Friar | Messenger | Gravekeeper

Chris Cochrane

Verges | Friar | Messenger | Gravekeeper

Theatre: Avenue Q, Peter and the Starcatcher, The Waiting Room, and She Stoops to Conquer (Arts Club); The Competition is Fierce (ITSAZOO), Urinetown (Firehall), Little Brother, Little Sister (Caravan Farm), Measure for Measure and Elizabeth Rex (Bard). Film/TV: My Better Half, A Bride For Christmas and Time after Time (Hallmark); The Haunting Hour (The Hub); Supernatural (CW); Fringe (WB/FOX). Chris has been nominated for two Jessie Awards. He is a graduate of The Stella Adler Studio (NYC) and Studio 58.

Austin EckertHugh Oatcake | Page

Austin Eckert

Hugh Oatcake | Page

Austin is thrilled to be making his Bard debut with this wicked group. Recent credits include Mamma Mia! (WCT); Miss Understood (the frank); HAIR (Mayfield); and Spring Awakening (Belfry/CCPA). Film/TV credits: Supernatural, Untold Stories of the E.R., Generation Y (Short), The Magicians and The Flash. Austin is a graduate of the Canadian College of Performing Arts.

Ben ElliottBorachio | Musician

Ben Elliott

Borachio | Musician

Ben returns for his seventh season at Bard on the Beach. Favourite Bard credits: Benvolio, Romeo and Juliet; the Bear, Elizabeth Rex and the composer for Cymbeline. Ben is a multi- Jessie Award nominee and won for his Musical Direction for The Merry Wives of Windsor. Ben is a recipient of the Edmund Kean Sword Award and this year named Bard’s Music Advisor. Ben is a graduate of Studio 58.

Julien GalipeauClaudio

Julien Galipeau

Claudio

After playing Young Lucious in the 2008 Bard production of Titus Andronicus, Julien finished high school and went on to further his acting training at Studio 58, graduating this year. Previous credits include Billy Lawlor, 42nd Street and Prior Walter, Angels in America (Studio 58); and Claude, Hair (Renegade Productions). Julien thanks his family and instructors for all their guidance and support, as well as his grad class. He wouldn’t have made it here without them.

Amber LewisBeatrice

Amber Lewis

Beatrice

Amber returns for her sixth season at Bard. Highlights include Mistress Ford, The Merry Wives of Windsor; Constance, King John; Katherine, Henry V and Lady Percy, Falstaff. Selected stage: Baskerville and Don’t Dress for Dinner (Mayfield); Burning Bluebeard (Edmonton Actors Theatre); Gideon’s Knot (SkirtsaFire); The End of Civilization and Adult Entertainment (Punctuate! Theatre); The Importance of Being Earnest and The Philanderer (Arts Club); and Saint Joan (Chemainus). Amber was born and raised in Barbados and is a graduate of George Brown Theatre School.

Jennifer LinesUrsula | Sexton (August 8 - September 23)

Jennifer Lines

Ursula | Sexton (August 8 - September 23)

This is Jennifer’s sixteenth season with Bard. Favourite past credits: Romeo and Juliet, The Tempest, Twelfth Night, Much Ado About Nothing, Titus Andronicus. Other select credits: It’s a Wonderful Life, High Society, The Real Thing (Arts Club); Anatol, A Little Night Music, Hello Dolly (Playhouse); King Lear, The Great Gatsby, Beyond Eden (Theatre Calgary), Après Moi (Ruby Slippers). The two-time Jessie Award–winner received her BFA in Acting from UVIC. Upcoming: Jill Daum’s new play Forget about Tomorrow (Belfry/Arts Club).

Kevin MacDonaldBenedick

Kevin MacDonald

Benedick

Kevin recently returned to Vancouver after eight years in Toronto. Some recent credits include Ladvenu, Saint Joan (Arts Club); Prince Myshkin, The Idiot (Neworld/PuSh); Petruchio, The Taming of the Shrew; Banquo, MacBeth; and Denis, The Flood Thereafter (CanStage in Toronto). Kevin was a member of the Canadian Film Centre’s Actors Conservatory and the inaugural Soulpepper Academy. He has performed at theatres across the country and is a graduate of Studio 58. www.kevinmacdonald.ca

Sereana MalaniConrade

Sereana Malani

Conrade

Born in the Fiji Islands, Sereana now calls Vancouver home. This is her fifth season at Bard. Bard credits: Measure for Measure, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Tempest, Comedy of Errors, Othello and Pericles. Other theatre: You Will Remember Me (Ruby Slippers); Clybourne Park (Citadel); Good People (Arts Club); Valley Song (Gateway); Go, Dog. Go! (Carousel); Whisper (Catalyst); Ride (Northern Light); and The Ghost Sonata (Studio Theatre). She is a graduate of the BFA Acting program at the University of Alberta.

Ashley O'ConnellDogberry

Ashley O'Connell

Dogberry

Ashley is from Dublin, Ireland and has a BFA from UBC. Credits include Flare Path (Slamming Door); The Romans in Britain and The Country Wife (ETC); Spamalot, Blood Brothers and The Graduate (Arts Club); Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me (Dancing Monkey); A Few Good Men (Citadel); Of Mice And Men (Blue Bridge); The Full Monty (Persephone); Richard II and All’s Well That Ends Well (Bard). Film/TV credits: Watchmen, Zoo, Dirk Gently, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, and Supernatural. Love to Mai.

Laara SadiqDona Johnna

Laara Sadiq

Dona Johnna

Laara is delighted to join Bard this season. Recently: Brothel #9 and Eternal Hydra (Touchstone); Our Town (Caravan Farm Theatre); Cake and Dirt (Tarragon); The Penelopiad (Arts Club); Saint Carmen of the Main (Canadian Stage); Romeo and Juliet (NAC); and No Exit (ACT). Guest starring roles: Arrow, The Arrangement, Eyewitness, The Strain, Rogue, Remedy, Killjoys, Hemlock Grove, and Heartland. Laara also works extensively in voice-over. Recipient of Jessie and Leo Awards. Proud mama to her daughter Lotus. www.laarasadiq.com

Parmiss SehatHero

Parmiss Sehat

Hero

Parmiss graduated from UBC’s BFA Acting program in the spring of 2016. She is thrilled and incredibly grateful to be making her Bard debut with such an exciting season! Theatre credits include Sultans of the Street (Carousel Theatre); Love, Lust & Lace (Fringe); and The Arabian Nights (UBC Theatre). Film/TV: Hammer of the Gods, Love, Approximately, and Untold Stories of the E.R.

Andrew WheelerLeonato

Andrew Wheeler

Leonato

Andrew is delighted to return to Bard for his tenth season. Favourite roles include Mark Antony, Malvolio, Macbeth and Benedick. Other recent credits include Footloose and Les Misérables (Chemainus); A Good Way Out and The Rainmaker (Pacific), The Day Before Christmas and Onegin (Arts Club), and Ebenezer (Jericho). Recent TV episodes include iZombie, Gracepoint, and The Killing. Look for Andrew on tour with Onegin beginning this fall, and coming to a town near you.

Kaitlin WilliamsMargaret

Kaitlin Williams

Margaret

Kaitlin is a local theatre artist and is making her Bard debut this season. Recent credits include Pride and Prejudice, The Foreigner (Arts Club); The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, It’s a Wonderful Life (Pacific Theatre); Corleone (Classic Chic); and A Lovely Sunday (Chemainus). She is a graduate of UVic’s BFA Acting program. Up next, she is directing Almost, Maine at Pacific Theatre. Love and gratitude to Mom and Dad (especially for taking her to Bard when when she was young). www.kaitlinwilliams.com

John MurphyDirector

John Murphy

Director

This is John’s eighth season at Bard. Directing: Measure for Measure (Bard); Twisted Christmas Carol, The Odd Couple, The Santaland Diaries, and Baskerville (Arts Club); True Story, Harry’s Christmas, and Sex, Drugs, Rock and Roll (revolution theatre); Volpone and Duet for One (United Players); Ghosts in Baghdad (Working Spark); I can’t remember... (Tara Cheyenne); and Woody Sed (Theatre Bagger). Acting: Much Ado, Shrew, As You Like It, Richard II, and King Lear (Bard). Playwriting: The Heretic (Talonbooks) and True Story (Jessie Award). John plays in the band China Repair. www.chinarepair.bandcamp.com/releases

Christine ReimerCostume Designer

Christine Reimer

Costume Designer

Previous costume designs for Bard: Shakespeare’s Rebel, The Tempest and Titus Andronicus. Recent design credits: The Audience, Pride and Prejudice (Arts Club Theatre), The Invisible Hand (Pi Theatre), and King Arthur’s Night (Neworld). Christine is a Betty Mitchell and Jessie Award–winner for Outstanding Costume Design. Her costume illustrations have appeared in several publications and exhibitions, including the most recent exhibition, Costume at the Turn of the Century 1990–2015 (Moscow, Bejing, USA). www.christinereimerdesign.com

Pam JohnsonScenery Designer

Pam Johnson

Scenery Designer

Pam started with Bard in 1998 and was instrumental in designing the Bard Village and entranceway. Bard credits include Romeo and Juliet, The Merry Wives of Windsor, The Comedy of Errors, King Lear, Cymbeline, Hamlet, Twelfth Night, King John, Richard II, Titus, Henry V, The Taming of the Shrew, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Macbeth, Measure for Measure, and Richard III. Pam has received several Jessie Awards, as well as a Career Achievement Award.

Gerald KingLighting Designer

Gerald King

Lighting Designer

Lighting designer at Bard for sixteen seasons, Gerald’s recent credits include The Cure For Death By Lightning, The 39 Steps, and Les Miserables (Western Canada Theatre); King Lear, Liberation Days, and Much Ado About Nothing (Theatre Calgary); Otello, Dead Man Walking, Evita, Die Fledermaus, and Tosca (Vancouver Opera); Madama Butterfly (Opera Omaha); Million Dollar Quartet, Educating Rita, Spamalot, and Xanadu (Arts Club); The Book of Love, Life, and A Simple Way (Kokoro Dance); and Faerie Queen (Royal Winnipeg Ballet).

Murray PriceComposer/Sound Designer

Murray Price

Composer/Sound Designer

Murray is a producer and composer with KOKO Productions. Favourite stage work includes The Men in White, The Flick, Good People, One Man, Two Guvnors, Boeing-Boeing, and The 39 Steps (Arts Club); King John, As You Like It, Twelfth Night, Shakespeare’s Rebel, and The Comedy of Errors (Bard). He has received several IBA and Clio awards for TV and radio, as well as Jessie Award nominations including Outstanding Artistic Achievement. He enjoys talking to himself in third person.

Corwin FergusonProjection Designer

Corwin Ferguson

Projection Designer

Corwin works across Canada primarily as a video and projection designer and holds multiple award nominations for his designs. He has studied animation, is a co-founder/ Artistic Associate of Awkward Stage Productions, a storyteller with Forbidden Vancouver Historic Walking Tours and an urban game designer/operator with Vancouver Mysteries. Corwin is a Studio 58 acting graduate and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Performing Arts from Capilano University. For all things Corwin visit www.corwinferguson.com.

Alison MatthewsHead Voice & Text Coach

Alison Matthews

Head Voice & Text Coach

Alison has been the Voice & Text Coach at Bard since 2009. She teaches at the Citadel Banff Professional Theatre Program and the Arts Club Actor’s Intensive, and adjudicates competitive speech festivals across Western Canada. A professional actor for over 20 years, Alison works in radio, television, and film. Alison holds a MFA (specializing in Voice) from the University of British Columbia, and an Associate Diploma in Drama & Speech from Trinity College London. www.alisonmatthews.com

Tara Cheyenne FriedenbergChoreographer

Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg

Choreographer

Award-winning creator, performer, choreographer, director, and writer. Renowned as a trailblazer in interdisciplinary performance and as a mighty performer “who defies categorization on any level.” With a string of celebrated shows to her credit (bANGER, Goggles, Porno Death Cult, Highgate, How to Be) multidisciplinary collaborations, commissions and boundary bending ensemble creations, Tara’s work is renowned nationally and internationally. Tara lives in East Vancouver with her husband, composer Marc Stewart, and their son Jasper.

Josh ReynoldsFight Director

Josh Reynolds

Fight Director

Josh, a graduate of the UBC BFA Acting Program, is an actor, fight director, writer and artist. He has worked for theatre companies: Bard, Carousel, Chemainus, Green Thumb, Rumble, and most recently, Classic Chic Productions. Josh wrote and produced the two- time Jessie Award–nominated play From Parts Unknown…, and has been nominated for two Jessie Awards and a Dora Award for performance and fight direction. Josh also creates multi- disciplinary art under the pseudonym HLFÅS for his website Heelfacade.com.

Stephen CourtenayProduction Stage Manager

Stephen Courtenay

Production Stage Manager

As he approaches 25 years and 50 productions with Bard, Stephen looks forward to assisting the two BMO Mainstage directors, as they integrate their quite different worlds amid the ethereal setting in Vanier Park. Stephen’s previous work includes projects with the Vancouver Playhouse, Theatre Calgary, Studio58/Green Thumb, Touchstone Theatre, the Electric Company and Vancouver Opera, amongst others. Future SM work includes a remount of Leslie Mildiner’s adaptation of George Orwell’s Coming Up For Air.

Rebecca MulvihillAssistant Stage Manager

Rebecca Mulvihill

Assistant Stage Manager

Rebecca’s previous Bard credits include Henry VI, Richard III, King John, and The Merry Wives of Windsor. Rebecca has worked as a Stage Manager and Assistant Stage Manager for many local companies including the Arts Club, Touchstone Theatre, Carousel Theatre, Alley Theatre, Working Spark, Théâtre la Seizième, and Boca del Lupo. Rebecca has also worked as the Artist Logistics Assistant for the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival. She is a graduate of the University of Victoria.

Tanya SchwaerzleApprentice Stage Manager

Tanya Schwaerzle

Apprentice Stage Manager

Tanya is thrilled to be making her Bard debut this season! She is a graduate of the BFA Technical Theatre Stage Management program at the University of Alberta. Selected Apprentice Stage Manaxger credits: Bittergirl, A Christmas Story, Blue Box, and Bullet Catch (Arts Club); How to Survive an Apocalypse (Touchstone Theatre); and Miss Shakespeare and J. Caesar (Firehall/Escape Artists). Tanya thanks Captain, Gordie, Adam, and the rest of her family and friends for their support.

Nicole AnthonyDirecting Apprentice

Nicole Anthony

Directing Apprentice

Nicole has directed a variety of stage and musical theatre productions including I Hate Hamlet, The Drowsy Chaperone, Beyond Therapy and Apophis, an original Canadian play which debuted at the 2014 Vancouver Fringe Festival. For five years she has also taught scene study, voice and movement, and acting on camera. This is Nicole’s first year with the renowned Bard on the Beach and she is excited to contribute to an engaging and delightful season.

Toby BernerDirecting Apprentice

Toby Berner

Directing Apprentice

Toby is extremely grateful to Bard for this opportunity. Recently Toby directed his first ever play, The Amazing Trevor by Courtenay J. Stevens at the Toronto Festival of Clowns. As an actor, Toby has appeared in many plays around Canada including the hit one-man show The Santaland Diaries and the Canadian premiere of The Dishwashers by Morris Panych, both at the Arts Club Theatre. Toby is a graduate of Studio 58.

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