The antics surrounding the upcoming marriage of Claudio, a young soldier, to Hero, his lady fair, are the backdrop for one of Shakespeare’s greatest love stories, that of the fiery Beatrice and Benedick. Setting our story in modern times, the Bard’s prose has never felt more timely as our four lovers fight the effects of malicious “fake news” spread by an ambitious political foe. Directed by Stephanie Wozniak.
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The antics surrounding the upcoming marriage of Claudio, a young soldier, to Hero, his lady fair, are the backdrop for one of Shakespeare’s greatest love stories, that of the fiery Beatrice and Benedick. Setting our story in modern times, the Bard’s prose has never felt more timely as our four lovers fight the effects of malicious “fake news” spread by an ambitious political foe.
The descriptions below are of the original characters. There may be some combining, cutting and/or gender bending of some of the roles. The characters are listed in order of their social status.
An important nobleman from Aragon and longtime friend of Leonato, he is more like a brother than a commander to the soldiers who serve under him. As generous, courteous, intelligent and loving as he can be to his friends, he is also quick to believe evil of others and hasty to take revenge.
The governor of Messina, Hero’s father and Beatrice’s uncle. He is a respected, well-to-do, elderly nobleman who would do anything to make his daughter happy.
Leonato’s elderly brother, and Hero and Beatrice’s uncle.
A young soldier who has won great acclaim fighting under Don Pedro during the recent wars and who, upon his return, falls deeply in love with Hero. He is as gullible as he is valiant and loving, and he is quick to believe the rumors that swirl around his beloved.
A gentleman soldier who has fought for his good friend Don Pedro and side by side his buddy Claudio. His good looks and great wit make him an excellent match, both verbally and romantically, for Beatrice, but he distrusts all women, believing all of them cheat on their men, and he vows he will never marry.
Don Pedro’s illegitimate half-brother is melancholy and sullen His jealousy of Don Pedro’s power and authority inspires him to create a dark scheme to ruin the happiness of Hero and Claudio.
An associate of Don John’s and the lover of Margaret, Hero’s serving woman. Quick to accept a bribe, he conspires with Don John to trick Claudio and Don Pedro into thinking Hero has been unfaithful.
Another associate of Don John, completely devoted to his evil schemes.
The chief policeman of Messina, in charge of the watch. Although he is serious about his job, he has a habit of using exactly the wrong word to convey his meaning.
A waiting man in Leonator’s household, and a musician who flirts with Margaret at the masked party and helps Leonato, Claudio and Don Pedro trick Benedick into falling in love with Beatrice. Must have a nice singing voice.
The beautiful young daughter of Leonato, a lovely, gentle and innocent girl who falls victim to the machinations of the evil Don John.
The quick-witted, verbally adept niece of Leonato and cousin of Hero. Although she is generous and good-hearted, she has a tendency to use her wit to mock and tease other people, and the target of her harshest mockery is Benedick.
One of Hero’s two ladies-in-waiting, a proper gentlewoman.
Hero’s other lady-in-waiting. Lower class and fond of breaking decorum with a bawdy joke or a tease, Margaret gets drawn into Don John’s evil scheme through her boyfriend Borachio.
Please prepare a short Shakespearian monologue. It should be in verse, and you should try and avoid the “famous” ones, like those we all know from Hamlet or Macbeth. (You don’t want us to compare you to Sir Laurence Olivier!!)