by William Shakespeare

Directed by Artist-in-Residence Benjamin T. Ismail
Starring Producing Artistic Director Stephanie Gularte as Beatrice

The Original Rom-Com: Shakespeare-Style

“…spontaneous romantic combustion…” -The Washington Post


The original Rom-Com couple, Beatrice and Benedick, face off in a hilarious battle of wits in this American Stage take on Shakespeare’s famous romantic comedy about the war between the sexes. As World War II is drawing to a close, one woman rails against the roles expected of women of her era while one man is just returning home from the war and in no hurry to be tied down. Who needs love? Full of live music and dance, and set against the backdrop of the Florida Keys’ bright sunshine, this exuberant, philosophical, and festive play reminds us that no one is immune when it comes to matters of the heart.


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Spotlight Series: PROLOGUE

30 minutes prior to every performance

Arrive early and enjoy our interactive prologue series. The discussion will explore fascinating details about the play and the artists prior to select performances. FREE to MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING ticket holders

Spotlight Series: BEHIND-THE-SCENES

Guest Speaker: TBA
Date: Sunday, October 29 at 1PM

The perfect primer! Take a peek behind the curtain before the opening of MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING with this informative and entertaining presentation about the play, the playwright, and the American Stage artists who bring it all to life. Professor Emerita Dedee Aleccia will provide relevant details about the history and central themes of the play, while members of the artistic team will give an insider’s perspective on their process.

Pricing: $10 for General Public.
Free for American Stage Subscribers and Act 1 Club Members


Date: Tuesday, November 28 at 7PM

Great theatre inspires contemplation and challenges our assumptions while inviting us to come together for conversation and a deeper connection. From social and political hot-button issues to ethical dilemmas, American Stage’s Community Conversations dig deeper into the intriguing and sometimes provocative topics explored by our mainstage productions. Join a panel of local experts as they guide us through a lively discussion, and answer questions about the relevancy of the subject matter explored in the play.

Pricing: $10 for General Public.
Free for American Stage Subscribers and Act 1 Club Members


Spotlight Series: CHATBACK

Thursdays & Sundays, After Select Performances
MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING Dates: Thursday, November 16, & Sunday, November 19 & 26, 2017

Stick around immediately following select performances to talk with the cast and other audience members while the experience of the play is fresh! Ask questions about the play, the characters, and the process, plus respond to the story and ideas aroused by the production. Free for ticket holders to the performance.