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April 9, 2009

Contact David Gardiner at 608-796-3790 or dmgardiner@viterbo.edu

VITERBO UNIVERSITY TO PRESENT SHAKESPEARE’S MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING APRIL 24–25, APRIL 30–MAY 3

LA CROSSE, Wis. – William Shakespeare’s comedic battle of the sexes, Much Ado About Nothing, will come to life on the La Croix Black Box Theatre stage Friday, April 24, Saturday, April 25, and Thursday, April 30–Sunday, May 3.

Audiences can expect to see an updated version of traditional Shakespeare, as  this Viterbo production will be set in Italy during the Roaring Twenties, a time of jazz and flappers, and when women have just received the right to vote. The play will be very funny, feature a wonderful set, and will include great music played and sung by Viterbo’s multi-talented performers, said director David Gardiner, theatre faculty.

“The play deals with gender issues, and like most of Shakespeare’s plays, is a mixture of the light-hearted and the dark,” Gardiner said. “It’s a romantic comedy, but it has some serious moments as well.”

At the heart of Much Ado About Nothing is the charming sparring between the witty Beatrice and the winning Benedick. It has been described as perhaps Shakespeare’s most perfect comedy.

“I invite audience members to come, have a good time, and not be wary of the ‘Shakespearean language,’” Gardiner said. “Our production is very musical and very approachable.”

Gardiner also recommends not waiting until the second weekend to see the play, as those performances sell out quickly.

Each performance will begin at 7:30 p.m., except the May 3 matinee, which will be held at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 for general admission seating. For more information, contact the box office at ext. 3100 or www.viterbo.edu/finearts1.aspx.

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