Below is a press release from the Brown Box Theatre Project:
BOSTON, MA — Brown Box Theatre Project, Boston’s premiere outdoor Shakespeare touring company, announces the cast for the company’s 10th Annual Shakespeare tour! Brown Box’s largest tour to date spans 3 regions across the US from Indiana to Massachusetts to Delmarva, featuring free outdoor performances of the comedy Much Ado About Nothing, and a series of “Page to Stage” library workshops exploring Shakespeare’s world and words. Under the direction of Executive Artistic Director and Co-Founder Kyler Taustin, Shakespeare’s beloved comedy of trickery, deceit, and masquerade comes alive in each location through the talents of a diverse, international cast of classically trained performers.
All Much Ado About Nothing performances are free, outdoors, and open to all audiences; no tickets are needed. The company’s expanded 10th Annual 2021 Summer Tour brings Shakespeare to stages and libraries across: Indiana (July 20-31- 8 outdoor performances and 6 workshops!); Massachusetts (August 6-29 – 13 outdoor performances and 4 workshops!), and Delmarva (September 1-26 – 18 outdoor performances and 4 workshops!). Social distancing through lawn seating, blankets and lawn chairs are welcome. Much Ado About Nothing will be fully staged in each location for one night only, featuring professional artists, designers, and actors. Please visit http://www.brownboxtheatre.org for full performance schedule and rain locations. All library workshops are free and open to the public; some are in-person and some are virtual.
Much Ado About Nothing will take place in Wilmington, on the Swain Green, on Thursday, August 12, 2021, from 7:30pm to 9pm. The performance was organized by the Wilmington Memorial Library and funded, in part, by a grant from the Wilmington Arts Council which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council. Bring your own lawn chair or blanket.
Since 2010 Brown Box Theatre Project has been committed to reinventing the way theatre is created and consumed, by transforming public spaces into vibrant cultural and tourist destinations. Brown Box has perfected the art of the tour; through unique partnerships with local and state organizations, Brown Box delivers outdoor programming and educational workshops that engage and inspire. Brown Box’s touring Shakespeare events include professionally designed sets, lighting, costumes and props, performed by skilled regional actors. Each program is built, performed, and packed away at each location!
INTRODUCING THE MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING CAST:
Debbie Aboaba (Hero): Originally from Staten Island, NY, Debbie is making her Brown Box debut after graduating from Boston College this past May, where she double majored in Communications and Theater. Previous stage credits include The Moors (Entropy Theater), The Three Musketeers (Front Porch Arts Collective), and Sweat (Boston College).
Margaret Clark (Beatrice): Margaret, originally from Toledo, OH, returns to Brown Box for her sixth show. Her previous credits include Taming of the Shrew, Hamlet, The Hotel Nepenthe, and Rosalind in As You Like It. Other local credits include Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, Romeo and Juliet (Huntington Theatre), Henry V (Actor’s Shakespeare Project), and The Three Musketeers (GBSC/Front Porch). Margaret is also a fight choreographer. She has done violence and intimacy for numerous professional productions throughout the greater Boston area, including Brown Box’s Measure for Measure and Off the Grid’s Our Dear Dead Drug Lord. Margaret is a graduate of Emerson College.
Drew Cleveland (Don John): Drew returns for his third Brown Box production, after having played Orlando in As You Like It (2018) and Claudio in Measure for Measure (2019). Originally from Brewer, ME, Drew became a professional Boston-based actor and historical interpreter after graduating from Gordon College with a degree in theatre arts in 2017. Credits include Owen in Translations and Salieri in Amadeus. Aside from acting, Drew can also be found writing plays and poetry.
Abuzar Farrukh (Borachio): Abuzar is an actor, born and raised in Lahore, Pakistan. Now a resident of Chicopee, MA, Abuzar is making his Brown Box debut. Credits include UMass Amherst’s main stage productions of The Misanthrope, The Happiest Song Plays Last, Runaways, Snowflakes and The Lily’s Revenge. Other credits: Disgraced (Chester Theatre Company), Honor Killing (WAM Theatre), Refugee (Joakim Interfest), A Second Birth (Moxie Arts), and Mitigating Damages (Castillo Theatre). He holds a BA in Theatre from University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where he was the recipient of the Ed Golden Acting Award.
Christopher Ho (Claudio): Christopher makes his Brown Box debut this summer. Originally from Seaford, NY, he is a recent graduate of Hofstra University where he obtained his BFA in Theatre Performance with a minor in Musical Theatre. Prior credits include Troilus And Cressida (Patroclus), Beckett at Greystones Bay (Sam), Richard III, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Into the
Emma McGill (Margaret): Originally from Brooklyn, NY, Emma is excited to be in her first production with Brown Box Theater Project. Regional Credits include Kiss (Translator, ArtsEmerson). Television credits include: BlackBox (ABC), The Equalizer (CBS) and Damages (FX.) Web Credits include: Mr. Student Body President (New Form Digital Media.) Williamstown Theater Festival Acting Apprentice 2018. BFA in Acting from Emerson College.
Spencer Parli Tew (Don Pedro, Scenic Supervisor): Originally from Indianapolis, IN, Spencer returns for his sixth production with Brown Box, having worn a number of hats for the company in technical, administrative and artistic capacities. Brown Box credits include Angelo in Measure for Measure, Duke Senior in As You Like It, King Hamlet’s Ghost in Hamlet and Henry Harry in Brilliant Traces. Originally from Indiana, Spencer moved to Boston to obtain his BFA in Theatre Arts from Boston University.
Bree Perry (Dogberry) Actor and Playwright Bree Perry is originally from Springfield, VA, and is a recent Theatre Arts graduate from Boston University. Previous credits include Sometime When Everything Has Changed (Boston University), Gooney Bird Greene and Her Real Life Adventures (Wheelock Family Theatre), and The Poets (InMotion Theatre).
Chelsea Titchenell (Leonata) Originally from South Kingstown, RI, Chelsea is a recent graduate of Salem State University. Credits include: Uncommon Women and Others (Salem State University), Enter Laughing (Salem State University), Rocky Horror Show (Community College of Rhode Island), Tigers Be Still (Community College of Rhode Island), Advance Man: Part One of the Honeycomb Series (Student Theater Ensemble), The Haberdasher (Community College of Rhode Island), Kill the Virgin (Counter Productions Theater Company). She also works as a performer with Deana’s Educational Theater and as the Operations Manager for Fresh Ink Theatre.
Cam Torres (Benedick): Cam, a resident of Fall River, MA, returns for his sixth production with Brown Box; credits include Cymbeline, Hamlet, The Hotel Nepenthe, The Broadway Jukebox: Revolution and Don’t Feed the Bear, which he wrote. Other select credits include: Dancing Lessons, Crimes of The Heart (2nd Story Theatre), The Full Monty, Jerusalem (Cape Rep Theater), and James Franco and Me (Epic Theatre). Cam is a graduate of Emerson College.
About Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing:
“Some Cupid kills with arrows, some with traps.” Upon their return from war, a group of soldiers are reminded that life and love are not so black and white. Trickery, jealousy, deceit, and masquerade each play a role in challenging Benedict and Beatrice’s scorn for love (and each other) as well as the seemingly unassailable love of Claudio and Hero. Through witty banter and dastardly deception, Shakespeare’s beloved comedy, Much Ado About Nothing debates the preconceived notion of how to love and the value of trust.
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