Playing a Dual Role in MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING

I've been performing in a touring production of Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing and it's been a wonderful experience. Above is a photo of the cast, shot by the talented Tim Lamorte, inspired by a painting by Robert Alexander Hillingford of a scene from the play. (Prints available at www.timlamorte.com, all proceeds benefit Red Monkey Theater Group, minus shipping.)  That's me in the corner...("that's me in the spotlight, losing my religion..." Sorry, couldn't resist.)

Watch out, Don John's handcuffs are off. Never trust a bastard!
All the performances are free except for a few fundraisers. We've already done shows at the Cahill Theater in Riverdale, the historic St. Paul's Church in Mount Vernon, Mahwah Public Library in New Jersey, and Harrison Public Library. Upcoming gigs include Harrison Public Library, Irvington Public Library, John C. Hart Memorial Public Library in Shrub Oak, Eastchester Public Library, Huntington Free Library and Reading Room, Nyack Library, Croton Free Library, Msgr. Scanlon High School, Mt. Kisco Public Library, and the Camille Budarz Theater at Ossining Public Library. That's a lot of places! Hope you can catch one of them.

Don John is "gonna make him an offer he can't refuse."
What's interesting for me is the chance to play two roles -- the evil Don John and the bafoonish Dogberry. It was a bit intimidating at first since the characters are so different , but I've had a ton of fun playing them both.
"The lady is disloyal!" Lies and fabrications!
John the Bastard is a failed fascist who wants to make those around him suffer for hate's sake.

"If I were as tedious as a king..."

Dogberry is a clown who proves that a little knowledge is a dangerous thing.

Long live, Dogberry! "The prettiest piece of flesh in all Messina!"
Yet, Dogberry ends up being the true hero of the play, thank you very much, unraveling the villains' plot, bringing at least one of them to justice as the wicked Don John flees (only to be apprehended off-stage in the end), and saving the day.

The touring show runs until mid-April.




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