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Loyola University New Orleans Montage Fine and Performing Arts Series Presents Much Ado About Nothing

Loyola press release - April 6, 2016

Loyola’s ongoing celebration of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death brings education and enjoyment throughout April

Loyola University New Orleans’ ongoing celebration of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death continues this week with a grand performance of Much Ado About Nothing – and continues all month with further opportunities for education and enjoyment.

The play runs at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday April 7-9, 2016, at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 10, and at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, April 14-16 at Marquette Theatre, located on the second floor of Marquette Hall on Loyola’s main campus, 6363 St. Charles Ave. The event is part of Loyola’s acclaimed Montage Fine and Performing Arts Series.

Tickets are $12 general admission and $8 admission for seniors and Loyola students, faculty and staff. Free parking is available in the West Road parking garage, located on West Road and accessible from St. Charles Ave. Visit montage.loyno.edu or call 504-865-2074 for more information.

“I do love nothing in the world so well as you—is not that strange?”

These words, uttered by Benedick in Act IV, Scene I of Much Ado About Nothing, do more than any plot synopsis to explain the themes and meditations of one of the great bard’s most celebrated plays.

In Loyola University New Orleans’ production, directed by directed by new Department Chair and Associate Professor of Theatre Arts and Dance Laura Hope, Ph.D., the stage is set for merry conflict as those who jest at love are caught in a conspiracy to make them truly fall in love. Meanwhile, a sinister plot brews to unmake the nuptials of the lovers, setting in motion a series of events that challenges loyalties, tests character, and examines the fickleness of life and love.

The play continues Loyola’s Shakespearean extravaganza, which started with Loyola Opera’s performance of Charles Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette. The series, “And a Bow to the Bard,” celebrates the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare and the arrival in New Orleans of Shakespeare's renowned First Folio—the first traveling exhibition of William Shakespeare’s plays, collated and published.

The series, led by Loyola’s Theatre and Dance Departments, will continue with:

Biever Guest Lecture: “William and Wilson/Shakespeare and August: The Grounds on Which I Stand.”

Wednesday, April 13, 7 p.m., Marquette Theatre, Loyola
Aldo Billingslea, associate provost for diversity and inclusion at Santa Clara University, will give a talk entitled “William and Wilson/Shakespeare and August: The Grounds on Which I Stand.” Billingslea’s professional research is centered around Shakespeare and diversity. He is a professional actor and a Professor of Theatre at Santa Clara University. The event is free and open to the public. A reception will follow the event.

Serenade to Music: Songs Near and Far

Sunday, April 17, 3 p.m. Louis J. Roussel Performance Hall, Communications and Music Complex, Loyola

In a two-hour concert, the Loyola choirs perform choral music with texts from Shakespeare.

The Play’s the Thing: Scenes Program Tribute to Shakespeare

Thursday, April 21, 7:30 p.m., Nunemaker Auditorium, Monroe Hall, Loyola

Two of Loyola’s College of Music and Fine Arts’ emeriti faculty, theatre’s Don Brady and the School of Music’s David Morelock, join forces for a joint production of The Play’s The Thing. This tribute to Shakespeare will feature the Loyola Opera singers and members of the Loyola Department of Theatre Arts and Dance in the annual scenes program which will feature readings from several of Shakespeare’s famous plays, as well as a wide variety of operatic and Broadway staged adaptations of those works. Tickets are $10 general admission, $5 admission for seniors and Loyola students, faculty and staff.