• Shakespeare Reimagined

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  • Commonwealth Shakespeare Company presents "Much Ado About Nothing" directed by Megan Sandberg-Zakian, July 20 - August 7, Boston Common

    Much Ado About Nothing

    We are thrilled to announce that our summer 2022 production of Free Shakespeare on the Common will be Much Ado About Nothing, directed by Megan Sandberg-Zakian!

    Much Ado About Nothing is one of Shakespeare’s most popular and frequently performed plays. The plot revolves around two couples — witty Beatrice and Benedick, who publicly proclaim their disdain for each other but fall madly in love; and naïve Hero and Claudio, who fall quickly in love only to be thwarted and then reunited (in both cases, with a bit of help from their friends). But it’s more than just a comedic romp. The play tackles serious themes too: trust and betrayal, power and privilege, gendered expectations around chastity and violence. This is a comedy entangled with a tragedy, where love and justice nevertheless manage to prevail with vigorous joy — a perfect play for our uncertain times.

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  • 2021 Year in Review

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PlayOn@CSC comprises two series of programs that feature actor performances, live conversations, film screenings, and much more, giving you a unique behind-the-scenes look at how productions are put together, how actors bring their characters to life, and how filmmakers have used Shakespeare’s stories as a springboard to realize their own visions. We hope you’ll join us!

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