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Much Ado About Nothing

Much Ado About Nothing

By: William Shakespeare

The Romantic Comedy that started it all. Beatrice is a fast-talking spinster with no time for men. Benedick is the wisecracking marriage-hater crashing at her uncle’s house with a bunch of rowdy soldiers. But when Benedick’s best friend falls in love with Beatrice’s cousin, their friends and family hatch a plot to reveal the truth: that Benedick and Beatrice are actually head-over-heels in love. Can these two long-bickering cynics set aside their pride long enough to admit what everyone else can see?  Brilliantly blending romance and humor, Much Ado About Nothing is Shakespearean comedy at its finest.

Venue: Holy Trinity Episcopal Church
Holy Trinity Episcopal Church is located at 1601 Raeford Road in Fayetteville, near the historic Haymount district. Parking is available on the east and west side of the building. No outside food and drink are permitted unless otherwise noted.

**This is an outdoor performance and you should bring your own seating or choose from our limited rental chair and quilt seating options.**

Dates: April 29-May 2, May 6-9 at 7:30 p.m.

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General Admission: $20 ADVANCE | $25 AT THE DOOR
Seniors/Military: $18 ADVANCE | $25 AT THE DOOR
Students: $10 ADVANCE | $25 AT THE DOOR

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Director: Jeremy Fiebig

Knight of the Burning Pestle | Zoom Production

Show name: The Knight of the Burning Pestle.
 
Show date/time: Saturday, February 13th at 7:30 p.m. EST.
 
Performance medium: Live Zoom performance.
 
Adapted and directed by: Amanda M. Rogus
 
Ticket price: Pay what you will starting at $10.
 
Summary of the play/description: The Knight of the Burning Pestle Written by Francis Beaumont and Adapted for Zoom by Amanda M. Rogus will be performed over the Zoom platform at 7:30 PM on February 13th (there is no intermission).
 
The Knight of the Burning Pestle is a play for theatre people as articulated by theatre people. This whimsical play follows a theatre company’s journey as they attempt to perform their play, The London Merchant. Moments after the show begins, a couple in the audience–George and Nell–begin with one of numerous interjections as they rewrite the story to be performed tracking the Knight of the Burning Pestle starring their own son, Rafe. As the play continues, this meta-theatrical wonderment evolves into a spin on the knight’s tale and love triangle with an adventure plot guiding the way. This show culminates with an ending that is complete in its incompleteness. To embark on this quest, join Sweet Tea Shakespeare on February 13th over Zoom at 7:30 PM.

The Knight’s Tale | Streaming Production | William Shakespeare & John Fletcher

Knight’s Tale: Shakespeare’s The Two Noble Kinsmen

by William Shakespeare & John Fletcher

Inspired by Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales, this story follows the tale of two knights captured by Theseus, Duke of Athens, and their love for an inspiring woman of the court, Emilia. Trouble stirs when the daughter of their jailer falls in love with one of them and sets in motion a series of events that rocks the life of everyone involved. Both celebratory and serious, Knight’s Tale is a beautiful, visually inspiring, and sensory play. Part of the 2020 Shakespeare Comic Universe with Midsummer, characters from both plays will be performed by the same actors, and the June run will include special double features with both plays, a picnic, and our famous Sweet Tea party in between. A spicy blend of love and war, with a complex finish. 

Production Format: Streaming video

Release Date: December 14 2020 through January 4, 2021

Venue: Streaming on demand. Stir up tickets here.

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Director: Jeremy Fiebig

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

by William Shakespeare

Dates: 10-13, and 17-20 at 7:30p.m.

Venue: Holy Trinity Episcopal Church | 1601 Raeford Road | Fayetteville, NC

General Admission: $20 ADVANCE | $25 AT THE DOOR

Seniors/Military: $18 ADVANCE | $25 AT THE DOOR

Students: $10 ADVANCE | $25 AT THE DOOR

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Director: Traycie Kuhn-Zapata

For our outdoor performances, you should bring your own seating or choose from our limited rental chair and quilt seating options. Should we move indoors in case of rain, we provide basic folding chair seating, along with an optional rental seat cushion, subject to availability.

The Alchemist | Zoom Production | Ben Jonson

The Alchemist

by Ben Jonson

Samuel Coleridge believed that the three best plots in literature were Oedipus Rex, Henry Fielding’s Tom Jones, and Ben Jonson’s early modern play, The Alchemist. Set amidst a time of plague, three swindling rogues, Face, Subtle, and Doll Common, set up shop in the house of their master, who has fled from London to the country to escape the pandemic. As the cons and dupes pile up, the three try to maintain their ruses with a series of disguises, tricks, and double-crosses. Full of extravagant language, farcical action, and comic hijinks, The Alchemist was performed by The King’s Men in Shakespeare’s time, and has had many successful revivals with its combination of sharp wit and unrelenting momentum.e.

Content warning: suggestive language

Venue: Zoom performance on Saturday, January 23rd (7:30pm EDT). Stir up tickets here. Pay what you will, starting at $10.

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Director: Bob Jones

Bob Jones is a Ph.D. candidate in English at the University of Texas, and holds an MFA in Shakespeare and Performance from Mary Baldwin University. He has worked for the American Shakespeare Center and has directed plays for Richmond Shakespeare and Pigeon Creek Shakespeare, as well as acting for numerous companies in Virginia and Texas. He has also taught courses in Theater and English at James Madison University and at UT, and has served as the assistant director of the Shakespeare at Winedale program in Texas. Currently his research is focused on the original practices movement in the Shakespearean theater.

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The Woman’s Prize | Zoom Production | John Fletcher

The Woman’s Prize

by John Fletcher

 

Written early in the 17th century, John Fletcher’s The Woman’s Prize; or, the Tamer Tamed presents a continuation of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew. Finding himself a widower, wife-tamer Petruchio marries the “sweet soul” Maria. Well aware of Petruchio’s reputation, Maria, her sister Livia, and their cousin Bianca set out to tame him. Comedy, celibacy, and emptied-chamber pots ensue. Will the women be foiled? Will the men be tamed? Can they all learn “to love mutually”?

 

Content warning: Bawdy, suggestive language and themes

Venue: Zoom performance on Saturday, February 20th (7:30pm EDT). Stir up tickets here. Pay what you will, starting at $10.

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Director: Dr. Amanda Hughes

Mandy L. Hughes is a PhD Candidate in English Literature at the University of North Texas, where she spends most of her time thinking about old plays and how they find their ways to audiences now. An Alabama native, she earned a BBA in Management and a BS in Communications & Theatre at the University of North Alabama as well as an MA in English from the University of Alabama Huntsville. Mandy was the founder and artistic director of Rocket City Shakespeare, producers of “full-body contact” Shakespeare.

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