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Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing

July 28, 2018, 7 pm9 pm.


Northeast Stage proudly presents the 2018 annual Shakespeare in the Park production, Much Ado About Nothing.

Directed by James Pritchard, MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING is being performed AT 7 PM in 4 different outdoor locations for FREE.


Opening night is Saturday, July 28th at Polonaise Park Pavilion in Riverhead’s Polish Town.

Thursday – Saturday, August 2, 3, 4 in Mitchell Park, Greenport (Rain location Greenport High School)

Sunday, August 5 in Shorefront Park, Patchogue


Monday, August 6 in Good Ground Park, Hampton Bays.

AGAIN ALL performances begin at 7 pm with no intermission. REMEMBER to Bring a chair or blanket, a picnic or other treats, and of course, all your family and friends, young and old alike.


**Northeast Stage is thrilled to announce they will provide ASL Interpreters for the hearing impaired at 2 performances:

Saturday, August 4 in Greenport and Monday, August 6 in Hampton Bays. 

Cast includes:

Danielle Allen, Bob Ezzard, Abigail Field, Desiree Garcia, Rich Gardini, Dan Horton, Amy Ippolito, Emmie Karam, Howard Levine, Gregory Messinger, Marlon Quijije, Suzette Delia Reiss, Sylvia Roldan, Deborah Rothaug, Joe Sherar, Amie Sponza, John Tramontana, Kristin Whiting and Scout Whiting.

Produced by Amie Sponza, Costumes by Joan Chambers, Music by Dee Laveglia, Publicity by Sarah Storjohann.


Plot Summary

Shakespeare fan favorite, Much Ado About Nothing, could have been written today with its rich comedic flair about love, misunderstandings, and deception. Filled with laughs, twists and weddings – who doesn’t love a wedding or two?


Just out of the war trenches, Benedick, Claudio and the Prince-Don Pedro arrive at Leonato’s house in Messina, where Beatrice (Leonato’s niece) and Benedick engage in a merry war of wits while soldier Claudio falls in love with Leonato’s daughter, Hero.


In classic Shakespeare fun, Don John, who is Don Pedro’s evil half-brother, tricks Claudio into believing that he has seen his betrothed, Hero, being unfaithful.

Meanwhile, Don Pedro and others plot to bring Benedick and Beatrice together. Claudio accuses Hero of infidelity and refuses to marry her. Leonato is persuaded to pretend that she is dead.

Hero’s innocence is proven and Claudio repents. (WARNING: SPOILER AHEAD) Count Claudio agrees to accept Antonio’s daughter as his bride and, lo and behold, she is his beloved Hero after all! The ploy to make Benedick and Beatrice fall in love succeeds and he proposes to her at the end of the play.


Public funding provided by Suffolk County Dept. of Economic Development and Planning.

Sponsors include Bridgehampton National Bank, Greenport Business Improvement District, Friends of Mitchell Park, Mattituck Environmental Services, Patchogue Arts Council, Riverhead Business Improvement District, and Surrey Lane Vineyard, Orchard, Farm.


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