Play Preview: Much Ado About Nothing


Young-Seo Youn

Justin Sczesny (Benedick) and Anna Grahlherr (Beatrice) are performing a scene on stage.

Folly. Hate. Love. Intrigue. Deception. Betrayal. Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing” encompasses so much of what it means to be a human while entertaining its audience.

To commemorate the 400th Anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death, Eureka Theatre Company is putting on the play, March 3-5.

“Much Ado About Nothing” is a romantic comedy about two people who hate each other but end up falling in love.

The main character Hero (Iraj Waheed) and her fiance Claudio (Ian Rust) team-up with Claudio’s commanding officer Don Pedro (Sam Wingbermuehle) to make a match between two people who despise each other: Beatrice (Anna Grahlherr) and Benedick (Justin Sczesny).

While they are creating a scheme to get Beatrice and Benedick to fall in love, Don Pedro’s bastard brother Don John (Joe Salter) creates plans to ruin the wedding.

The complexity of Shakespeare’s work has challenged production companies for centuries, and etc.. is no exception.

“I’ve never done Shakespeare before so it’s a lot different. I’m excited because Shakespeare has so many connotations: the text has so many underlying meanings to it,” Wingbermuehle said. “The storyline is one of my favorites.”

“Much Ado About Nothing” is a much different experience for etc… members.

“The past few plays we’ve done were serious,” Hanna Myers, tech director said. “This is the first comedic play we’ve done since I’ve been here, so I’m excited to see that.”

This production with a cast of over 30 will contrast sharply with last year’s spring performance: “The Glass Menagerie.”

“The last play I did was ‘The Glass Menagerie’ which only had four people in it, “ Sczesny said. “In this play, there is obviously more people, and everyone is really nice and into their character. It is a lot of fun.”

Another unique aspect is the setting and time period. This adaption is more contemporary.

“I really love our set design. It looks like a victorian period with ivy over bricks and stuff like that,” Wingbermuehle said. “It’s modern, it’s not set back in the 1600’s.”

Tickets for the play went on sale, Feb. 24, but can be purchased online and during lunch for $8 or at the door for $10. The show will be held in the Large Theater at 7 p.m., Thursday, March 3 through Saturday, March 5.