BOSTON — The Brown Box Theatre Project, Boston’s premiere outdoor Shakespeare touring company, will be back on Delmarva with free productions of the play Much Ado About Nothing following a year break due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Much Ado About Nothing, and a series of “Page to Stage” library workshops exploring Shakespeare’s world and words are scheduled in and around Somerset County.
Performance dates include Friday, Sept. 3 at Sturgis Park in Snow Hill; Sunday, Sept. 5 at Robert Reed Waterfront Park in Chincoteague; Friday, Sept. 17 at Manokin River Park in Princess Anne; Sept. 19 at Pohanka Riverwalk Amphitheater in Salisbury; and Thursday, Sept. 23 behind the J. Millard Tawes Museum in Crisfield. All shows start at 7:30 p.m., visit http://www.brownboxtheatre.org for the full performance schedule, scheduling changes, and rain locations.
An in-person workshop which is new to the local schedule is 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 14 at the Princess Anne Library. Workshops are led by teaching artist, Surrey Houlker. This is also free and open to the public, visit somelibrary.org for more details and registration.
The play follows a group of soldiers as they return from war, as each is reminded that life and love are not so black and white. Trickery, jealousy and deceit play a role in challenging Benedict and Beatrice’s scorn for love (and each other) as well as the seemingly unassailable love of Claudio and Hero.
Through witty banter and dastardly deception, Shakespeare’s beloved comedy, Much Ado About Nothing debates the preconceived notion of how to love and the value of trust.
This is the 10th annual Shakespeare tour and the largest ever for the Brown Box Theatre Project. It is under the direction of Executive Artistic Director and Co-Founder Kyler Taustin, who grew up on the Lower Eastern Shore, attended The Salisbury School.
In the eighth grade appeared in a performance of The Hobbit.
He continued his love of theater in high school at the Proctor Academy in Andover, N.H., where he convinced school officials to allow him to substitute acting in a musical instead of participating in sports as was required of students. He graduated from there in 2005 and co-founded the Brown Box Theater Project four years later.
Cast members include:
Debbie Aboaba (Hero): Originally from Staten Island, NY, Debbie is making her Brown Box debut after graduating from Boston College this past May, where she double majored in Communications and Theater. Previous stage credits include The Moors (Entropy Theater), The Three Musketeers (Front Porch Arts Collective), and Sweat (Boston College).
Margaret Clark (Beatrice): Margaret, originally from Toledo, OH, returns to Brown Box for her sixth show. Her previous credits include Taming of the Shrew, Hamlet, The Hotel Nepenthe, and Rosalind in As You Like It. Other local credits include Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, Romeo and Juliet (Huntington Theatre), Henry V (Actor’s Shakespeare Project), and The Three Musketeers (GBSC/Front Porch). Margaret is also a fight choreographer. She has done violence and intimacy for numerous professional productions throughout the greater Boston area, including Brown Box’s Measure for Measure and Off the Grid’s Our Dear Dead Drug Lord. Margaret is a graduate of Emerson College.
Drew Cleveland (Don John): Drew returns for his third Brown Box production, after having played Orlando in As You Like It (2018) and Claudio in Measure for Measure (2019). Originally from Brewer, ME, Drew became a professional Boston-based actor and historical interpreter after graduating from Gordon College with a degree in theatre arts in 2017. Credits include Owen in Translations and Salieri in Amadeus. Aside from acting, Drew can also be found writing plays and poetry.
Abuzar Farrukh (Borachio): Abuzar is an actor, born and raised in Lahore, Pakistan. Now a resident of Chicopee, MA, Abuzar is making his Brown Box debut. Credits include UMass Amherst’s main stage productions of The Misanthrope, The Happiest Song Plays Last, Runaways, Snowflakes and The Lily’s Revenge. Other credits: Disgraced (Chester Theatre Company), Honor Killing (WAM Theatre), Refugee (Joakim Interfest), A Second Birth (Moxie Arts), and Mitigating Damages (Castillo Theatre). He holds a BA in Theatre from University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where he was the recipient of the Ed Golden Acting Award.
Christopher Ho (Claudio): Christopher makes his Brown Box debut this summer. Originally from Seaford, NY, he is a recent graduate of Hofstra University where he obtained his BFA in Theatre Performance with a minor in Musical Theatre. Prior credits include Troilus And Cressida (Patroclus), Beckett at Greystones Bay (Sam), Richard III, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Into the
Emma McGill (Margaret): Originally from Brooklyn, NY, Emma is excited to be in her first production with Brown Box Theater Project. Regional Credits include Kiss (Translator, ArtsEmerson). Television credits include: BlackBox (ABC), The Equalizer (CBS) and Damages (FX.) Web Credits include: Mr. Student Body President (New Form Digital Media.) Williamstown Theater Festival Acting Apprentice 2018. BFA in Acting from Emerson College.
Spencer Parli Tew (Don Pedro, Scenic Supervisor): Originally from Indianapolis, IN, Spencer returns for his sixth production with Brown Box, having worn a number of hats for the company in technical, administrative and artistic capacities. Brown Box credits include Angelo in Measure for Measure, Duke Senior in As You Like It, King Hamlet’s Ghost in Hamlet and Henry Harry in Brilliant Traces. Originally from Indiana, Spencer moved to Boston to obtain his BFA in Theatre Arts from Boston University.
Bree Perry (Dogberry) Actor and Playwright Bree Perry is originally from Springfield, VA, and is a recent Theatre Arts graduate from Boston University. Previous credits include Sometime When Everything Has Changed (Boston University), Gooney Bird Greene and Her Real Life Adventures (Wheelock Family Theatre), and The Poets (InMotion Theatre).
Chelsea Titchenell (Leonata) Originally from South Kingstown, RI, Chelsea is a recent graduate of Salem State University. Credits include: Uncommon Women and Others (Salem State University), Enter Laughing (Salem State University), Rocky Horror Show (Community College of Rhode Island), Tigers Be Still (Community College of Rhode Island), Advance Man: Part One of the Honeycomb Series (Student Theater Ensemble), The Haberdasher (Community College of Rhode Island), Kill the Virgin (Counter Productions Theater Company). She also works as a performer with Deana’s Educational Theater and as the Operations Manager for Fresh Ink Theatre.
Cam Torres (Benedick): Cam, a resident of Fall River, MA, returns for his sixth production with Brown Box; credits include Cymbeline, Hamlet, The Hotel Nepenthe, The Broadway Jukebox: Revolution and Don’t Feed the Bear, which he wrote. Other select credits include: Dancing Lessons, Crimes of The Heart (2nd Story Theatre), The Full Monty, Jerusalem (Cape Rep Theater), and James Franco and Me (Epic Theatre). Cam is a graduate of Emerson College.
Some of the major contributors to the productions on Delmarva are: Maryland State Arts Council, Worcester County Arts Council, Talbot County Arts Council, Cecil County Arts Council, Salisbury-Wicomico Arts Council, Paul M. Angell Family Foundation, Nora Roberts Foundation, Somerset County Arts Council, Waddell Foundation, and the Delaware Division of the Arts.