Earlier this year, award-winning director Kenny Leon brought a fresh perspective to one of Shakespeare’s most popular plays, “Much Ado About Nothing” in New York. Now that production is headed to Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB), but not before making a stop in South Fulton.
GPB is partnering with True Colors Theatre and the Southwest Arts Center for a free preview screening of this bold interpretation of Shakespeare’s comedic masterpiece. Set for November 18, the event has already sold out.
The star-studded production features Danielle Brooks (“Orange is the New Black,” Broadway’s “The Color Purple”) and Grantham Coleman (“Buzzer,” “The Americans”) as the sparring lovers Beatrice and Benedick. Tony Award winner Kenny Leon (“American Son,” “A Raisin in the Sun”) directs with choreography by Tony Award nominee Camille A. Brown (“Choir Boy”).
Set in contemporary Georgia with an election race underway, “Great Performances: Much Ado About Nothing” finds the community of Messina celebrating a break from an ongoing war, but not all is peaceful amid the merriment. Former rivals battle it out, revenge is sought and trickery runs amok in this timeless comedy of romantic retribution and miscommunication. Earning a New York Times Critic’s Pick, the play was recorded during its final weekend of Free Shakespeare in the Park performances, June 22-23, 2019.
“Great Performances: Much Ado About Nothing” is a production of THIRTEEN Productions LLC for WNET in association with The Public Theater. “Great Performances: Much Ado About Nothing” will premiere on Georgia Public Broadcasting Saturday, November 23 at 10:00 p.m. and Sunday, November 24 at 3:00 p.m.