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By William Shakespeare

Directed by Sean Christopher Lewis

Lower City Park, June 15-24

Set in the backlots of MGM Studios right after World War II, love and frivolity are in the air when Don Pedro’s army, drunk with victory, descends upon Leonato’s country estate in Messina. Traveling with him is Claudio, who wants to marry Leonato’s daughter Hero. Meanwhile, Claudio’s friend Benedick and Leonato’s lively niece, Beatrice (think Liz Taylor and Richard Burton) hide their mutual attraction behind a volley of witty insults. But their world is shattered when Claudio, influenced by a scheming malcontent, levels a shocking accusation at Hero. A linguistically challenged security guard and his sidekicks uncover the plot, casting a beam of hopefulness in this tempestuous landscape of love.

Thanks to sponsors who supported our 2018 Summer Season!

Dates & Times:

Friday, June 15 at 7:30pm

Hosted by

Jennifer and Jon Whitmore

Saturday, June 16 at 7:30pm

Hosted by

Sunday, June 17 at 7:30pm

Hosted by

Thursday, June 21 at 7:30pm

Hosted by

Natasha Wendt, Kevin Hanick, Lou Kessler,

Karen Peterson, Robin Sueppel, Tricia Van Roekel

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Friday, June 22 at 7:30pm

Hosted by

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Saturday, June 23 at 7:30

Hosted by


Sunday, June 24 at 7:30pm

Hosted by

Miriam Gilbert






Cast & Crew

Beatrice: Kristy Hartsgrove Mooers

Benedick: Patrick DuLaney

Don Pedro: Tim Budd

Dogberry: Barrington Vaxter

Don John: Aaron Weiner

Claudio: Zach Twardowski

Hero: Jessica Link

Leonato: Jim Kern

Margaret: Catie Councell

Borachio: Rob Merritt

Seacole/Ursula: Genevieve Wisdom

Ensemble: Hannah Spina, Andrew Carlile

Director: Sean Christopher Lewis

Choreographer/Assistant Director: Patrick DuLaney

Technical Director, Scenic & Lightning Designer: S. Benjamin Farrar

Assistant Tech Director: Merric Bower

Costume Designer: Jill Van Brussel

Composer: Chris Okiishi

Stage Manager: Melissa Turner

Assistant Stage Manager: Adam Koob

Board Operator: Franklyn Thomas

Production Assistants: Sarahann Kolder, Ray Vanek

Special thanks to: Danny Dwaine Wells


All performances of Much Ado About Nothing are at Iowa City's Lower City Park.

The Dubuque Street bridge may be closed, but there are other ways to come to the Festival Stage - Park Road and Riverside Drive will show you the way.

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