Livermore Shakes 2014

LSF2014_MuchAdoDirected by Lisa Tromovitch

June 19, 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, 29 & July 3, 5, and 6

All performances begin at 7:30 pm.

Picnic area opens at 5:30 pm.

“Thou and I are too wise to woo peaceably.” (V.ii)

For feisty Beatrice and Benedick, love is a game of wits, a “merry war” of verbal sparring and one-upmanship. For Hero and Claudio, it is conventional romance, leaving them love-struck and tongue-tied. These opposite love stories play out against a comic background of scoundrels and clowns – when villainy threatens, it is the bumbling Dogberry who saves the day. Much Ado About Nothing, full of love and laughter, will both delight and entertain you.

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LSF2014_PrideDirected by Virginia Reed

July 10, 11, 12, 13, and 18, 19, 20

All performances begin at 7:30 pm.

Picnic area opens at 5:30 pm.

“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.”

One of the most famous opening lines in literary history, this line also acknowledges the truth, universal in Regency England, that a woman without means had to marry or face a life of poverty and insignificance. Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice introduces us to the Bennet family, five daughters in want of husbands, their witty but disengaged father, and their mother, obsessed with marrying off her daughters. When a rich young man and his even richer friend arrive in the neighborhood, and a company of militia is stationed in the nearby town, possibilities for love and marriage seem limitless. Comically skewering the class-consciousness of her world, Austen creates a combination of social satire and romantic comedy, highlighted by the tempestuous relationship between lively Elizabeth Bennet and prideful Mr. Darcy. Their story, perhaps influenced by Much Ado About Nothing, is one of the most cherished love stories in English literature.

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