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Brown Box Theatre Project Announces 10th Annual Summer Shakespeare Tour: Much Ado About Nothing

August 28 EDT

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An event every week that begins at 7:30 pm on Sunday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until August 29, 2021

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Brown Box Theatre Project Announces International Cast for 10th Annual Summer Shakespeare Tour: Much Ado About Nothing

Presenting the Bard Under the Stars FREE with Safe Social Distancing – Now in 3 Regions Across the U.S!

Touring INDIANA (July 21-July 31); MASSACHUSETTS (August 6-29 – Two New Dates Added!) and DELMARVA (Sept. 2-26)

Brown Box Theatre Project, Boston’s premiere outdoor Shakespeare touring company, announces the cast for the company’s 10th Annual Shakespeare tour! Brown Box’s largest tour to date spans 3 regions across the US from Indiana to Massachusetts to Delmarva, featuring free outdoor performances of the comedy Much Ado About Nothing, and a series of “Page to Stage” library workshops exploring Shakespeare’s world and words. Under the direction of Executive Artistic Director and Co-Founder Kyler Taustin, Shakespeare’s beloved comedy of trickery, deceit, and masquerade comes alive in each location through the talents of a diverse, international cast of classically trained performers.

All Much Ado About Nothing performances are free, outdoors, and open to all audiences; no tickets are needed. The company’s expanded 10th Annual 2021 Summer Tour brings Shakespeare to stages and libraries across: Indiana (July 20-31- 8 outdoor performances and 6 workshops!); Massachusetts (Aug. 6-29 – 13 outdoor performances and 4 workshops!), and Delmarva (September 1-26 – 18 outdoor performances and 4 workshops!). Social distancing through lawn seating, blankets and lawn chairs are welcome. Much Ado About Nothing will be fully staged in each location for one night only, featuring professional artists, designers, and actors. Please visit www.brownboxtheatre.org for full performance schedule and rain locations. All library workshops are free and open to the public; some are in-person and some are virtual. Please see each library’s website for information and registration.

Since 2010 Brown Box Theatre Project has been committed to reinventing the way theatre is created and consumed, by transforming public spaces into vibrant cultural and tourist destinations. Brown Box has perfected the art of the tour; through unique partnerships with local and state organizations, Brown Box delivers outdoor programming and educational workshops that engage and inspire. Brown Box’s touring Shakespeare events include professionally designed sets, lighting, costumes and props, performed by skilled regional actors. Each program is built, performed, and packed away at each location!

INTRODUCING THE MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING CAST:

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 MisanthropeThe Happiest Song Plays LastRunaways, 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 wroteOther 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.

About Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing:

“Some Cupid kills with arrows, some with traps.” Upon their return from war, a group of soldiers are reminded that life and love are not so black and white. Trickery, jealousy, deceit, and masquerade each 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.

“Much Ado About Shakespeare: Stage to Page” Library Workshops:

Brown Box Theatre Project is thrilled to announce the addition of 14 “Much Ado About Shakespeare: Stage to Page” Library Workshops, presented FREE to the public during the company’s 2021 Summer Tour! Audiences of all ages are invited to join Brown Box Theatre Project in an engaging, exciting exploration of Shakespeare’s words and worlds, in partnership with libraries in each touring region. Starting with collaborative relationship-building exercises, we will look at Much Ado About Nothing through its post-conflict scope. What happens when communities, like those in the script, begin to embrace non-traditional ways of thinking? Committed to curating a safe, accessible space for varying skill levels and interests, the workshops

Touring Dates & Locations (Including NEW “Stage to Page” Library Workshops in all 3 Destinations!

MASSACHUSETTS: All performances and workshops are FREE and open to the public (No tickets required for performances; see each library’s website for workshop details and registration):

Aug. 6-8 | 7:30 pm – PERFORMANCE:  Christian Herter Park, 1175 Soldiers Field Rd, Allston, MA
Aug. 10 | 7:00 pm – NEW VIRTUAL WORKSHOP! Wilmington Memorial Library, 175 Middlesex Ave, Wilmington, MA
Aug. 12 | 7:30 pm – PERFORMANCE: NEW 2021 LOCATION!  Wilmington Memorial Library – Swain Green, Wilmington, MA
Aug. 13 | 7:30 pm – PERFORMANCE: NEW 2020 LOCATION!  Chelmsford Town Common, 4 North Road, Chelmsford, MA
Aug. 14 | 2:00 pm – NEW IN-PERSON WORKSHOP! Uxbridge Free Public Library, 15 N Main St., Uxbridge, MA
Aug. 14 | 7:30 pm – PERFORMANCE: NEW 2021 LOCATION! Blackstone Heritage State Park, 287 Oak Street, Uxbridge, MA
Aug. 18 | 7:30 pm – PERFORMANCE: Hyde Community Center, 90 Lincoln Street, Newton Highlands, MA
Aug. 19 | 7:30 pm – PERFORMANCE: JUST ADDED! Atlantic Wharf-Waterfront Plaza, 290 Congress Street, Boston, MA
Aug. 20 | 7:30 pm – PERFORMANCE: French River Park, Davis Street, Webster, MA
Aug. 21 | 7:30 pm – PERFORMANCE: Heritage State Park, Davol Street, Fall River, MA
Aug. 22 |7:30 pm – PERFORMANCE:  Pilgrim Memorial State Park, 79 Water Street Plymouth, MA
Aug. 26 | 1:00 pmNEW IN-PERSON WORKSHOP! Ames Free Library, 53 Main St., North Easton, MA
Aug. 26 | 7:30 pm – PERFORMANCE: Borderland State Park, 259 Massapoaq Ave, North Easton, MA
Aug. 27 | 7:30 pm – PERFORMANCE: Christian Herter Park, 1175 Soldiers Field Rd, Allston, MA
Aug. 28 | 1:30 pm – NEW IN-PERSON WORKSHOP! Sargent Memorial Library, 427 Massachusetts Ave, Boxborough, MA
Aug. 28 | 7:30 pm – PERFORMANCE: NEW 2021 LOCATION! Sargent Memorial Library, 427 Mass Ave., Boxborough, MA
Aug. 29 | 7:30 pm – PERFORMANCE: JUST ADDED! Atlantic Wharf-Waterfront Plaza, 290 Congress Street, Boston, MA

Tickets and Partnership Opportunities:

All 2021 Much Ado About Nothing performances are free, outdoors and open to all audiences; no tickets are needed. Social distancing through lawn seating, blankets and lawn chairs are welcome. Please visit www.brownboxtheatre.org for full performance schedule and rain locations. All library workshops are free and open to the public – some are in-person, some will be held virtually; please see each library’s website for information and registration.

Funding for Brown Box Theater Project’s 10th Shakespeare tour is provided in part by organizations dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive including:

MASSACHUSETTS:  Wilmington Cultural Council, Plymouth Visitor’s Services Board, Fall River Cultural Council, Easton Cultural Council, Webster Cultural Council, Somerset Cultural Council, Chelmsford Cultural Council, Acton-Boxborough Cultural Council, Uxbridge Cultural Council, the Fort Point Watersheet Activation Board, Paul M. Angell Family Foundation, and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

Invite Brown Box Theatre Project to activate an outdoor venue in your community! See brownboxtheatre.org, and call 443.808.1215, or email contact@brownboxtheatre.org

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