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[Past Event] Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing" | Ryan Ranch

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Course Description:

Set in the sun-drenched Sicilian town of Messina, "Much Ado About Nothing" fizzes with celebratory energy. Its rollicking humor centers on the feisty Beatrice and Benedick, whose battle to out-talk each other dominates the play—at least until they are tricked into falling in tongue-tied love, raising suspicions that their verbal jousting was all along a kind of repressed flirtation. Scholars point to Shakespeare’s penchant for throwaway play titles like this one, choosing names with a kind of cheeky, take-it-or-leave-it quality, teasing audiences not to take things, or their author, too seriously. Join us for a robust celebration of Shakespeare’s masterful romantic comedy.


Tuition: $40.00

Additional Fees: $0.00

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Thursdays, Aug. 31; Sept. 7, 14 *10:00 am - 12:30 pm* (3 sessions)


Course will be presented live at CSUMB Ryan Ranch (8 Upper Ragsdale Road, Monterey) and will NOT be recorded or available for viewing later.


Allston James taught English and Humanities at Monterey Peninsula College for 30 years and has led Shakespeare classes at OLLI since 2012. He was Runner-up for the Kenneth Branagh Award for New Drama in 2021. His plays have been performed in London, New York and around the country.