Much Ado About Nothing - New Swan Shakespeare Festival

Much Ado About Nothing

New Swan Shakespeare Festival

July 11 - August 30, 2015
Beth Lopes, Director

WWII has ended, bringing home the victors and the vanquished, but for Beatrice and Benedick, the merry war of words has just begun.

Beth Lopes, Director
Beth Lopes is a Los Angeles-based theater director and teacher. She received a BFA in Drama from New York University and an MFA in Directing from UC Irvine. Beth is particularly drawn to ensemble driven pieces with heightened text and a sense of the fantastical. She is a highly collaborative director who believes in the connective power of theater and its ability to alter our individual and collective futures. Some of her recent projects include The Hamlet Project with Loose Canon Collective and the development of the new rock musical, The Merry Lives of Windsor High, with Los Angeles company mediaV. Upcoming, she’s directing The Winter’s Tale for San Antonio Shakespeare in the Park and is thrilled to return to the Swan with Much Ado About Nothing. Beth is a founding company member of New Swan Shakespeare Festival, having directed The Comedy of Errors, 2012 and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, 2013.

Stephanie Newman as Beatrice
Stephanie Newman received her MFA from UC Irvine in 2009, and is currently the Director of Theatre Arts at UCC in Oregon, where she teaches, directs, designs, paints and constructs. Regional Acting Highlights: (as Stephanie Philo)- Pacific Conservatory Theatre (PCPA)– Sylvia, Sylvia; Masha, The Three Sisters; Lydia Languish, The Rivals; Julia, Two Gentlemen of Verona; Pamela et al, The 39 Steps. CO Springs Fine Arts Center– Catherine, In the Next Room. Chance Theater- Amy, Tape; Meg, Little Women. Transversal Theatre: Elvira, Lumping in Fargo (tour of Poland). SRT- Susan, Woman in Mind; Mrs. Potts, Beauty & the Beast; Mother Superior, Agnes of God. University Highlights: Titus, Titus; Agave, The Bacchae; Yvonne, Sunday in the Park with George; Barbara, Dark of the Moon; Nell, Endgame; Amanda, The Glass Menagerie; Edith Piaf, Fetes de la Nuit; Mistress Overdone, Measure for Measure. Directing: UCC– Bus Stop, Romeo & Juliet, Brownstone (OR premiere), Noises Off, Twelfth Night, The Merry Lives of Windsor High, the Oregon One-Acts.

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Attention UCI Students: New FREE Student Rush Tickets offered by UCI Illuminations

View the UCI Illuminations website for detailed information and performance dates:

UCI Students, Show up at 7:30, at New Swan Theater, on Gateway Plaza.
Bring your current UCI Student ID.
Available seats are free - paid for by Illuminations at UCI.

July 12, 2015 - 8:00 pm
July 14, 2015 - 8:00 pm
July 16, 2015 - 8:00 pm
July 17, 2015 - 8:00 pm
July 19, 2015 - 8:00 pm
July 23, 2015 - 8:00 pm
July 25, 2015 - 8:00 pm
July 26, 2015 - 8:00 pm
July 29, 2015 - 8:00 pm
July 31, 2015 - 8:00 pm
August 6, 2015 - 8:00 pm
August 7, 2015 - 8:00 pm
August 9, 2015 - 8:00 pm
August 13, 2015 - 8:00 pm
August 15, 2015 - 8:00 pm
August 19, 2015 - 8:00 pm
August 22, 2015 - 8:00 pm
August 23, 2015 - 8:00 pm
August 27, 2015 - 8:00 pm
August 28, 2015 - 8:00 pm
August 30, 2015 - 8:00 pm