Othello / Much Ado About Nothing (2013)

Much Ado About Nothing
July 11-14 and 18-21, 2013

July 25-28 and August 1-3, 2013

All shows at 6 pm in the F.R. Newman Arboretum at Cornell Plantations

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Our Summer 2013 season pairs Shakespeare's most intense tragedy with one of his most delightful comedies — both exploring the nature and consequences of jealousy, "the green-eyed monster."

From Beatrice and Benedick's rapid-fire banter to the immortal Dogberry's crime-fighting crew to Iago's heart-rending destruction of Othello and Desdemona, this will be a summer you won't want to miss!

Much Ado About Nothing

When Don Pedro and his soldiers arrive in sunny Messina for some much-needed R & R, love blossoms and Beatrice and Benedick rekindle their merry war of wit. Don Pedro attempts to out-do Cupid by tricking Beatrice and Benedick into falling in love with each other, while Don John and his drunken henchmen scheme to ruin the marriage of their hated rival.

Flamenco music, large-scale dances, romance, wit and wordplay, one of Shakespeare's smartest heroines, and the most hopeless night watchmen ever imagined come together in this brilliant romantic comedy.


Othello and Desdemona marry in secret and refuse to be parted when Othello must go to war in Cypress. There, against the backdrop of an impending invasion, Othello's most trusted friend — and Shakespeare's most cunning and complex villain — plants the seeds of jealousy that will destroy them all.

Love, hate, jealousy and prejudice, a drunken brawl, songs and swordfights...With penetrating psychological insight, Shakespeare's most emotionally intense tragedy explores the destructive effects of the tragic human truth that we can never truly know what another person is thinking.

Major season support provided by
The Tompkins County Tourism Program

Promotional support provided by A Stone's Throw Bed and Breakfast, Interlaken, NY