Much Ado About Nothing

When and Where

Extant Arts presents MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING June 17th through July 17th in parks throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens.

Performances are Friday - Sunday at 6pm

June 17, 18: Mineral Springs in Central Park
June 19: Astoria Park

June 24, 25: Cedar Hill in Central Park
June 26: Astoria Park

July 8: Summit Rock in Central Park
July 9: Mineral Springs in Central Park
July 10: Prospect Park

July 15: Summit Rock in Central Park
July 16: Mineral Springs in Central Park
July 17: Prospect Park

Astoria Park: N/W to Astoria Boulevard or Ditmars Boulevard.
See Map

Summit Rock: B/C to 72nd Street.
See Map

Prospect Park: 2/3 Train to Grand Army Plaza.
See Map

Mineral Springs: N/Q/R/W to 57th Street, A/B/C/D/1 to 59th Street, B/C to 72nd Street.
See Map

Cedar Hill: 6 Train to 77th Street / Lexington Avenue
See Map

In our fourth Summer Shakespeare Series, we are thrilled to present a modern imagining of MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING inspired by contemporary Williamsburg, Brooklyn and the culture clash between the established Italian immigrant community and the influx of hip, wealthy yuppies.


In this world where old world ideals like honor and family find themselves at odds with the changing values of the community, best friends Claudio and Benedick find themselves falling for two very different young ladies, the gentle Hero and her saucy cousin Beatrice. But when the spiteful Don John plots to spoil the budding romances and divide their friendship, will love survive?

Cast and Crew

Written by William Shakespeare

Directed by Greg Taubman

Producer: Kate Stahl

Assistant Director: Jacob Marx Rice

Stage Manager: Aislinn Curry

Costume Design: Stephanie Giegel

Mask Design: Chana Porter

Live Music: Under the Tracks

Featuring Featuring Kassiani Austin, Kira Blaskovich Powell, Sloan Bradford, Zachary Clark, Alex Demers, Nicole Greenbaum, Brandon Harris, Zane Johnston, Tyler Kent, Matthew Lynch, Erin E. McGuff, Nika Ezell Pappas, Christina Quintana.