Clip | Much Ado About Nothing - First Look

Learn more about this new version of “Much Ado About Nothing,” set in a black community in Georgia in the year 2020.

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(audience applauding) - I had rather hear my dog bark at a crow, than a man swear he loves me.

(audience laughing) (lively drum music) - The thing that was unique about 'Much Ado About Nothing' is that we had this tremendous, young, enthusiastic cast that are doing it in their own voice.

- But for all that, cousin, let him be a handsome fella, or else make another curtesy and say, 'Father, as it please me, oh.' (trilling) (audience laughing) - Our production takes place in 2020, and it feels very, very contempororay.

- It's set in Atlanta or right outside Atlanta in Georgia in a black community, where lies and gossip are conquered by love.

Against my will, I am sent to bid you come in to dinner.

(audience laughing) There's a double meanin' in that.

- There's so much joy, but there's also a lot of pain and betrayal and dark subject matter that's explored.

You come out of it really feeling like you've gone on a journey with these characters.

- I think it just speaks to the risk of love and the bravery of it and what the show, to me, is about, which is being courageous enough to fight for your love.

I do love nothing in the world so well as you.

(audience applauding) (audience cheering) (light music)