Much Ado About Nothing (Folger Theatre, 1998)

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Folger Theatre produced William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing, directed by Joe Banno, from November 14 to December 20, 1998.

Front: Ben Hulan (Claudio), Michael Russotto (Don Pedro), Rick Foucheux (Leonato); Back: David Fendig (Benedick), Much Ado About Nothing, Folger Theatre, 1998. Directed by Joe Banno. Photo by Ken Cobb.

The Production

Tony Cisek won a Helen Hayes Award for "Outstanding Set Design," Holly Twyford, as Beatrice, was nominated for "Outstanding Lead Actress, Resident Play," and the production was nominated for "Outstanding Residential Play."

Entertainment unions represented in Folger Theatre productions include United Scenic Artists (***), and the Actors' Equity Association (*), which includes members of the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers. Equity Members Candidates are identified with (**).


In order of appearance

  • David Fendig*: Benedick
  • Rick Foucheux*: Leonato
  • Tina Frantz**: Margaret
  • Christopher Henley: Don John
  • Ben Hulan: Claudio
  • David Bryan Jackson*: Verges
  • Michael Tolaydo*: Macbeth
  • Jeffrey Johnson**: Borachio
  • Cam Magee*: Innogen
  • Peter J. Mendez**: Geroge Seacoal
  • Michael Russotto: Don Pedro
  • Rhea Seehorn*: Hero
  • Gary Telles*: Dogberry
  • Holly Twyford: Beatrice
  • Christopher Walker: Balthasar
  • Chuck Young: Friar
  • Jim Zadar*: Friar

Creative team

  • William Shakespeare, Playwright
  • Joe Banno, Director
  • Tony Cisek, Scenic Designer
  • Martha Mountain***, Lighting Designer
  • Gail Stewart Beach, Costume Designer
  • Scott Burgess, Original Music and Sound Designer
  • Elsie Jones, Properties Designer/Set Dressing
  • Molly E. Haws*, Stage Manager
  • Brette Goldstein, Casting Director

Production team

  • Lofty Durham, Assistant Director
  • Cynthia Clark, Assistant Stage Manager
  • Cam Magee, Dramaturg
  • Jason Lajka, Assistant to the Set Designer
  • Joseph Pindelski, Assistant to the Costume Designer
  • L.A. Mcdonald, Master Electrician
  • Julie Ahern, Wardrobe
  • L.A. Mcdonald, Light Board Operator
  • Bill Cook, Sound Board Operator
  • Julie Ahern, Production Assistant
  • Walter Berry, Set Construction
  • Bill Fecke, House Management
  • David Peters, House Management

Folger Theatre

  • Janet Alexander Griffin, Artistic Producer
  • Janet M. Clark, Production Manager

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