It’s long been said that Shakespeare has absolutely no limitations. Tarragon Theatre prove that in vivid colour this month with a re-imagined version of Much Ado About Nothing with Director Richard Rose partnering with Ravi Jain to transcend time and space.
The wildly imaginative staging opens Wednesday, April 29 in the Tarragon Minspace. Hindi translation and surtitles are by Cultural Consultant Sharada Eswar.
Tarragon’s Much Ado plays as an all-out war of the sexes against the backdrop of a very Canadian clash of cultures. Classical text fuses with Bharatanatyam, Bollywood and Brampton in this larger-than-life spectacle.
Moving from comedy to tragedy and back again with razor sharp wit, a familiar story takes on new meaning when set in our own backyard and promises to shed new light on love in our modern urban times.
Much Ado About Nothing‘s dream-team cast is: Kawa Ada (Soulpepper’s Accidental Death of an Anarchist) as Lord Tata (Don Pedro in the original), David Adams (6 seasons as Resident Associate Director Vancouver Opera) as Mayor Ranjit of Brampton (Leonato), Salvatore Antonio (title role in Tarragon’s Léo) as Jovanni Tata (Don John, The Bastard), Nova Bhattacharya (Artistic Director of Nova Dance) as Menaka (Margaret/Ursula), John Cleland (Dora Award for Workman Arts’ Edward the Crazy Man) as Constable Verges, Ali Momen (Canadian Stage’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream) Darius (Claudio), Alon Nashman (Stratford Festival’s Hirsch) as Benedict, Chief Financial Officer of Bramalea, Sarena Parmar (Stratford Festival’s Alice Through The Looking-Glass) as Sita (Hero),
Ellora Patnaik (Nightwood Theatre’s HER2) as Auntie (Antonio), Anand Rajaram (numerous VideoCabaret productions) as Head Constable Bud Singh (Dogberry), Anusree Roy (Dora-winning writer and Dora-nominated performer for Factory Theatre’s Brothel #9) as Thara (Beatrice), Gugun Deep Singh (Canadian stage debut with numerous U.S. credits) as Dalal (Conrade/Borachio) and Tahirih Vejdani (Stratford’s Elektra) as Suba (Balthazar).
Original compositions from acclaimed composers/sound designers Ed Hanley, co-artistic director of celebrated world music ensemble Autorickshaw, and the Dora Award-winning, twice JUNO-nominated world/fusion vocalist Suba Sankaran are interwoven throughout the play as is the choreography of Dora-nominated Nova Bhattacharya. Expect some high energy, Bollywood-style breakout dance sequences for the full cast to perform from these accomplished artists.
The talented creative team includes set and costume designer Michelle Tracey (who also did Tarragon’s An Enemy Of the People) and award-winning lighting designer Phillip Silver. The assistant director is Richard Ausar Stewart and the stage manager is Nicola Benidickson.
For ticket information call 416.531.1827 or visit ww.tarragontheatre.com