Soul In Bliss Theatre Co and The Shakespeare Club Present Much Ado About Nothing

On February 15 and 16, 2020; Proceeds to Benefit College Access Plan

Published : Wednesday, January 15, 2020 | 11:10 AM

Soul In Bliss Theatre Co. and The Shakespeare Club present a fast and furious adaption of William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing. The one-day only performance on Sunday, February 16, benefits College Access Plan, a Pasadena nonprofit that provides free programs in college preparedness and success.

Drawing on the Shakespeare Club’s history and use as a convalescent home for soldiers recuperating from various injuries, this adaptation set during WW2 follows the story of betrothed Claudio and Hero, and the repelled-by-each-other though well-matched couple, Benedick and Hero’s cousin Beatrice. Ultimately, a joint marriage is planned where Claudio is made to marry an incognito bride, and she turns out to be none other than…well that’s the surprise!

In addition to the ticketed performance, there will be a pay-what-you-can matinee dress rehearsal followed by a Q&A with cast and crew on Saturday, February 15. This performance is free for students.

Directed by Richard Kenyon, this performance features: Kristian Bruun (Orphan Black, Carter, Ready or Not); Ryan Belleville (Workin’ Moms); Joe Dinicol (Arrow); Celina Dean (Blindspot); Ana Parsons (The Affair, Adam Ruins Everything); Grace Lynn Kung (Mary Kills People, Star Trek: Discovery); Brandon Firla (Suits, Modern Family); Rick Howland (Lost Girl, Killjoys); Alana Johnston (Upright Citizens Brigade); Inessa Frantowski (Upright Citizens Brigade); Ayumi lizuka (Conan, Jimmy Kimmel Live). The cast and crew will also include a number of local students.

Tickets and Show Times: Saturday, February 15 at 3 pm: pay-what-you-can/free for students dress rehearsal matinee followed by a Q&A with cast and crew; Sunday, February 16 at 7 pm (doors open at 6 pm for pre-show wine and cheese reception). $50 tickets available on Eventbrite.

About Richard Kenyon & Soul In Bliss Theatre Co. Founded by Richard Kenyon, Soul In Bliss is a Shakespeare Company that specializes in the performance and training of actors. Based in Los Angeles, Kenyon is Artist in Residence at The Shakespeare Club Pasadena, where he is always excited to share his love and passion for the Bard to whomever will listen. He has taught Shakespeare workshops and seminars for more than 25 years.

About The Shakespeare Club

Established in 7888, The Shakespeare Club, is one of the first women’s clubs in the West. Originally created for literary study with Shakespeare as its first author, the women quickly became involved in civic improvement and philanthropic needs. For over a half century, the Club has presented full scale Broadway musicals and donated proceeds to many local charities.

About College Access Plan

Founded in 2006, College Access Plan is an independent 507c3 nonprofit that prepares underserved students to succeed in college. Through partnerships with PUSD, PasadenaLEARNs, Stars, the Southern California College Access Network, and other local agencies, CAP provides no-cost college readiness advisement and topic-specific workshops on site at high schools and middle schools, through program partnerships, and to PUSD graduates that attend college. CAP serves 1,600 PUSD students and graduates with college applications, financial aid, SAT preparation, and other forms of essential college preparatory and success support. For more information visit






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