Off Square Theatre Company presents Thin Air Shakespeare, ‘Much Ado About Nothing’

JACKSON, Wyo. — Thin Air Shakespeare returns to The Center Amphitheater this summer with the beloved romantic comedy Much Ado About Nothing, directed by Edgar Landa and Kate Gleason.

Much Ado About Nothing will run from July 9-11 and July 14-18. Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. An ASL interpreter will be present at the July 17 performance.

Join Off Square Theatre Company for this classic tale of courtship and scandal of Hero and Claudio, and the war of words between Benedick and Beatrice. There will be music and dancing, treachery and deceit, and at last, a double wedding!

“Thin Air Shakespeare is designed to throw the doors open on theatre—taking you out of the dark room and catapulting you into a fun-loving world,” said Artistic Director and Producer Natalia Duncan Macker. “Nothing delights us more than to welcome you back to live theatre. We hope to entertain you with witty words, thwarted love, and, of course, a masked ball.”

Now in its ninth year, Thin Air Shakespeare is presented free of charge in a family-friendly format on the lawn at the Center for the Arts. Joining a cast of local artists are guest artists from Colorado, Southern California and Chicago, including returning directors Edgar Landa and Kate Gleason, and scenic designer Amanda Knehans. Making her Thin Air Shakespeare debut is Los Angeles-based actor Josette Canilao, whose TV credits include ABC’s “The Crossing”.

“After the unforeseen hiatus of the past year, I am so excited to be back in this beautiful part of the country doing what I love best with some of my favorite collaborators!” Director Edgar Landa continued, “Our production is set in the Southwest U.S. of not too long ago… a place in which cities were growing and the population was a mix of cultures, traditions and ethnicities. You may hear a few words and phrases in Spanish, certainly not out of the ordinary then or now. And in this production, Benedick (like me) is a descendant of those Mexicans, yet very much American-born.”

While it’s free to attend, Thin Air Shakespeare is far from free to produce. To garner support for this year’s production, an anonymous donor has generously offered a $10,000 matching grant. Help us reach our goal and support free, outdoor Shakespeare for the community by donating at www.offsquare.org

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