The Queens Players presents

Much Ado About Nothing

by William Shakespeare
directed by Richard Mazda

Opens Feb 14th

Feb 14 - 17, Feb 20 - 23 & Feb 27 - Mar 2 @ 8pm
Additional performances -
Sunday 17 @ 7pm & matinee Sunday 24 @ 3pm

Tickets $18

The Queens Players founder, veteran director, Richard Mazda [Edward II, MacBeth, Othello, Knight of the Burning Pestle, Dr Faustus] whose Gangland Shakespeare trio of MacBeth, Othello and Julius Caesar thrilled with a fresh cohesive approach once again brings a unique style and concept to a beloved Shakespeare piece. Following the visceral approach to his Gangland series he keeps it down and dirty with a style we are calling Trash Period. Influenced by the hierarchies that one finds among the dispossessed, homeless and street dwellers, Mazda's Much Ado takes us to a street strewn with trash where the gentle Leonato's cardboard dwelling is the best on the street, where everyday objects casually thrown away. Echoes of the absurdist Waiting for Godot lead the audience to a pinpoint sharp and reverent language; the comedy, pathos and humor of the piece are ably assisted by 'clown techiniques' which draw out Shakespeare's merry war between Benedick and Beatrice. In our Trash Period Much Ado the comedy duo of Dogberry and Verges somehow ludicrously manage to apprehend the conspirators and assist the not so smooth passage of true love between our two pairs of lovers, Hero and Claudio and B and B. Don John and henchmen Conrade and Borachio are thwarted by the most inept but much beloved characters of Dogberry, Verges and the Watch.

Our creative team includes Helen Ammon [Set Design], MFTA Artist in Residence, Beth Williams-Garret [Production/Costume Design], John Michael Creenan [Prop/Costume Design] and Casey Rowe [Lighting Design] with a superb cast including noted Director/Actor Alberto Bonilla [Benedick/Clown consultant], Rebecca Hirota [Motherboard] with a full cast to be announced soon.

Please note that our fundraiser on January 23rd will not only benefit this production but also a portion of the profits will be donated to homelessness charity, Coalition For The Homeless.

January 23rd
featuring Trashcan Cocktails and Delicious Food
Live 'The Dating Game' and a lifesize 'Battleships' game
Special Guests and live music


The Secret Theatre | 4402 23rd St | Long Island City, NY
E, M, G or 7 train to Courthouse SQ/23rd St.