The Carriage House Players (formerly Arena Players Repertory Theater) will present the comedy Much Ado About Nothing, their second production of the 29th annual Summer Shakespeare Festival at the Vanderbilt Museum, on Wednesday, August 16, at 8:00 p.m. Festival plays are performed on the Vanderbilt Mansion courtyard stage, where the Spanish-Mediterranean architecture adds a touch of timeless flavor and charm.
Performances also will be given every Wednesday and Friday at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday at 7:00 p.m. through Sunday, August 27. Admission: $15 per person. Remaining dates: August 18, 20, 23, 25, 27. To purchase tickets, call 516-557-1207. Visit www.carriagehouseplayers.org.
Theater-goers are encouraged to bring a picnic and enjoy dinner before the show.
In Much Ado About Nothing, Benedick and Beatrice are tricked through gossip into confessing their love for each other. Claudio is fooled into wrongly believing that Hero has been unfaithful to him, and he leaves her at the altar. Benedick and Beatrice work to resolve the misunderstandings, and the story ends with the celebration of both couples’ marriages.