The Carriage House Players will open part two of the 29th annual Summer Shakespeare Festival at the Vanderbilt Estate with the comedy Much Ado About Nothing, on Sunday August 6, at 7:00 p.m. The Estate, home of the Vanderbilt Museum, is located at 180 Little Neck Road.
Final performances of the current play, Macbeth, will be given on Friday, July 28, at 8:00 p.m., and on Sunday July 30, at 7:00 p.m.
The Carriage House Players (formerly Arena Players Repertory Theater) perform their festival productions on the Vanderbilt Mansion courtyard stage, where the Spanish-Mediterranean architecture adds a touch of timeless flavor and charm.
Other performances of Much Ado About Nothing – on Wednesday and Friday at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday at 7:00 p.m. – will be given on August 9, 11, 16, 18, 20, 23, 25, 27.
Admission: $15 per person. 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.
The Carriage House Players will present The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) Sundays, September 10, 17, 24 (rain or shine), at 7:00 p.m. Admission: $15 per person. To purchase tickets, call 516-557-1207.