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Oh hey there, hi. We're the ones you invited to your costume party last year? Two of us dressed as exit signs and the third as a bear, and the bear spent the entire evening pursuing/running after the exit signs? Yeah, that was us.
We want to invite you our house party, at which you'll witness a funny, modern, feminist take of an ol classic: Much Ado About Nothing. Whether your copy of Shakespeare's canon is held together with duct tape (like ours) or collecting dust in your grandmothers attic, this is going to be a hilarious, theatrical, escape-room-esque experience you'll never forget. For starters, Much Ado About Nothing is basically one long house party, so that's where you'll be: in a real, actual house. You'll be guided by a Party Host to follow the actors as they move from room to room. And you'll be able to enjoy the whole thing with a beautiful glass of sumthin-sumthin in your hand.
OK, COOL, COOL, COOL.
SO... WHAT'S THIS ONE ABOUT AGAIN?
Six friends meet at their childhood summer home to relax and reunite, only to discover old flames and feuds still simmering beneath the surface. Jon is furious when he discovers that his first love, Hero, only has eyes for Claudio. Benedick and Beatrice have a long and tempestuous history, so naturally their friends decide to set them up with each other. Margaret's waiting for the right time to tell Beatrice she's in love with her, and the hired bouncer for the party, Dogberry, is hot on the case of Jon's scheming. Will they? Won't they? (And WTF is Dogberry doing in the bushes?!) You've been invited to this house party, and soon find yourself bearing witness to the hilarious, absurd mess of relationships trying to untangle themselves.
WHY THIS OLD PLAY? WHY IN A HOUSE?
We wanted to create an intimate, theatrical experience that allowed an audience to see more of the characters' backstories than they would in a traditional setting. Keep your eyes peeled for sly glances, for someone silently eavesdropping, for overturned photographs and secret hand-holding. And we wanted to bring you a story full of JOY and LIGHT and most importantly, a story that we think is hilarious! There's plenty of darkness in the world right now, and wanted to give you an opportunity to engage with something purely delightful.
THIS SOUNDS RAD.
HOW CAN I SUPPORT?
We need your help to make this project happen! There are three ways to support us:
- DONATE: 5 minutes and $5 goes a long way... and more than $5 goes even further! We offer some wicked awesome rewards for every tier... like your very own masquerade mask that you can wear at the show! Check those out at the link above.
- SHARE: If you can't give this time around, it's all good, you can still help! You can share this page, and this video on all your social media feeds. Statistically we're more likely to earn more donations, every time someone shares the link!
- ATTEND: Come see the show!! Tickets go on sale August 1st. Keep in mind that this show has a small audience capacity, so don't wait to get tickets! If you'd like a reminder, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Enso Theatre Ensemble is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that teaches and creates theater with mindfulness. We were founded in 2015 by Caitlin Lushington and Jordan Mackey, with a mission to create a new generation of well-balanced, compassionate, and grounded artists.