Fools and Madmen & Motor House Present:
Much Ado About Nothing: a Hip Hop Shakespeare adaptation
Written and Adapted by Josh Thomas and Caitlin Carbone
Directed by Aladrian C. Wetzel
fools and madmen’s Much Ado About Nothing is a mobile hip-hop adaptation of Shakespeare’s most loved romantic comedy touring to Baltimore City Public Schools and Motor House this May 2019. The goal of the project is to bridge the gap between Shakespeare and Hip-Hop as artforms. The adaptation contains both classical Shakespearean text and original hip-hop lyrics and music. The resulting show is a lyrical and rhythmic mash-up of classical and modern language, of poetry and music.
The show is performed in the round, to an audience of 40-70 people, no more than two rows deep. The ensemble cast includes performers of diverse artistic disciplines – classical actors, modern actors, spoken word poets, and hip-hop artists. The music is played live onstage by three musicians. The play has been cut to fit a run time of an hour and a half.
Baltimore Shakespeare Factory is the proud supporting partner of this production.
Motor House Shows:
May 31 at 8pm; June 1 at 8pm; June 2 at 6pm
120 W. North Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland 21201
Ayesha Gowie – Beatrice
Drew Anderson – Don Pedro
Grant Harvey – Borachio
JC Payne – Benedick
Okechi Onyeje – Don John
Quincy Vicks – Claudio
Tina Canady – Hero
Wendy Lewis – Leonata
Zipporah Brown – Margaret
Josh Thomas – Djembe
K’wuan Colbert – Guitar
Matthew Ancarrow – Keyboard
Aladrian C. Wetzel – Director
Caitlin Carbone – AD/Text Coach
Gillian Lelchuk – Stage Manager
Josh Thomas – Music Director
Justin Jarod Bell – Movement Director
Betse Lyons – Intimacy Choreographer
Maggie Flanigan – Costume Designer
About fools and madmen:
fools and madmen brings hip hop adaptations of Shakespeare’s plays to Baltimore City Schools for free. Our goals are to bring classical theatre to Baltimore City Schools, combat racial disparity in classical theatre, and to bridge the gap between Shakespeare and Hip Hop as artforms. We believe that Shakespeare’s stories belong to everyone, and that everyone should have the opportunity to access them.