Sam Buntrock's Much Ado, With Michael Cumpsty, Kathryn Meisle, Sean Dugan, Begins NJ Run

News   Sam Buntrock's Much Ado, With Michael Cumpsty, Kathryn Meisle, Sean Dugan, Begins NJ Run
Two River Theater Company in Red Bank, NJ, revives Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing starting Sept. 10, under the direction of Tony Award nominee Sam Buntrock, who staged the Broadway revival of Sunday in the Park With George. Obie Award winner Michael Cumpsty and Tony Award nominee Kathryn Meisle are Benedick and Beatrice, respectively.

Michael Cumpsty and Kathryn Meisle
Michael Cumpsty and Kathryn Meisle

Opening night is Sept. 17, for a run to Oct. 2.

Buntrock sets the "merry war" of Beatrice and Benedick in the early 20th century, on the veranda of a family home owned by one of Sicily's most powerful men. "In this idyllic atmosphere, filled with music and sunshine, the sudden appearance of soldiers returning from battle brings romance — and an undercurrent of danger," according to Two River notes. "In this world of honor and passion, two sets of lovers — Benedick and Beatrice, and the younger couple Claudio and Hero — determine their futures."

Cumpsty has appeared in 14 Broadway productions including Sunday in the Park with George and Copenhagen. His Shakespeare credits include his Obie-winning performance as Hamlet at Classic Stage, Malvolio in Twelfth Night at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park, and Leontes in The Winter's Tale for the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Meisle received a Tony nomination and the Callaway Award for Roundabout's Tartuffe. Her Broadway credits also include Racing Demon and The Constant Wife. She starred in Twelfth Night, As You Like It (Drama Desk nomination) and Othello for New York Shakespeare Festival. Her New Jersey credits include productions at McCarter and Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey.

The company also includes John Ahlin (Dogberry), Tom Bloom (Leonato), Connor Carew (Friar Francis , Verges), Sean Dugan (Don John), Christopher Hirsh (Borachio), Tia James (Margaret), Kevin Kelly (Conrade), Nick LaMedica (Balthasar, Watchman), Aaron Clifton Moten (Claudio), Mary Anne O'Brien (Ursula, Sexton), Steven Skybell (Don Pedro), Annapurna Sriram (Hero) and Zeke Zaccaro (Antonio, Watchman). The creative team includes scenic designer Tony Straiges, costume designer Mattie Ullrich, lighting designer Brian Tovar, sound designer and composer Mark Bennett, and vocal coach Deborah Hecht. The casting is by Janet Foster, CSA and the stage manager is Whitney McAnally.

Tickets are available by calling (732) 345-1400 or at

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