Torri Higginson in new play in California!
A Noise Within Presents MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, Runs 3/6-3/21
Noise Within (ANW) begins the second half of the 2009-10 season with William Shakespeare's classic comedy MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, directed by Michael Murray, opening Saturday, March 6 and closing Friday, May 21, 2010 (previews begin Saturday, February 27).
"Much Ado About Nothing is the epitome of a play about the battle of the sexes," says Murray. "But with all the surface comedy, it's really about two lonely people who really want to be together. It's a sexy play in which there's a sense that anything can happen."
The two formidable combatants in love are Beatrice and Benedick, both armed with razor-edged wit, who create fireworks as they struggle with the gravitational pull of mutual attraction. These battle-hardened veterans of Cupid's little game discover in this effervescent comedy of the heart how truly disarming true love can be.
The cast features JD Cullum (Benedick), Torri Higginson (Beatrice), Brandon Hearnsberger (Claudio), Lindsay Gould (Hero), Apollo Dukakis (Leonato) and Mark Bramhall (Dogberry).
The production is part of Shakespeare for a New Generation, a national initiative sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts in cooperation with Arts Midwest.
Canadian-born stage and screen actress TORRI HIGGINSON (Beatrice) makes her ANW debut in this production of Much Ado About Nothing. She has also appeared as Beth in Zadie's Shoes at the Factory Theatre; 1st Maggie in Mill on the Floss at Soulpepper Theatre; Jaye in Weldon Rising at the Eclectic Theatre; C in Three Tall Women at the Grand Theatre; Suzanne in Picasso at the Lapine Agile at MTC; Bianca in The Taming of the Shrew at the World Stage Festival; and Lady Macbeth in Macbeth at the Hungarian Arts Festival. Higginson, who studied acting at Guildhall in London, can also be seen in the feature films Desperate Hours, Yumi in Love, Smile of April, Irish Eyes are Crying, Turning Paige, Airborne, Double Take, The English Patient, Jungle Ground, and Vitacane. On television, she has appeared as Dr. Elizabeth Weir in three episodes of Stargage SG-1 and more than 60 episodes of Stargate: Atlantis, as well as in N.C.I.S., The Cult (Pilot), Eleventh Hour, The Shields Stories, Tom Stone, and Bliss, among many others. In 2000 she won Canada's prestigious Gemini Award, recognizing excellence in Canadian English-language television, for Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role for her performance as Katherine Stracham in "The City."
Single Tickets are $44 (Friday and Saturday evenings, Sunday matinees); $40 (Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday evenings, Saturday matinees); and $30 (previews). Groups (10 or more) are $25, or $30 on Saturday evenings and Sunday matinees; School Groups (10 or more) are $16, or $20 on Saturday evenings and Sunday matinees.
A NOISE WITHIN is located at 234 South Brand Boulevard, Glendale, CA 91204. To purchase tickets or for a full season brochure, call 818-240-0910 x1 or visit www.ANoiseWithin.org.
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