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Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing will be performed Thursday and Friday, Feb. 5 and 6 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 7 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in the Strider Theater at Colby College as part of the Theater & Dance at Colby series. This enduringly popular romantic comedy is directed by Richard Sewell, Colby professor emeritus and cofounder of The Theater at Monmouth – The Shakespearean Theater of Maine. Tickets are free and available by reservation or at the theater 30 minutes before the performance. To make a reservation, please call 859-4520.
 
Sewell, a legend in the theater at Colby and in Maine, comes out of retirement to breathe new life into this timeless tale of gossip and love. Set in Italy, Much Ado About Nothing is the story of Claudio and Hero, who are about to be married, and their conspiracy to get two people who think they hate each other, Beatrice and Benedick, to fall in love.

A longtime actor, director, teacher and playwright, Sewell has written more than 16 plays and three adaptations. His plays have inspired productions, public readings or awards from theaters in Boston, New York, Los Angeles and Miami, among others. Most recently, the Pearl Theater Co. in New York City, where he taught workshops this fall, staged his adaptation of Gotthold Ephraim Lessing’s Nathan the Wise in December.

In 1970 Sewell cofounded The Theater at Monmouth, a year-round repertory company of professional theater artists from across Maine and the United States. It was named The Shakespearean Theater of Maine by the Maine State Legislature in 1975.