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“Much Ado” Presented by Rose Palmieri

March 29 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm EDT

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One event on March 31, 2024 at 8:00 pm

One event on March 30, 2024 at 7:00 pm

One event on March 30, 2024 at 2:00 pm

One event on March 31, 2024 at 2:00 pm


Rose Palmieri ’24 presents this new exploration of Shakespeare’s classic play, excavating the traditional story to find a newer, more uncertain love story quietly hiding behind the brouhaha of the comedy’s original courtship. “Much Ado” takes the text of “Much Ado About Nothing” and reframes it to explore ideas about womanhood, motherhood, and queer love. Beginning with lingering questions about the original play- Why doesn’t the heroine stand up for herself? Why are some characters silent and others bombastic? When do you fight tradition, and when do you succumb to it?- Palmieri strips down the cast to highlight what remains: a mother, a daughter, a fiancé, a lover, a friend, and two affectionate fools.

Free and open to the public
ASL interpretation at every performance

  • Friday 3/29 @ 8 pm
  • Saturday 3/30 @ 2 pm & 8 pm
  • Sunday 3/31 @ 2 pm & 7 pm

Reservations are available at bit.ly/ado-swat (No ticket needed, just make a reservation ahead of time. When you arrive, tell an usher your name and they will check off your reservation.)

The show will be in the Frear Ensemble Theater in the lower level of the Lang Performing Arts Center (search for ‘Lang Performing Arts Center’ on Google Maps). This space is accessible by wheelchair. Free parking is available in the guest spots in Whittier Parking Lot, and on the street near campus.


March 29
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm


Swarthmore College


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Swarthmore, PA 19081 United States
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