Meadows Theatre season closes with ‘Much Ado’

Matt Tallman and Cheryl Lowber in the 2010 Meadows Theatre production of 'Much Ado About Nothing'Meadows Theatre closes its 2009-10 season with one of William Shakespeare’s most enduringly popular comedies. Much Ado About Nothing will run April 28-May 2 in the Greer Garson Theatre, Owen Arts Center.

Michael Connolly, associate professor and head of acting, directs the production.

The story revolves around a pair of lovers, Claudio and Hero, who are to be married in one week. Meanwhile, they conspire with Don Pedro, the prince of Aragon, to play matchmaker to two of their friends, Beatrice and Benedick. However, the prince’s illegitimate brother, Don John, driven by jealousy, is making plans to sabotage the coming wedding.

Tickets are $7 each for SMU faculty, staff and students. Buy tickets online or contact the Meadows Ticket Office, 214-768-2787 (214-SMU-ARTS).

(Above, M.F.A. candidates Matt Tallman and Cheryl Lowber as Benedick and Beatrice in Meadows Theatre’s 2010 production of William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, directed by Michael Connolly. Photo by Linda Blase.)

Meadows Theatre presents ‘An Ideal Husband’ Oct. 15-19

Jennifer St. Angelo, Olivia Williamson, Johnard Washington and Cheryl Lowber in SMU's 2008 production of 'An Ideal Husband'Meadows Theatre continues its 2008-09 season with a new production of Oscar Wilde‘s hugely successful 1895 comedy of love, blackmail and political corruption. An Ideal Husband opens at 8 p.m. Oct. 15 in the Bob Hope Theatre, Owen Arts Center.

The story revolves around a prominent politician whose youthful mistake is threatened with exposure by an aristocratic blackmailer. Social expectations and a Victorian sense of public and private honor contrast with the realities of human imperfection in a play renowned for its wit and insight. The production is directed by Assistant Professor of Theatre James Crawford.

The production runs through Oct. 19 with performances at 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday and at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $7 each for faculty, staff and students. Buy tickets online or contact the Meadows Ticket Office, 8-2787 (8-ARTS).

Above, senior Johnard Washington (center) plays Lord Goring, with (clockwise from left) senior Jennifer St. Angelo as Lady Chiltern, senior Olivia Williamson as Mrs. Cheveley and M.F.A. candidate Cheryl Lowber as Mabel Chiltern. Photography by Linda Blase.