Shakespearean classic takes on 1940s perspective

Posted: November 5, 2012

The Antelope Valley College Theatre Arts Department’s production of Shakespeare’s spirited dramatic comedy “Much Ado About Nothing” opens 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9 at the college’s Performing Arts Theatre, with additional performances at 8 p.m. Nov. 10, 16-17 and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18.

Containing themes of love, jealousy, retribution, fear of commitment and comedy – “Much Ado About Nothing” has it all.

Often described as a “battle of the sexes,” this production is set at the end of World War II, when not all women want to give up their Rosie-the-Riveter jobs and not all men can relinquish their battlefield mentality.  As the classic battle of the sexes plays out between two very different (and equally convoluted) couples, Shakespeare reminds us, “the course of true love never did run smooth.”

AVC English instructor Scott Memmer will lead a “talk back” discussion after the opening night performance on Nov. 9.  On Nov. 17, the Office of Disabled Student Services will provide American Sign Language interpreters for the performance.

Tickets are $10 general admission, $5 for senior citizens, military personnel, AVC staff and students.  Tickets are available online at or at the theater box office Fridays and Saturdays 2 to 6 p.m., and two hours before each performance.

For additional information, please call the box office, (661) 722-6580.