Shakespeare returns to the Warwick Valley Winery stage this month

| 28 Sep 2011 | 02:14

    WARWICK - The Illustrious Theatre Company will present Much Ado About Nothing at the Warwick Valley Winery as its 2nd annual "Shakespeare in the Orchard", July 16 through Aug. 1. As with last summer's outdoor Shakespeare production, the acting talent is drawn from the region, including Orange, Sussex, and Bergen counties. On the technical side, sound is being provided by Sound Associates, one of the oldest and most respected production companies on Broadway; lighting by A&A Theatrical Lighting Company; and set design by Bryan Latham. The director is Mary Clifford, the company's artistic director, and technical direction is under Mike Castania. The Warwick Valley Winery is located at 114 Little York Road, Warwick, just off County Route 1 near Pine Island. Curtain time for Friday and Saturday is 8 p.m.; Sunday at 7:30. The orchard opens about one hour earlier for those who would like to enjoy a little picnic of the Warwick Valley Winery's menu or the special BBQ. "Bring your own lawn chair" is the preferred seating for most, although there will be a special area reserved for blankets. It is also recommended to bring a sweater or jacket, as it tends to get cool in the orchard after the sun goes down. Tickets are available at the winery, The Bookstore in Warwick, Healthy Thymes Market in Vernon, or may also be ordered by phone by calling 845-258-4858. Ticket prices are $13 regular and $10 for seniors and students; children under 7 are free. Shakespeare in the Orchard is made possible, in part, with funds from Orange County Tourism/Orange Arts and the County of Orange. Much Ado About Nothing is one of Shakespeare's later comedies and unlike his earliest comedic works, the humor of Much Ado does not solely depend upon funny situations. It is generally considered one of Shakespeare's best comedies, because it combines elements of robust hilarity with more serious meditations on honor, shame, and court politics. The Illustrious Theatre Company, the not-for-profit company in residence at the winery formed less than two years ago, has enjoyed an auspicious beginning. Not knowing what to expect forThe company's founder and artistic director Mary Clifford attributes this success to a combination of the wonderful setting of the Warwick Valley Winery, the talent of the actors and production staff, and the region's desire for quality theatre.