Crossroads Rep Theatre’s Much Ado about Nothing

Sometimes a male will be a male and at other times a female and visa versa.

Shakespeare’s “Much Ado about Nothing” opens the summer season of the Crossroads Repertory Theatre in Terre Haute. George Walker talked with director, Indiana State University professor Chris Berchild.

“I felt that the play had real resonance with both the difficult times that our country is going through and with the tough times of the thirties. Beatrice and Benedict, the two reluctant lovers in this play are such witty characters that they may remind you of some of the characters from those great black and white movies from the era.”

“Shakespeare used popular songs from his own age in his plays and I’ve used some of the great music from the 30s for some of those moments. You’ll hear music by Rodgers and Hart, George and Ira Gershwin and others in some of the key scenes.”

Last summer Berchild directed Shakespeare’s tragedy “MacBeth” in an innovative cabaret styled production with plenty of double and cross casting. This year he uses some of the same approach for a comedy.

“Yes, we’ll have a small cast with actors playing a hero in one scene and a villain in the next. 090616-much-ado-about-nothing

Shakespeare’s “Much Ado about Nothing” opens the summer season of the Crossroads Repertory Theatre in Terre Haute. George Walker talked with director, Indiana State University professor Chris Berchild.

“I felt that the play had real resonance with both the difficult times that our country is going through and with the tough times of the thirties. Beatrice and Benedict, the two reluctant lovers in this play are such witty characters that they may remind you of some of the characters from those great black and white movies from the era.”

“Shakespeare used popular songs from his own age in his plays and I’ve used some of the great music from the 30s for some of those moments. You’ll hear music by Rodgers and Hart, George and Ira Gershwin and others in some of the key scenes.”

Last summer Berchild directed Shakespeare’s tragedy “MacBeth” in an innovative cabaret styled production with plenty of double and cross casting. This year he uses some of the same approach for a comedy.

“Yes, we’ll have a small cast with actors playing a hero in one scene and a villain in the next. Sometimes a male will be a male and at other times a female and visa versa. It’s going to be quite an energetic production with plenty of action, so we’re hoping for some great chemistry and a terrific show for the audience.”

It’s going to be quite an energetic production with plenty of action, so we’re hoping for some great chemistry and a terrific show for the audience.”

George Walker

George Walker was born in Winchester, Virginia, and raised in Owl’s Head, Maine, and Valhalla, New York. After graduating from the University of Michigan, he came to Bloomington in 1966 and completed an M.A.T. degree in English at Indiana University. George began announcing for WFIU in 1967. Currently, along with regularly hosting classical music shows, he interviews artists in a wide variety of areas and reviews plays and operas. He’s the proud father of grown sons Ben Walker (and his wife Elise Katzif Walker) and Aaron Walker. In his time away from WFIU, George enjoys an active life with wife Carolyn Lipson-Walker, singing, reading, exercising and playing guitar.

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