Jessica Steinberg covers the Sabra scene from south to north and back to the center.
From the cast of characters of “Much Ado About Nothing,” from Theater in the Rough (Courtesy Theater in the Rough, photo credit: Yitz Woolf)
It’s actually much ado about something. For several months, the 11 cast members of Jerusalem’s Theater in the Rough have been rehearsing their latest production, Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing,” set to run for seven nights from August 12 – August 23.
Set in the swinging ’40s and ’50s, post WWII (Courtesy Theater in the Rough, photo credit: Yitz Woolf)
As with Theater in the Rough’s previous productions in the last two years, the play is set outside and the scenes will move several times — seven, to be exact — over the course of the two-and-a-half-hour play. This year, the play is set in modern times, during the 1940s and 1950s, with dances set to swing music and dialogue relating to the post-war yearning for romance and happiness.
“It’s very Shakespeare, really,” said Natan Skop, the theater’s assistant director. “He’s always about relevant, universal themes.”
It’s all about romance and relationships, the search for happiness (Courtesy Theater in the Rough, photo credit: Yitz Woolf)
While the steady movement of the play around Bloomfield Park (right off King David Street, near the windmill), is something of a logistical nightmare, added Skop, acting outside brings the play alive, and always makes it a memorable experience for the viewers.
“It makes it completely accessible,” he said.
For more details about days and times to see “Much Ado About Nothing,” see the Times of Israel calendar listing.