Ben Carlson, Deborah Hay
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A Carnival of Life and Love
Director’s notes by Christopher Newton

Brazil has always been a magical place for me. I've never been there, so I'm not let down by reality. In my imagination, the big-box stores and the traffic jams simply don't exist. Instead, there's a fairy-tale land of palm trees, sensual beaches, late nineteenth-century architecture and samba schools.

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The Army Comes to Town
Program notes by Alexander Leggatt

Much Ado About Nothing opens with a war just ended and the victorious army led by Don Pedro descending on the household of Leonato, Governor of Messina, who immediately throws a party. We sense a sleepy provincial community waking up and ready, as the soldiers are, for a bit of fun. But the friendly invasion includes Don Pedro's not-so-friendly half-brother Don John, evidently the loser of the war, and through the first half of the play the two brothers move the action in opposite directions.

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