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“Much Ado About Nothing” Adaptation By Whedon ’87 Gets Its First Trailer

You’ll have to excuse me, I’m fanboying so hard.


I have a tendency to be able to go on and on about The Hero of Wesleyan, the man they call Joss Whedon ’87. Besides being the school’s 2013 commencement speaker, the Buffy The Vampire Slayer/Angel/Firefly/Dollhouse/Dr. Horrible’s Sing-a-Long-Blog/Cabin in the Woods/The Avengers writer and director also put together his own, modern-day movie adaptation of the play Much Ado About Nothing, by that one famous old British writer.

The film, shot in October 2011 at Whedon’s own house over the course of less than two weeks, is set for a June 7 theater release, but we finally get a taste of what it will look like. It’s shot in mostly black and white, with the trailer set to an upbeat, jazzy tune, and we can see some of the promised all-star cast, many of whom Whedon has put in his other films and shows.

Representatives of the Whedon Army here include Amy Acker (Angel, Dollhouse, Cabin), Alexis Denisof (Buffy, Angel, Dollhouse, The Avengers), Reed Diamond (Dollhouse), Nathan Fillion (Firefly, Buffy, Dr. Horrible’s), Clark Gregg (Avengers), and Fran Kranz (Dollhouse, Cabin), among many others. I’m guessing it’ll be better than the original.

Audition for “The Tempest”

“O wonder! How many goodly creatures are there here! How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world / That has such people in’t!” From Nicholas Orvis ’13, directing William Shakespeare (class of 1585):

Auditions for the Theater Department production of “The Tempest” by William Shakespeare, a thesis production directed by Nick Orvis ’13, will be held this coming Monday-Wednesday from 8-10 p.m. in the Theater Studios. Auditions are open to EVERYONE, regardless of major or experience! Please come prepared with a 2(ish)-minute monologue by a classical playwright (Shakespeare preferred, but that umbrella includes Miller, Ibsen, Williams, Shaw, Brecht, Beckett, and so on). Callbacks (if needed) will be held on Saturday the 15th, from 1:30-4 p.m. Sign-up sheets are posted on the Theater Department callboard in the Theater and Dance Studios. Please contact norvis(at)wesleyan(dot)edu for questions and concerns!

Date: Tonight, September 10th, September 11th, and September 12th
Time: 8pm – 10pm
Place: East Room, Theater Studios
Facebook Event:  Link.