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Black Dirt Theater to perform at Hastings City Hall

James Lane, left, and Michelle DelCastillo play Benedick and Beatrice in the upcoming play "Much Ado About Nothing." Photo by David Youngren

The halls of Hastings City Hall will come alive with theater this month when Black Dirt Theater performs Shakespeare's comedy "Much Ado About Nothing" inside the historic building. Audiences can expect to experience the play through a promenade style experience. They will be led throughout parts of the building as the classic romantic comedy unfolds before their eyes.

The play will be set in the 1950s. It revolves around two separate love stories. On one hand, there are two people who are convinced that they are not interested in each other. Their friends plot to tell them otherwise because they know that they actually do love each other, but they are too stubborn to admit it.

Then there is a couple who is upfront about how much they love each other. The couple knows how they feel about each other, but there is someone plotting against them to break up their love.

"It's a love story, but it's so funny," said Sara Pillatzki-Warzeha, the play director.

Pillatzki-Warzeha said that the plotline lends itself well to being performed at City Hall and it would be a great merit for the production.

"(City hall) lends itself to having these nooks and crannies to kind of peek around and look over," Pillatzki-Warzeha said.

There is also a masquerade scene that Pillatzki-Warzeha said would work perfectly with the rotunda area in city hall.

Not only will the play be unique due to the use of the venue at City Hall and the plotline, but Pillatzki-Warzeha said the cast is outstanding and something really special. All of the components between the cast, City Hall and script make the show great.

Many Shakespeare plays use language that is not typically used in everyday conversation. However, Pillatzki-Warzeha said that she considers this particular Shakespeare play to be one of the more accessible comedies or one that is easier to understand.

Performances will be at 7 p.m. Oct. 20-21 and 27-28 and 2 p.m. Oct. 22 and 29. Tickets are $18. To purchase a ticket, visit www.blackdirttheater.com.

The cast includes Michelle DelCastillo, James Lane, Lewis Youngren, Molly McElroy, Michele Myrick, Erika Sasseville, Alex Tribe, Scott McPherson, Jeremy Sundheim, Michael Farber, Mary McAlpin, Sarah Pavey and Shelley Kurzeka-Jung.

Michelle Wirth

Michelle Wirth graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in 2013 with a degree in journalism and web design. She worked as a web content editor for a trade association before coming to the Hastings Star Gazette in 2016.

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