Much Ado About Nothing and As You Like It Debut Outdoors in DC

July 24, 2013

Empty Chair Theatre Company performed Hamlet last year at the Dupont Circle fountain. Much Ado About Nothing will be performed there by the Traveling Players on July 25.

When the Shakespeare Theatre moved its annual Free For All event out of Rock Creek Park and into Sidney Harman Hall, D.C. was left without an opportunity to see works performed outside for free. The newly formed Fat and Greasy Citizens Brigade stepped in with a Kickstarter campaign to mount an outdoor production of As You Like It. The group recently met its $2,000 goal and will perform the Shakespeare comedy this August at Grace Episcopal Church’s courtyard in Georgetown.

Heather Cipu, Fat and Greasy’s artistic director, helmed the play last year with the St. Marks Players. She said a number of those involved were talking about other projects that seemed interesting and noted that D.C. didn’t have an outdoor Shakespeare option. Cipu said they thought this was a “great thing to bring to D.C.”

This is the first production of the Fat and Greasy Citizens Brigade, whose name is a nod to a line in As You Like It. The group’s goal is to bring outdoor summer Shakespeare to D.C., and they don’t have any plans to branch out at the moment.

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