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RemarkaBULL Podversation
Much Ado about Benedick
with GRANTHAM COLEMAN

Wednesday, January 19, 2022
7:30 PM EST | LIVESTREAM

Rising star of stage and screen GRANTHAM COLEMAN will join host NATHAN WINKELSTEIN, Red Bull’s Associate Artistic Director, for a conversation, focused on Much Ado About Nothing’s Benedick–a role he played to great acclaim for Shakespeare in Park in 2019. He will read an excerpt from the play and discuss the challenges of that particular speech (Act 2 :Scene 3), as well as the rewards of playing one of Shakespeare’s most charismatic leading men. They will take your questions too!

Shakespeare's MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
from ACT II: Scene 3

BENEDICK

I do much wonder that one man, seeing how much

another man is a fool when he dedicates his

behaviors to love, will, after he hath laughed at

such shallow follies in others, become the argument

of his own scorn by failing in love: and such a man

is Claudio. I have known when there was no music

with him but the drum and the fife; and now had he

rather hear the tabour and the pipe: I have known

when he would have walked ten mile a-foot to see a

good armour; and now will he lie ten nights awake,

carving the fashion of a new doublet. He was wont to

speak plain and to the purpose, like an honest man

and a soldier; and now is he turned orthography; his

words are a very fantastical banquet, just so many

strange dishes. May I be so converted and see with

these eyes? I cannot tell; I think not: I will not

be sworn, but love may transform me to an oyster; but

I'll take my oath on it, till he have made an oyster

of me, he shall never make me such a fool. One woman

is fair, yet I am well; another is wise, yet I am

well; another virtuous, yet I am well; but till all

graces be in one woman, one woman shall not come in

my grace. Rich she shall be, that's certain; wise,

or I'll none; virtuous, or I'll never cheapen her;

fair, or I'll never look on her; mild, or come not

near me; noble, or not I for an angel; of good

discourse, an excellent musician, and her hair shall

be of what colour it please God. Ha! the prince and

Monsieur Love! I will hide me in the arbour.