SF State Production of Much Ado About Nothing Welcomes Roaring '20s

Tuesday, November 17, 2015
GOLDEN GATE XPRESS -- SF State’s version of the show is set in 1919, one year after the end of the first world war, and incorporates elements of the roaring ’20s jazz era into a romantic comedy about finding and holding onto love in the face of extraordinary obstacles. “San Francisco lost many of its citizens in the war, and I thought it would be interesting to see if there are any correspondences in the play to that sense of loss, but also a sense of relief that the carnage was over,” said Bruce Avery, director of the show and professor of English with an emphasis in Shakespeare. Aaron Moses, a senior Drama major, portrays the main character, Leonato. Leonato is an alcoholic at the dawn of prohibition. He is dealing with the stress of raising his family after the loss of his wife from the 1906 earthquake in San Francisco. “I intend to perform in a very broad, large, heightened and humanized way,” Moses said.