SHAKESPEARE ON THE SQUARE presents a very different season in which we go “Off The Square” to present Much Ado About Nothing at Ijams Nature Center


WHO:       Presented by Tennessee Stage Company in collaboration with 70/30 Creative


WHAT:      Shakespeare Off the Square, featuring Much Ado About Nothing


WHERE:   Outdoors at Ijams Nature Center


WHEN:             7: 30 p.m.  Thursday-Sunday,   Aug. 6 – 23





A funny thing happened on the way to Shakespeare On The Square’s Thirtieth Anniversary Season – we cancelled it! But we heard so often and so longingly from so many people “but it isn’t summer in Knoxville without Shakespeare” that we came up with an alternate plan.


Instead of our usual season on Market Square we are going to the wide open space at Ijams Nature Center where there is a wonderful sloping hillside where an audience can watch the play while maintaining  social distancing.


Keeping in mind size restrictions and safe practices we are presenting a very special five actor Much Ado About Nothing in which each actor will play three roles! It will be a highly stylized modern dress production in which our five actors will change characters mid scene and carry on conversations with themselves!


This production is being presented in collaboration with 70/30 Creative.


Much Ado About Nothing opens on Thursday, August 6, at the pavilion outside the visitors center at Ijams Nature Center. It continues through Aug. 23, a three week run rather than out usual five week run.


Admission is free. A donation basket will be passed with a $ 10.00 suggested donation. To help maintain audience size restrictions Ijams Nature Center, the Tennessee Stage Company and 70/30 creative ask that reservations be made prior to attending at




7:30 p.m., Thursday through Sunday evenings

August 6 – 23

Ijams Nature Center 2915 Island Home Avenue 37920

This most perfect of romantic comedies centers on Shakespeare’s wittiest lovers, Beatrice and Benedick, two people determined to avoid the foolishness of love at all costs! The verbal fireworks between these two make up some of Shakespeare’s best writing. Along the way we meet more lovers, distraught fathers, villains and the 16th century’s answer to the Three Stooges – Dogberry and the Watch. Of course, like all good comedies, everyone ends up married – more or less. “I will live in the heart, die In thy lap, and be buried in thy eyes.”


For more information about the Tennessee Stage Company, Shakespeare On The Square or its support guild, Buddies of the Bard (BOB), call

546-4280 or e-mail


Shakespeare Off The Square would not be possible without the support of the Tennessee Arts Commission.



Caleb Burnham

Tyler Gregory

Hayden Hall

Garrett Marshall

Raine Palmer

Eleanor Weedman


The Staff

Directed by H. Caitlin Corbitt and Tom Parkhill

Stage Managed by Allison Crye

Costumed by Patti Lynn Rogers

Props and Arts Work by Arri Lemons

Sound by Steve Trigg and Jamie Johnson