NOMA and the NOLA Project are back in the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden for Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing!

Performances are Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays May 8-26 and Fridays, May 10 and 24

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ABOUT Much Ado About Nothing
The NOLA Project and NOMA enter their third year of partnership this May to present Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing inside the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden.

This production marks the sixth major theatrical collaboration between NOMA and The NOLA Project and is the third Shakespeare play to be presented under the stars in NOMA’s beautiful Sculpture Garden. The two previous productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and As You Like It were major critical hits and sold-out successes.

Get transported back into time with The NOLA Project’s production of Much Ado About Nothing. Played in the romantic setting of NOMA’s Besthoff Sculpture Garden and set near the turn of the century in the old American South, this hilarious and festive comedy pits two of Shakespeare’s most beloved characters, Benedick and Beatrice, in a war of words and wits.

Directed by Big Easy Award winner Jason Kirkpatrick and starring NOLA Project Artistic Director A.J. Allegra and Kathlyn Tarwater as the famously fueding duo, this production promises to delight audiences with slapstick, dancing, music, poetry, and all with a touch of Southern charm.

WHO: Director Jason Kirkpatrick helms a cast that includes A.J. Allegra, Kathlyn Carson, John Haas, Kali Russell, Sam Dudley, Alex Martinez Wallace, Hope Barnard, Mistie Adams, Matt Standley, Stacy Lamorte, Sean Glazebrook, Price Provenzano, Travis Resor, Molly Ruben Long, Dr. Charles Ramos, and Ben Griffith.

WHAT: Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare

WHERE: The Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden next to NOMA in New Orleans City Park

WHEN: Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays May 8-26 and Fridays, May 10 and 24. Seating begins at 5:00 p.m., shows begin at 7:00 p.m.

TICKETS: General Admission: $18, NOMA Members, University Students, Children (7 to 17): $10

Special Discount for Wednesday performances: General Admission: $12, NOMA Members, University Students, Children (7 to 17): $7

Tickets are available for purchase at Eventbrite or at the Admissions Desk during regular museum hours (except for Wednesdays).

  • All sales are final. No refunds or exchanges will be permitted.
  • Due to subject matter children under 6 will not be admitted to the production.
  • No open flame bug candles allowed.
  • No pets.
  • Seating is not provided. Please bring a light folding chair or blanket.
  • Due to the sculptures and architecture, outside food and beverages are not permitted.
  • Food vendors will be available on all nights and will rotate between Crepes a la Cart, Green To Go NOLA, and La Cocinita.
  • If you cannot print your tickets, a check-in list will be provided at the gate. Tickets will be listed under the purchaser’s name.
  • NOMA members are allotted 4 tickets at the discounted rate. To purchase or renew a membership please call 658-4130.
  • University students will be asked for a valid I.D. at admission.

Rain Date Information: If weather becomes a factor in cancelling a production, ticket holders will receive an email by 3 p.m. on the affected date with instructions on how to choose an alternate date of their choice. Ticket prices will not be adjusted if a Wednesday date is chosen.

Founded six years ago, the NOLA Project prides itself on the creation of new theatrical works, high quality performances of relevant great works. By serving as a resource to area students and artists, The NOLA Project hopes to be one of the standard bearers of New Orleans’ artistic renaissance, sharing its work in the city and bringing word of New Orleans’ revived arts scene to the rest of the country. For more information visit

The New Orleans Museum of Art, founded in 1910 by Isaac Delgado, houses more than 30,000 art objects encompassing 4,000 years of world art. Works from the permanent collection, along with continuously changing temporary exhibitions, are on view in the museum’s 46 galleries Fridays from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Tuesdays to Sundays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The adjacent Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden features work by over 60 artists, including several of the 20th century’s great master sculptors. The Sculpture Garden is open seven days a week: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The New Orleans Museum of Art and the Besthoff Sculpture Garden are fully accessible to handicapped visitors and wheelchairs are available from the front desk. For more information about NOMA, call (504) 658-4100 or visit