Federalist Society Presents
"Much Ado About Marriage"

June 3 at The Shubert

The Wang Center for the Performing Arts and Commonwealth Shakespeare Company will join forces to present The Federalist Society, Boston Lawyers Chapter's, "Much Ado About Marriage." Marking the fourth annual installment of their Shakespeare and the Law series, the performance will be presented at The Shubert Theater on Thursday, June 3 at 4:00 p.m.  The event is free and open to the public.

Directed by CSC Artistic Director Steven Maler, "Much Ado About Marriage" will be a staged reading of Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing" featuring some of Massachusetts' most prominent public officials, judges and lawyers. A panel discussion on marriage and the law will follow.    

The Federalist Society is a national non-profit organization devoted to promoting awareness of the principles of individual liberty, judicial restraint, and the rule of law through debate, discussion, and the lively exchange of ideas.  The event is free of charge and open to the public.

Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing" chronicles the romantic travails of two couples, while exposing the contradictory longing and disdain for the "yoke" of marriage. 

Following the reading, Commissioner Jennifer C. Braceras of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights will lead the panel discussion focusing on the law's role in sanctioning and regulating marriage, whether civil rights should be tied to marriage and whether marriage is an institution that transcends the law.  The discussion will also address the recent expansion of the definition of marriage by the SJC in the Goodridge decision and the legislature's attempts to pull back.

The reading will feature Lieutenant Governor Kerry Healey as Beatrice, State Senator Jarrett Barrios (principal proponent of legislative amendment accepting the Goodridge opinion) as Claudio, Commissioner Jennifer C. Braceras as Hero, Supreme Judicial Court Justice Robert Cordy (lead dissenting justice in the Goodridge decision) as Don Pedro, and Middlesex District Attorney Martha Coakley as Dogberry the Constable. 

Also appearing will be U.S. District Court Judge Nancy Gertner,  Massachusetts Appeals Court Justice David Mills, Massachusetts Superior Court Judges Carol Ball and Paul Chernoff, Massachusetts Land Court Judge Alexander H. Sands III, and attorneys Daniel Kelly, Harvey Silverglate, J.W. Carney, Jr., Leonard Lewin, Joan Lukey, and David Yas.

The Federalist Society is founded on the principles that the state exists to preserve freedom, that the separation of governmental powers is central to the United States Constitution, and that it is emphatically the province and duty of the judiciary to say what the law is, not what it should be.

The award-winning Commonwealth Shakespeare Company will bring "Much Ado About Nothing" to Boston audiences this summer in 23 free performances from Saturday, July 10, through Sunday, August 1, as part of its annual Shakespeare on Boston Common series. 

CSC will also bring its production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" to Boston neighborhoods this summer, free of charge and open to all, in its third annual Tour of the Parks program.

For more information, call the Wang Center at 617-482-9393.

-- OnStage Boston



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