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Written by Nancy Mayfield   
Thursday, 10 October 2013 08:37

October 19, 2013 - (Coralville, IA) – The Coralville Center for the Performing Arts will present Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing on Friday, October 18th at 8 PM & midnight.  The 8 PM show features a special performance by the inimitable Megan Gogerty.  Tickets cost only $8, and are available via the CCPA Box Office: 319-248-9370.  The Box Office is open Wed/Thurs/Fri 11:00-1:00 & 4:00-6:00, and Saturdays 12:00-4:00, and one hour before ticketed performances.  Tickets are also available online 24 hours a day at

“Joss Whedon has a huge fan base in this area,” explains Nancy Mayfield, Patron Services Supervisor at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts.  “But when Whedon’s long-awaited film adaptation of Much Ado About Nothing was released in theaters, fans were devastated to learn that the closest showing was in Des Moines.  We are so thrilled to be able to present the film here in Coralville on the big screen.  Within hours of announcing our intentions, local Whedon fans were so enthusiastic we decided to add a midnight showing.”

“Having Megan Gogerty open the 8:00 show will be a special treat,” Mayfield continues.  “For the first time in years, she will perform from her Buffy the Vampire Slayer tribute album, I Miss Buffy.   Her songs are as hilarious and engaging as her plays.  The last time I saw her onstage, I laughed until I cried.”


Writer/director Joss Whedon gives William Shakespeare's beloved battle-of-the-sexes comedy a contemporary makeover in this feature adaptation starring Amy Acker and Alexis Denisof. 2012, PG-13.

In the wake of an eventful trip abroad, Claudio (Fran Kranz) and Benedick (Denisof) arrive safely back in their hometown of Messina, where Claudio wastes no time declaring his love for Hero (Jillian Morgese). Alas, when clever Benedick learns that his friend has poured his heart out to the daughter of powerful governor Leonato (Clark Gregg), he chides his old friend relentlessly over the syrupy assertion while engaging Leonato's outspoken niece Beatrice (Acker) in a series of spirited debates. Meanwhile, somewhere amidst all of the pointed insults and playful barbs, something that strangely resembles true love seems to blossom between Benedick and Beatrice.


Joseph Hill "Joss" Whedon (born June 23, 1964) is an American screenwriterfilm antelevision producer, director, comic book authorcomposer, and actor. He is the founder of Mutant Enemy Productions and co-founder of Bellwether Pictures. He is best known as the creator of the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997–2003), Angel (1999–2004), Firefly (2002–2003), Dollhouse (2009–2010) and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2013–present) as well as Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog (2008). Whedon co-wrote Toy Story (1995), wrote and directed Serenity (2005), co-wrote and produced the horror film The Cabin in the Woods (2012), and wrote and directed the film adaptation of Marvel'sThe Avengers (2012), the third highest-grossing film of all time.

Whedon is notable for his work in the comic books Astonishing X-MenBuffy the Vampire Slayer comicsAngel: After the Fall and Runaways, and his collaborations in online media. Many of Whedon's projects have cult status.


The 8 PM event will feature a special introduction by the inimitable Megan Gogerty.  Gogerty is a playwright, monologuist, and songwriter. She will perform from her Buffy the Vampire Slayer tribute album, I Miss Buffy.


Owned and operated by the City of Coralville, the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts is dedicated to enriching the community and contributing to the vitality of Coralville by offering an accessible, affordable venue for a variety of performances, presentations, and public and private events.  The 472 seat theater opened August 26, 2011 and has hosted performances from City Circle Acting Company, Orchestra Iowa, Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre, Dan Knight, Lola Astanova, Lorie Line, Judy Carmichael, Jim McDonough, Nolte Academy of Dance, and many others.  Coralville schools are also able to use the Center free of charge up to three times per year; 16 school events took place at the Center in the 2012-2013 school year. The Center was named 2012 Member of the Year by the Iowa City/Coralville Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.


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