From the 2016-2017 Season:
The Two Gentlemen of Verona
Playing May 26, 2017 to June 11, 2017
$15 General Admission Preview May 25
Join us for one of Shakespeare's earliest and funniest plays. Watch and laugh as close friends Valentine and Proteus both pursue the Duke of Milan's beautiful daughter, Sylvia. See how Crab, "the sourest-natured dog that lives", provides one of the first examples of the animal stealing the show. Don’t miss this rarely produced comedy.
Join the cast and crew members for a lively Question and Answer session on Sunday June 4 after the show!
Read the Plot Synopsis
Synopsis for The Two Gentlemen of Verona
-from The Pocket Companion to Shakespeare’s Plays by J.C. Trewin
Valentine, seeking to be “tutor’d in the world,” goes with his servant Speed from Verona to Milan, saying goodbye to his friend Proteus. Presently, Proteus, enamored of Julia (as she is of him), is also ordered by his father to leave for Milan. There Valentine falls in love with the Duke’s daughter, Silvia; when Proteus arrives they tell him that because the Duke prefers a wealthier suitor, Thurio, they propose to elope.
Proteus, himself infatuated with Silvia, informs the Duke, who finds a rope ladder under Valentine’s cloak and banishes him. He becomes leader of a highly selective band of outlaws. Julia, who has followed Proteus disguised as a boy, hears Thurio’s musicians serenading Silvia with “Who is Silvia? What is she,/That all our swains commend her?” Proteus is listening and after Thurio has gone, he proclaims his love, which Silvia scorns, asking Sir Eglamour to conduct her to Valentine. Proteus, taking the disguised Julia (“Sebastian”) as his page, sends a message to Silvia who again rejects him.
The Duke pursues his escaping daughter and is captured by outlaws while she is rescued by Proteus. The watching Valentine attacks his treachery, then for a moment becomes all too magnanimous by giving up Silvia to him. Julia/Sebastian, swooning, reveals herself, the outlaws bring in the Duke who pardons them, and there is a correct pairing-off.
Directed by Drew Reeves
Performances May 26-June 11, 2017
Bardometer RatingHow difficult is this Shakespearean play to grasp? On a scale of 1 to 10.
What does rating this mean?
You may already know the story and what happens at the end. But even if you don’t, the play is light and the plot is easy to follow. Limited violence, limited bawdiness (see below). There are very few things – historical, religious, or political – that you need to know ahead of time. Just enjoy!
A note about bawdiness in Shakespeare: It exists. Despite what your English teacher taught you, Shakespeare wrote some pretty saucy lines and they pop up from time to time. While there is never any nudity on stage, our actors are trained to make the text clear. If we feel a show contains a plethora of Graphic Elizabethan Poetry (or is very bloody/violent/triggering) we will put that disclaimer in the blurb about the show. It won’t happen often. If this Bardometer lists a play as a 1 or 2, you can rest assured that it is an appropriate show for kids under ten.
Performances this season
- Much Ado About NothingPerformances begin March 03, 2017
- Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury TalesPerformances begin April 01, 2017
- The Comedy of ErrorsPerformances begin April 29, 2017
- The Two Gentlemen of VeronaPerformances begin May 26, 2017
- Richard The ThirdPerformances begin June 17, 2017