|Two Gentlemen Of Verona
| Open: 08/04/10 Close: 08/22/10
The award-winning JUDITH SHAKESPEARE COMPANY NYC, founded in 1995, returns to the NYC stage – for their first full Shakespeare production in six years! – with the gender-reversed romantic comedyTwo Gentlemen of Verona, August 4-22 at TBG Theatre (312 West 36th Street). JSC Artistic Director Joanne Zipay directs this comedy of youthful love and passion, betrayal and heartbreak, friendship and forgiveness. Tickets are $25 at SMARTTIX or at the door(Reservations strongly suggested, as seating is limited.) This production is made possible by the generous support of the New York State Council on the Arts, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, Mr. Charles E. Bockwith and JSC’s individual donors.
“Even so by love the young and tender wit
Is turned to folly…” Act 1, Scene 1
Love. Love. Love.
Proteus loves Julia - and Julia loves Proteus.
Valentine loves Silvia - and Silvia loves Valentine.
Valentine and Proteus are best friends.
Love. Love. Love.
But wait! - Now Proteus loves Silvia, his best friend’s girl – passionately!
– and he’s about to betray everything he’s ever known about “love.”
JSC returns joyously to clowning in their first full Shakespeare production in six years! Featuring the company’s signature gender-reverse casting for the first time in a romantic comedy -- with a splash of commedia dell’arte, live music, and heck, even a real live dog! It doesn’t get much more fun than this.
In JSC’s Two Gents, the women portray the men and the men portray the women. The cast features Sheila Joon as Proteus, Alvin Chan as Julia, Rachael Hip-Flores as Valentine, Hunter Gilmore as Silvia, Alexandra Devin as Lance, Suzanne Hayes as Speed, Marie Bridget Dundon as the Duke of Milan, Bill Galarno as Lucetta/Outlaw, Amy Driesler as Turio, Natasha Yannacanedo as Sir Eglamour/Antonio/Outlaw, Peggy Suzuki as Pantino/Host/Outlaw, and Candide as Crab the dog.
Two Gents will feature an original guitar score, performed live each night by its composer, Austin Moorhead. The eclectic look of the show, influenced by a “modern commedia” aesthetic, is designed by Ashley Betton (Costumes), Joshua David Bishop (Sets), and Lois Catanzaro (Lights). Supporting the work of the cast and director are JSC’s own Elizabeth Mozer (Movement Coach), Jane Titus (Cross-Gender Consultant), Dan O’Driscoll (Fight Choreographer), and Alithea Phillips (Voice Coach).
“…a passion and mastery of the text which is awe-inspiring.” -- British Theatre Guide 2002
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About the Company: Judith Shakespeare Company
Judith Shakespeare Company, founded in 1995, is committed to bringing Shakespeare's language to life with clarity and vitality, while expanding the presence of women in classical theatre.