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Shakespeare & Company Presents The Two Gentlemen of Verona by William Shakespeare

Performances Run August 4 through September 4, 2016

(Lenox, MA) - Shakespeare & Company presents The Two Gentlemen of Verona, beginning Thursday August 4th. Written by William Shakespeare, and directed by Co-Artistic Director Jonathan Croy, this early romantic comedy takes a gleeful look at the fickle nature of young love, playing in-the-round at the Tina Packer Playhouse through September 4, 2016.

"The Two Gentlemen of Verona is a terrific little comedy, and one that you don’t get to see very often,” said Director Jonathan Croy. "It’s a play about four young people stumbling around the maze of love and longing, with full hearts and broken ones. It’s about deep friendships and betrayals just as deep. It’s about true love and infatuation. There are two love triangles, two fathers tripping over their desire to do right by their children, two of Shakespeare’s greatest clowns, and a dog!"

Croy’s production of The Two Gentlemen of Verona features Company veteran Ryan Winkles as Valentine, with a cast of long-time Company actors including, Kate Abbruzzese (Julia), Peter Andersen (Pantheno), Jason Asprey (Speed), Erick Avari (Duke), Thomas Brazzle (Proteus), John Hadden (Launce), and Cloteal L. Horne (Sylvia). Actors new to the Company in 2016 include, Tamara Hickey (Lucetta), Shahar Isaac (Eglamore), Michael Fuchs (Antonio), Deaon Griffin-Pressley (Outlaw) Bella Merlin (Outlaw), andDylan Wittrock (Thurio). The creative team includes Kris Stone (Set Design), Matthew Miller (Lighting Design), Iain Fisher (Sound Design), Stella Schwartz (Costume Design), Susan Dibble (Choreography) and original music by Luke Reed.

With a running time just under three hours including intermission, tickets for The Two Gentlemen of Verona are available online at www.shakespeare.org, or by calling Shakespeare & Company at (413) 637-3353 during box office hours. The Playhouse is newly configured in-the-round, air conditioned and wheelchair accessible. Shakespeare & Company is located at 70 Kemble Street in Lenox, Massachusetts.

AT A GLANCE:

Production: The Two Gentlemen of Verona

Playwright: William Shakespeare

Director: Jonathan Croy

Set Design: Kris Stone

Costume Design: Stella Schwartz

Lighting Design: Matthew Miller

Sound Design: Iain Fisher

Original Music: Luke Reed

Movement/Choreography: Susan Dibble

Voice Coach: Gwendolyn Schwinke

Stage Manager: Laura Kathryne Gomez

CAST:

Julia: Kate Abbruzzese

Pantheno: Peter Andersen

Speed: Jason Asprey

Duke: Erick Avari

Proteus: Thomas Brazzle

Antonio: Michael Fuchs

Outlaw: Deaon Griffin-Pressley

Launce: John Hadden

Lucetta: Tamara Hickey

Sylvia: Cloteal Horne

Eglamore: Shahar Isaac

Outlaw: Bella Merlin

Valentine: Ryan Winkles

Thurio: Dylan Wittrock

THE TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA SCHEDULE:

August

4 – 7:30pm PREVIEW

5 – 2:00pm PREVIEW

7 – 7:30pm PREVIEW

11 – 7:30pm PREWVIEW

12 – 7:30pm PRESS OPENING

13 – 2:00pm

18 – 7:30pm

19 – 7:30pm

20 – 2:00pm

24 – 7:30pm

25 – 7:30pm

26 – 7:30pm

27 – 7:30pm

28 – 2:00pm

31 – 7:30pm

September

1 – 7:30pm

2 – 7:30pm

3 – 7:30pm

4 – 2:00pm CLOSING

About Shakespeare & Company

Located in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts, Shakespeare & Company is one of the largest Shakespeare Festivals in the country. Founded in 1978, the organization attracts tens of thousands of patrons annually. The Company is also home to a renowned Center for Actor Training, as well as an award-winning Education Program. More information is available at www.shakespeare.org.

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Shakespeare & Company is a professional live theatre company in the heart of the Berkshires, presenting a vibrant summer performance season featuring the works of Shakespeare in repertory with classic and contemporary plays. The Company offers one of the most extensive actor training programs by a regional theatre in the country, and is also home to an award-winning and nationally recognized theatre-in-education program.

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