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The Two Gentlemen of Verona

The Two Gentlemen of Verona

"flawless...fun-filled...outstanding" - The Berkshire Edge

"a near perfect production...an absolute delight" -CurtainUp

Boy meets girl. Boy loves girl. Boy’s best friend meets girl and also loves girl. Hilarity ensues as love is professed, secret plans are made, and friendships are betrayed. This early romantic comedy takes a gleeful look at the fickle nature of young love and features one of Shakespeare’s most engaging comic heroines, two of his funniest clowns, and the best role ever for a dog.

Cast: Kate Abbruzzese, Peter Andersen, Jason Asprey, Erick Avari, Thomas Brazzle, Michael Fuchs, Deaon Griffin-Pressley, John Hadden, Tamara Hickey, Cloteal Horne, Shahar Isaac, Bella Merlin, Ryan Winkles, Dylan Wittrock

Photos & Videos

Ella Hadden. First rehearsal. The Two Gentlemen of Verona. Shakespeare & Company 2016. Photo by Ava G. Lindenmaier.

Shahar Isaac. The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Rehearsal. Shakespeare & Company 2016. Photo by Ava G. Lindenmaier.

Thomas Brazzle and Kate Abbruzzese. The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Rehearsal. Shakespeare & Company 2016. Photo by Ava G. Lindenmaier.

The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Rehearsal. Shakespeare & Company 2016. Photo by Ava G. Lindenmaier.

Bella Merlin. The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Rehearsal. Shakespeare & Company 2016. Photo by Ava G. Lindenmaier.

Ryan Winkles and Thomas Brazzle. The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Rehearsal. Shakespeare & Company 2016. Photo by Ava G. Lindenmaier.

Kate Abbruzzese and Tamara Hickey. The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Rehearsal. Shakespeare & Company 2016. Photo by Ava G. Lindenmaier.

Ryan Winkles and Thomas Brazzle. The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Rehearsal. Shakespeare & Company 2016. Photo by Ava G. Lindenmaier.

Artists

Kate Abbruzzese

Kate Abbruzzese

(Julia) fourth season with S&Co: Portia, Casca Julius Caesar; title role Hamlet; Susie Parasite Drag. Off Broadway: Ann Weis Scotty; Carl Linnaeus My Favorite Character Was the Talking Vase. Regional: Lizzy Bennet Pride and Prejudice (Baltimore Center Stage); Miranda, the Tempest , Allie Dairyland (Chautauqua Theatre Company); Perdita, The more(Julia) fourth season with S&Co: Portia, Casca Julius Caesar; title role Hamlet; Susie Parasite Drag. Off Broadway: Ann Weis Scotty; Carl Linnaeus My Favorite Character Was the Talking Vase. Regional: Lizzy Bennet Pride and Prejudice (Baltimore Center Stage); Miranda, the Tempest , Allie Dairyland (Chautauqua Theatre Company); Perdita, The Winter’s Tale(Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival); title role Sylvia (Florida Studio Theatre); Desdemona Othello (Tennessee Shakespeare Festival). Recipient of the Molly Thatcher Kazan Memorial Award, the Ron Van Lieu Scholarship, and the Olympia Dukakis Scholarship. MFA in NYU Graduate Acting (Class of 2015).

Peter Andersen

Peter Andersen

(Pantheno) Second season with S&Co. Previous roles: Ensemble, Shakespeare and the Language that Shaped a World; Laertes, Hamlet; Avery, The Flick (Company One), Peter, Henry VI Pt 2 (Actor’s Shakespeare Project); Aaron, Titus Androncisu (The Humanist Project); Cassius, Julius Caesar (Emerson College); and Brutus, Julius Caesar (S&Co Conservatory). Peter obtained more(Pantheno) Second season with S&Co. Previous roles: Ensemble, Shakespeare and the Language that Shaped a World; Laertes, Hamlet; Avery, The Flick (Company One), Peter, Henry VI Pt 2 (Actor’s Shakespeare Project); Aaron, Titus Androncisu (The Humanist Project); Cassius, Julius Caesar (Emerson College); and Brutus, Julius Caesar (S&Co Conservatory). Peter obtained his BFA in Acting from Emerson College. He has worked as an administrator and educator for Steppenwolf Theatre Company, and has worked at TimeLine Theatre, Huntington Theatre Company and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival as an assistant director. He also runs the popular Shakespeare in the Pub series in New York and Boston. As a director Peter has created several immersive pieces including The Cafe Collections and O/A: The Sophocles Project. Visit his webpage at: www.PeterGAndersen.com

Martin Jason Asprey

Martin Jason Asprey

(Speed) twenty-fourth season (Calaban, The Tempest; Cloten, Cymbeline). Recent S&Co: Graziano, The Merchant of Venice; Speed, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Priest, Mother of the Maid; Cassius, Julius Caesar; Ferdinand, Love’s Labour’s Lost; Derek, Accomplice; Richard Hannay, The 39 Steps; Parasite Drag; Frank, The Memory of Water; Autolycus, The Winter’s more(Speed) twenty-fourth season (Calaban, The Tempest; Cloten, Cymbeline). Recent S&Co: Graziano, The Merchant of Venice; Speed, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Priest, Mother of the Maid; Cassius, Julius Caesar; Ferdinand, Love’s Labour’s Lost; Derek, Accomplice; Richard Hannay, The 39 Steps; Parasite Drag; Frank, The Memory of Water; Autolycus, The Winter’s Tale; Lord Hastings/Oxford, Richard III and Hamlet (Title Role). Recent Regional: Cassius, Julius Caesar (Orlando Shakespeare Theatre); Robert, Betrayal (Nora Theatre); Eduard Einstein, Einstein’s Dreams (Culture Project NYC) and Mercutio, Romeo and Juliet (Swine Palace), and Theatre in England, where he has also worked in TV and film.

Erick Avari

Erick Avari

(Duke) First season with S&Co. Erick owes his training and success in the industry to Shakespeare & Company and is delighted to be returning after 35 years. Broadway: The King & I, Rasputin. Off Broadway: A Map of the World, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and 'Tis Pity She’s a Whore more(Duke) First season with S&Co. Erick owes his training and success in the industry to Shakespeare & Company and is delighted to be returning after 35 years. Broadway: The King & I, Rasputin. Off Broadway: A Map of the World, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and 'Tis Pity She’s a Whore (Joe Papp’s Public Theater). The Mormon Project (for Mabou Mines); The Screens (Guthrie Theater); To Die for Grenada (Cleveland Playhouse). Film: Stargate, The Mummy, Mr. Deeds, Daredevil, Planet Of The Apes, Hachi: A Dog’s Story. TV: Heroes, The Brink, Star Trek (TNG, DS9 & Enterprise), SG1, Madam Secretary etc.

Thomas Brazzle

Thomas Brazzle

(Proteus)

fifth season (Macduff, Macbeth; Oliver/Aubrey, As You Like It) S&Co: Posthumous, Cymbeline; Sebastian, The Tempest, Proteus, Two Gentlemen of Verona; Gobbo, The Merchant of Venice; Richard II; Walter, Kaufman’s Barbershop. Regional: Treasure Island (Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park); Edmund, King Lear (Guthrie Theater); Grand Concourse; The Droll (WAM

more(Proteus)

fifth season (Macduff, Macbeth; Oliver/Aubrey, As You Like It) S&Co: Posthumous, Cymbeline; Sebastian, The Tempest, Proteus, Two Gentlemen of Verona; Gobbo, The Merchant of Venice; Richard II; Walter, Kaufman’s Barbershop. Regional: Treasure Island (Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park); Edmund, King Lear (Guthrie Theater); Grand Concourse; The Droll (WAM Theatre Fresh Takes Series); Franco Wicks, Superior Donuts; Alonzo, World Premiere of Look Away (TheatreSquared); Reggie, Sam (New Play Fest, Portland Stage); Cassius, Julius Caesar; Axel, The Pelican; Aaron, Titus (NYC); Tybalt, Romeo and Juliet; Borachio, Much Ado About Nothing; Alsatian Fogerty, Peter Pan. Thomas can be seen this fall in the feature length film Artifact. He is a NYC playwright, Artistic Director of Whet Ink Productions (www.whetink.com), and holds an MFA from UCONN. www.thomasbrazzle.com

Jonathan Croy

Jonathan Croy

(Director)

thirty-second season (Macbeth, Macbeth; Associate Director of Education) A Company member since 1982, Jon has played more than 70 roles in over 60 plays at Shakespeare & Company, including: Michael (God of Carnage), Uncle Billy/Old Man Potter (It’s a Wonderful Life); Pistol/French King, (Henry V); John of Gaunt,

more(Director)

thirty-second season (Macbeth, Macbeth; Associate Director of Education) A Company member since 1982, Jon has played more than 70 roles in over 60 plays at Shakespeare & Company, including: Michael (God of Carnage), Uncle Billy/Old Man Potter (It’s a Wonderful Life); Pistol/French King, (Henry V); John of Gaunt, (Richard II); Gloucester, (King Lear); Morris, (Kaufman’s Barbershop); Dr. Watson, (The Hound of the Baskervilles.) Directing credits with the Company include The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Richard III, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), Twelfth Night, The Real Inspector Hound, Hamlet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The 39 Steps, Julius Caesar, Private Eyes, Romeo & Juliet, and Scapin. Additionally, Jon has created and directed numerous Northeast Regional Tour productions, worked with Shakespeare in the Courts, the Summer Training Institute, and our Young Companies.

Michael Fuchs

Michael Fuchs

(Antonio) First season with S&Co. New York: David, Company; Ensemble, Pantagleize; Regional: Antipholus of Syracuse, Comedy of Errors; Bridegroom Blood Wedding; Rev. John Witherspoon, 1776; Aslan The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe; Arnold Needham, No Sex Please, We’re British. Michael holds degrees from MIT, the University of Pennsylvania, and more(Antonio) First season with S&Co. New York: David, Company; Ensemble, Pantagleize; Regional: Antipholus of Syracuse, Comedy of Errors; Bridegroom Blood Wedding; Rev. John Witherspoon, 1776; Aslan The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe; Arnold Needham, No Sex Please, We’re British. Michael holds degrees from MIT, the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Leicester in the UK. He trained at New York’s HB Studio and at Shakespeare and Company, and is an Equity Membership Candidate.

Deaon  Griffin-Pressley

Deaon Griffin-Pressley

(Outlaw 3)

third season (Malcolm, Macbeth; Orlando, As You Like It) A New York City based actor/playwright/singer originally from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Off-Broadway and regional theatre include Actors’ Shakespeare Project: Richmond/Hastings +8; Richard III. Shakespeare & Company: Ferdinand, The Tempest; Pisanio +6, Cymbeline; Osric, Hamlet; Lorenzo, The Merchant of

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third season (Malcolm, Macbeth; Orlando, As You Like It) A New York City based actor/playwright/singer originally from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Off-Broadway and regional theatre include Actors’ Shakespeare Project: Richmond/Hastings +8; Richard III. Shakespeare & Company: Ferdinand, The Tempest; Pisanio +6, Cymbeline; Osric, Hamlet; Lorenzo, The Merchant of Venice. The Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre: Orsino, Twelfth Night; Hortensio, Taming of the Shrew. Hypokrit Theatre Company: Mercutio & Tybalt (rep), Romeo & Juliet. American Globe Theatre: Banquo, Macbeth. Film: Phasing (King Henry Productions), Stricken (New York Film Academy.) Deaon has studied theatre at the British American Drama Academy at Oxford University, with a full scholarship from the English Speaking Union. He has written over 10 plays including Satan Vs God, The Tragedy At HOOD:14542 (Hoodsical) & The False Brotherhood Trilogy and is a proud member of Actors’ Equity.

John Hadden

John Hadden

(Launce)

Founding Member (Arnold, HIR) John Hadden is a founding member of Shakespeare & Company, was co-founder/artistic director of Counterpoint Theater (Boston), artistic director of the Hubbard Hall Theater Co., and associate artist with We Players (San Francisco). He is a two-time “Berkie” winner who has worked as an

more(Launce)

Founding Member (Arnold, HIR) John Hadden is a founding member of Shakespeare & Company, was co-founder/artistic director of Counterpoint Theater (Boston), artistic director of the Hubbard Hall Theater Co., and associate artist with We Players (San Francisco). He is a two-time “Berkie” winner who has worked as an actor/director/teacher for 35 years in theaters here and abroad, as well as TV and radio, independent films, schools and universities. His own plays and a short film have won awards and have been seen at PS 122, LaMama, EST, Wharton Salon, BTG, Gloucester Stage, Nat’l Arts Club, Boston International Film Festival, etc. His writing has been published (Conversations with a Masked Man, Arcade 2016) and has appeared in literary journals. He is a New England States Touring Artist, Vermont Teaching Artist, member of the Authors Guild, and has deep ties with Main Street Arts and the New England Youth Theater, in southern Vermont. johnlhadden.com

Tamara Hickey

Tamara Hickey

(Lucetta)

third season (Georgie, Heisenberg) S&Co: Cymbeline, The Tempest, Merchant of Venice, Two Gentlemen of Verona; Regional: Appropriate, SpeakEasy Stage; God’s Ear (Elliot Norton Award, Best Actress & Best Production); Henry VIII, Pericles, Living In Exile, all for Actors’ Shakespeare Project; Rancho Mirage, New Repertory Theatre; Cabaret, American Repertory

more(Lucetta)

third season (Georgie, Heisenberg) S&Co: Cymbeline, The Tempest, Merchant of Venice, Two Gentlemen of Verona; Regional: Appropriate, SpeakEasy Stage; God’s Ear (Elliot Norton Award, Best Actress & Best Production); Henry VIII, Pericles, Living In Exile, all for Actors’ Shakespeare Project; Rancho Mirage, New Repertory Theatre; Cabaret, American Repertory Theatre (IRNE Award, Best Ensemble); Film: The Equalizer 2, Chappaquiddick, Good Kids, Irrational Man, We Don’t Belong Here, The Judge, In Your Eyes, Against The Ropes; TV: “Bull,” “The Secret Life Of Marilyn Monroe,” “Olive Kitteridge,” “Chasing Life,” “The Makeover,” “Gilded Lilys” (pilot), “Army Wives,” “One Life To Live.” Canadian TV: “Blue Murder” (Series Lead), “The Associates” (Series Lead.) MFA American Repertory Theatre. www.tamarahickey.com

Cloteal Horne

Cloteal Horne

(Sylvia) is pleased to be returning to S&Co for a third season: Comedy of Errors, A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Off-Broadway: The Steadfast (Slant Theatre Project); Dirty Blood (Billie Holiday Theatre). Regional: Saturday Night/Sunday Morning (Lyric Stage Company); She A Gem (New York Theatre Workshop); To Kill a Mockingbird (Weston Playhouse); more(Sylvia) is pleased to be returning to S&Co for a third season: Comedy of Errors, A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Off-Broadway: The Steadfast (Slant Theatre Project); Dirty Blood (Billie Holiday Theatre). Regional: Saturday Night/Sunday Morning (Lyric Stage Company); She A Gem (New York Theatre Workshop); To Kill a Mockingbird (Weston Playhouse); A Funny Thing Happened… (BarnStormers); The Clothesline Muse (Aion Productions); Little Row Boat (Huntington Theatre); How We Got On (CompanyOne); Romeo & Juliet (New Rep); Othello (Actors' Shake. Project). Holds a BFA from BU. She sends endless love to Mama Cloteal, her Fairy Godparents, and the Roots in her Life.

Shahar Isaac

Shahar Isaac

(Eglamore) First season with S&Co. Regional: Bar Giora, Yael Farber's Salome (Shakespeare Theatre Company); Our Town (George Street Playhouse). International: Valentine, Two Gentlemen of Verona (Shakespeare’s Globe, London). New York: Dancing Turtle (Winner of the Samuel French OOB Festival); The Djinns of Eidgah, Workshop (The Play Company). AlphaNYC: Oy!, Glee more(Eglamore) First season with S&Co. Regional: Bar Giora, Yael Farber's Salome (Shakespeare Theatre Company); Our Town (George Street Playhouse). International: Valentine, Two Gentlemen of Verona (Shakespeare’s Globe, London). New York: Dancing Turtle (Winner of the Samuel French OOB Festival); The Djinns of Eidgah, Workshop (The Play Company). AlphaNYC: Oy!, Glee Club. Players Theatre: A Story Conference in Pilot Season, The More Things Change. Workshop Theatre Company: The Medicine Show (Workshop). Film: Price For Freedom. Television: Person of Interest, Deadly Sins. Training: Rutgers University, BFA in Acting; Shakespeare’s Globe in London.

Bella Merlin

Bella Merlin

(Hostess/Outlaw 1) second season (The Queen and Arviragus, Cymbeline; Trinculo, The Tempest). S&Co: Nerissa (The Merchant of Venice); Outlaw (The Two Gentlemen of Verona). Regional: Margaret, Richard III; Nell, Nell Gwynne: A Dramatick Essaye on Acting and Prostitution. UK: Susanna Cibber, A Laughing Matter, 2nd Bereaved Mother, The Permanent Way more(Hostess/Outlaw 1) second season (The Queen and Arviragus, Cymbeline; Trinculo, The Tempest). S&Co: Nerissa (The Merchant of Venice); Outlaw (The Two Gentlemen of Verona). Regional: Margaret, Richard III; Nell, Nell Gwynne: A Dramatick Essaye on Acting and Prostitution. UK: Susanna Cibber, A Laughing Matter, 2nd Bereaved Mother, The Permanent Way (National Theatre); UK Regional: Masha, The Seagull; Celia As You Like It. Film: Mente Revolver. TV: Doctors (BBC); Casualty (BBC). Publications: The Complete Stanislavsky Toolkit; Facing the Fear: An Actor’s Guide to Overcoming Stage Fright. Training: Russian State University of Cinematography, Moscow. Bella holds a PhD from Birmingham University, UK, and is Professor of Acting and Directing at UC Riverside.

Ryan Winkles

Ryan Winkles

(Valentine)

twelfth season (Adolph, Creditors) S&Co: Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley (Arthur), Two Gentlemen of Verona (Valentine), Henry V (Henry V), It’s a Wonderful Life (Jazzbo), Complete Works (Ryan), Mother Courage (Swiss Cheese), Love’s Labour’s Lost (Dull), The Tempest (Ferdinand), King Lear (Edgar), As You Like It (Silvius), Hound

more(Valentine)

twelfth season (Adolph, Creditors) S&Co: Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley (Arthur), Two Gentlemen of Verona (Valentine), Henry V (Henry V), It’s a Wonderful Life (Jazzbo), Complete Works (Ryan), Mother Courage (Swiss Cheese), Love’s Labour’s Lost (Dull), The Tempest (Ferdinand), King Lear (Edgar), As You Like It (Silvius), Hound of the Baskervilles (Sir Henry), Irma Vep (Jane/Lord Edgar), The Learned Ladies (Trissotin), Richard III (Tyrrel/1st Murderer), Twelfth Night (Sir Andrew), Othello (Roderigo), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Flute). Regional: Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse: Visitors (Stephen); Elements Theatre Company: All My Sons (Chris), Merchant of Venice (Bassanio); Bridge Repertory Theatre: Mrs. Packard (Male Witnesses); Ark Theatre Company: Babylon Revisited (Lincoln); WAM Theatre: Old Mezzo (Joe); Madison Rep: Muskie Love (Claude); Milwaukee Chamber Theatre: Christmas Memory (Buddy), Misalliance (Bentley). Film/TV: Paper Birds; Doug Trumbull’s UFOTOG; “Time Traveling Bong” (Comedy Central). Ryan holds a BA from FSU, an MFA from UW-Madison, and is a proud member of Actors’ Equity.

Dylan Wittrock

Dylan Wittrock

(Thurio) First season with S&Co. Dylan grew up performing Shakespeare with his father and brother, and has acted in more plays than he can remember. He has performed at the Hollywood Bowl, performed improv at the Chicago Theater, and busked streets of the Royal Mile at the Fringe Festival in more(Thurio) First season with S&Co. Dylan grew up performing Shakespeare with his father and brother, and has acted in more plays than he can remember. He has performed at the Hollywood Bowl, performed improv at the Chicago Theater, and busked streets of the Royal Mile at the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland. Recent New York theater credits: Young Scrooge, A Christmas Carol (Titan Theater Company); Kent, Edward II (The Tank); Bill, A Long Goodbye by Tennessee Williams (The Williams Project at Theater Row); Idealism, Rough Draft (Improbable Stage at The Wild Project). Proud alumni of Atlantic Theater Company Acting School (Evening Conservatory, 2015-16).

"The undisputable fact about this play is that it is funny. Put a funny Shakespeare play into the talented hands of director Jonathan Croy and you are likely to get an even funnier show out of it...Croy’s directing of the ensemble is both flawless and relentless...it is one step this side of a laugh riot."

– The Berkshire Edge

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