Two Gentlemen of Verona
Directed by Eve Muson
When the two gents, Valentine and Proteus, leave Verona to seek their fortunes in Milan, their boyhood friendship turns to rivalry when they both fall in love with the Duke’s daughter, Sylvia—even though she is promised to a rich suitor and Proteus is already engaged to his hometown sweetheart, Julia. Proteus sets out to betray both friend and fiancée, only to find that Julia and Sylvia have a thing or two to teach him about loyalty and love. One quick-witted (and one not-so-quick-witted) servant, some bawdy outlaws, and a faithful canine companion make this one of Shakespeare’s most lighthearted romantic comedies.
The Two Gentlemen of Verona addresses those timeless questions in Shakespeare’s works centered around love, friendship, adolescence and identity. What does it mean to be in a long distance relationship? How do you manage living on your own for the first time? Set in imagined renaissance Italy, this production melds past and present, transcends time and blends music and dance. A visual mash-up of time periods, the play explores what happens when the bonds of friendship and fidelity are put to the test.
Thursday, April 18, 4 pm (free performance for the UMBC community)
Friday, April 19, 8 pm
Saturday, April 20, 8 pm
Sunday, April 21, 2 pm (talkback following the performance)
Thursday, April 25, 8 pm
Friday, April 26, 8 pm
Saturday, April 27, 8 pm