by William Shakespeare
Adapted and Directed by William Rauch
The Two Gentlemen of Verona is one of William Shakespeare’s earliest comedies. The story lends itself to a youthful interpretation. Most of the characters are little more than children themselves: impetuous, misguided and willful. The action is driven by all the ingredients for a coming of age love story: True love, separation, treachery, banishment, disguise, confrontation, reunion, redemption and two weddings.
SATE started working on The Two Gentlemen of Verona as a staged reading on a playground in Shaw Park. The swing set was Verona. A bridge with towers and slides at each end became the Duke’s palace in Milan. A huge hollow tree surrounded by rocks perfectly represented a forest on the frontier of Mantua. The set transformed the players into children acting out their elaborate make believe.
The fully-staged production of The Two Gentlemen of Verona was inspired by that experience. Bringing it inside required that the playground be replaced by a playroom. The child-like imagination remained, turning toys and games into locations, props and costumes. The roles of the two gentlemen were played by women along with other non-traditional casting. The script was been adapted to keep the action moving for audiences of all ages.
Valentine Chrissy Young
Proteus Kara Bellavia
Speed, Thurio, Outlaw Ellie Schwetye
Julia Tonya Darabcsek
Lucetta, Outlaw William Rauch, AEA
Antonio, Duke Holly Hill
Panthino, Host, Eglamour, Outlaw Michael Pierce
Silvia Rachel Tibbetts
Director William Rauch
Production Manager Christine Michael
Scenic Painters Annie Genovese, Kay Genovese
Set Construction Thom Schwetye
Box Office Kimberly C. Mason, Alexis Coleman