Flatwater Shakespeare Presents "The Two Gentlemen of Verona"

The Flatwater Shakespeare Company presents "The Two Gentlemen of Verona" in the Swan Theatre at Wyuka, 3600 O Street in Lincoln, beginning Thursday, June 10, at 7:30 p.m. Performances continue Friday-Sunday, June 11-13; and Thursday-Sunday, June 17-20 and 24-27. All show times are 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors, and $10 for students. Call 484-7640 for reservations.

Recipient of a 2010 Nebraska Artist of the Year award, director Bob Hall has set this early, silly, but sophisticated comedy in the 1930s, where it fits comfortably in the Flatwater Shakespeareworld of Noel Coward and Cole Porter. In the movie "Shakespeare in Love," one character summarizes this play as "love and a bit with a dog." But much more is going on.

Maybe friendship is selfless while love is selfish. If so, a would-be lover can betray a friend and a former beloved, while attempting to force himself on his new beloved – all in the name of love. So gentleman Proteus makes sure that his friend, gentleman Valentine, is banished. He abandons the lady Julia and obsesses on the lady Silvia. Along the way, Julia assumes male disguise in order to follow Proteus, thus witnessing all his misdeeds. Somehow all this leads to a happy ending, with the help of a foolish rival, two clowns, several outlaws, and a dog named Crab.

The production features Gage Wallace and Darin Hemmer as Proteus and Valentine, the Two Gentlemen of the title, along with Maya Naff as Julia and Petrea Whittier as Silvia. Other performers include Flatwater regulars Will Bennett, Tom Crew, Robie Hayek, Clay Stevens, and Dustin Witte. Joining Flatwater for this show are Andy Dillehay, Mike Lee, Emily Martinez, and Bret Olsen. The stage manager is Michelle Zinke. Costumes are by Janice Stauffer, with set construction by Richard Imig and lighting design by Richard Schroder. The sound design is a collaboration between director Hall and dramaturg Stephen Buhler.

Flatwater Shakespeare is a professional not-for-profit theatre company, dedicated to bringing audiences the richness of the works of William Shakespeare as they were meant to be experienced – played out by a dynamic ensemble of performers on stage.

Date:
Saturday Jun 12, 2010 | 02:30 amSunday Jun 13,2010 | 02:30 amMonday Jun 14,2010 | 02:30 amFriday Jun 18,2010 | 02:30 amSaturday Jun 19,2010 | 02:30 amSunday Jun 20,2010 | 02:30 amMonday Jun 21,2010 | 02:30 amFriday Jun 25,2010 | 02:30 amSaturday Jun 26,2010 | 02:30 amSunday Jun 27,2010 | 02:30 amMonday Jun 28,2010 | 02:30 am
Location: The Swan Theatre at Wyuka | 3600
Cost: $18
Contact: Phone: (402) 484-7640
Website: www.flatwatershakespeare.org

Comments

June 10th 2010

Deb - You don't want to miss this fabulous performance. It is filled with opportunities for laughter! Opening night was packed with people, so don't delay in seeing this great Flatwater Shakespeare performance. Didn't realize that this was Shakespeare's first comedy. Taz, the dog in the production was adorable.

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