First Look: The Old Globe’s THE TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA

The Two Gentlemen of Verona directed by Mark Lamos opens Saturday, August 16 and runs through September 14, 2014 at The Old Globe in Balboa Park, San Diego. For tickets call (619) 23-GLOBE or visit www.TheOldGlobe.org. Break a leg!

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The cast of The Two Gentlemen of Verona. Photos by Jim Cox.

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L-R: Rusty Ross (Speed), Richard Ruiz (Launce) and Khloe Jezbera as Crab the dog

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Cast and Creative Team Announced for The Old Globe’s THE TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA

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L-R: Kristin Villanueva (Julia), Adam Kantor (Proteus), Britney Coleman (Silvia) and Hubert Point-Du Jour (Valentine). Photo by Jim Cox.

The Old Globe has announced the cast and creative team for Shakespeare’s The Two Gentlemen of Verona which will be presented in the outdoor Lowell Davies Festival Theatre, August 10 – September 14. Renowned director, Globe alumnus, and Tony Award nominee Mark Lamos (Compleat Female Stage Beauty, Pentecost, Resurrection Blues) returns to the Globe to direct one of Shakespeare’s most delightful and boisterous comedies.

Best friends Valentine and Proteus travel to the big city to seek their fortunes only to find themselves rivals, both madly in love with the beautiful Silvia, daughter of Milan’s most powerful duke. Two Gents is a fast-paced, exuberant tale of friendship, romance, and secret identities, featuring a band of outlaws, two bumbling servants, and one unforgettable dog.  More

Los Angeles Drama Club’s Young Actors Present RICHARD III and TWO GENTS

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Los Angeles Drama Club’s young Shakespearean actors will present their closing weekend of shows this Saturday and Sunday during Shakespeare Youth Festival, L.A. This is the country’s youngest Shakespeare Troupe doing sophisticated work. Go be inspired! You can even see them both in one day.

Sat/Sun, May 10 and 11
12:30 pm: TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA
3:30 pm: RICHARD III

All performances take place at The Lyric Theatre, 520 N. La Brea Ave.
For $2 off the $10 ticket price, mention Shakespeare in LA when you reserve your tickets HERE, For more about the company, visit www.losangelesdramaclub.com.

Shakespeare Youth Festival, L.A. Launches its Season on April 5

The country’s youngest Shakespeare Troupe, Los Angeles Drama Club, expands its season to include four plays this spring, including FREE performances of The Tempest at Club Fais Do Do (5253 W. Adams Blvd). In addition, the company will present A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Two Gentlemen of Verona, and Richard III at the Lyric Theatre (520 N. La Brea Ave). The Drama Club has been presenting full productions of the Bard’s plays since 2004. Now, ten years later, the group is a thriving non-profit organization, with more than 100 young people, ages 6 to 18, from across the city, “growing up with the Bard.” Here’s a look at their upcoming schedule.

April 5 – 6: The Tempest
A deposed nobleman creates a magical life on an island for himself and his exiled daughter – what should he do when the opportunity for revenge arises? From betrayal and oppression to forgiveness and freedom, get ready for an afternoon filled with drama, music, humor, adventure and magic. Fais Do Do.

April 12 – 13: Midsummer Night’s Dream
A mysterious forest, ruled over by a Fairy King and Queen, a bunch of “civilians” rehearsing a play, and four young runaways who get caught up in it all. Imagine this commonly performed play, performed in an uncommon way, early “silent film era” style in the days when the expression on an actor’s face told everything and more! The Lyric Theatre.

May 3 – 4: Richard III
Come discover why and how Richard III continues to fascinate generations of audiences. As is our culture, multiple Players will divide up the title role – representing his splintered self. The Lyric Theatre.

May 10 – 11: Two Gentlemen of Verona
One of Shakespeare’s “romantic” (yet not so romantic) comedies, this play uncovers the possible disasters when one has to choose between loyalty to a friend and one’s own desires and agenda when the two are at cross-purposes. Full of iconic, large and colorful characters and lots of music, it includes one of Shakespeare’s first cross-dressing heroines, and a couple of scene-stealing clowns. The Lyric Theatre.

For more information about the season, visit www.losangelesdramaclub.com.

Audition Update: The Old Globe, Pacific Repertory Theatre

THE OLD GLOBE is holding AEA auditions in Los Angeles on January 3, 2014 for is 2014 summer season which includes Othello, Two Gentlemen of Verona and Quartet. Auditions will be held at Screenland Studios, 10501 Burbank Blvd. in North Hollywood from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm. Sign in begins at 9:00 am. Please prepare (2) one-minute contrasting monologues. Performers of all ethnic and racial backgrounds are encouraged to attend. For complete casting information, go to www.actorsequity.org. www.theoldglobe.org

PACIFIC REP in Carmel, CA is holding EPA auditions for its 2014 Main Stage Season on January 6, 2014. Auditions will take place at Pacific Repertory Theatre, Cassanova St. between 8th and 9th in Carmel, CA 93922 in the Circle Theatre from Noon – 6:00 PM. For an audition appointment call (831) 662-0100, Tuesday-Friday, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. The season includes The Winter’s Tale, Venus in Fur, Evie’s Waltz, and The Servant of Two Masters. Please prepare 2 contrasting pieces (1 classical preferable). Performers of all ethnic and racial backgrounds are encouraged to attend. For more info go to www.actorsequity.org or www.pacrep.org.

The Old Globe Announces Its 2014 Summer Season

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Mark Lamos

The Old Globe has announced its 2014 summer season which will feature artistic director Barry Edelstein’s Summer Shakespeare Festival directorial debut with Shakespeare’s tragedy Othello. Presented in the outdoor Lowell Davies Festival Theatre, the Festival will also include Shakespeare’s comedy The Two Gentlemen of Verona, directed by Globe alumnus and Tony Award nominee Mark Lamos (Compleat Female Stage Beauty, Pentecost, Resurrection Blues).

Othello and Two Gentlemen of Verona will feature distinct scenery and casts, each with its own separate run. This is a return to the Globe’s outdoor theater’s producing structure of 1988 to 2003 under then-artistic director Jack O’Brien. Says Edelstein, “By returning to two free-standing productions, our artists will be provided greater latitude in their responses to Shakespeare, encouraging them to take each play on its own terms, creating unique worlds with production designs that suit the individual plays. This approach will immerse audiences in these timeless stories and the singular visions these artists bring to them.”  More

Who Stole the Show in The Troubies’ Two Gentlemen of Chicago?

Matt Walker, Christine Lakin, Monica Schneider, and Rob Nagle. Photos by Chelsea Sutton

The inspired mockery of the Troubadour Theatre Company’s latest production Two Gentlemen of Chicago proves that a great idea never gets old. Following their highly successful formula of combining Shakespeare’s text with iconic music and mining it for laughs; they have once again concocted a show that hits its target from every angle. With an abundance of pop culture references, topical humor, and plenty of in-the-moment improv, it’s got classic Troubie written all over it. Oh, and did I mention there’s a dog? That can only mean that this time they’ve taken Shakespeare’s earliest comedy, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, a play that already contains an abundance of the absurd, and thrown it in the pot with Chicago’s classic hits of the ‘70s and ‘80s, complete with wah wah pedal and brass section. And what a mix it makes. In balancing its many parts, it’s hard to say who or what steals the show more often.  More

The Troubies are Back with Two Gentlemen of Chicago

If you’ve never seen a Troubie show, here’s your chance to get in on the fun! Their latest creation is Two Gentlemen of Chicago, directed by Matt Walker for the Falcon Theatre. The Ovation Award-winning theater company is putting their signature spin on Shakespeare’s rockin’ romantic comedy Two Gentlemen of Verona and mixing it up with music of Chicago. 

When friends Proteus and Valentine give up another Saturday in the Park and head to the big city of Milan, Proteus’ love Julia protests with, “If You Leave Me Now who will Colour My World?” Proteus proclaims, “I Don’t Wanna Live Without Your Love but I’m A Man and must go!” Meanwhile in Milan, the sour-on-love Valentine finds new Beginnings when he encounters the lovely Silvia. But when Proteus meets Silvia, he falls for her as well, and his beloved Julia is NOT such a Hard Habit to Break. Mayhem ensues when both men tell Silvia, “You’re the Inspiration”. This is a Once in a Lifetime chance and the Troubies are Wishing You Were Here!

The show begins previews March 14 and will open Friday, March 23 at 8pm and continue through Sunday, April 22. Tickets go on sale February 22 and can be purchased online at  www.FalconTheatre.com or by calling  818- 955-8101. Long live the Troubies!

ISC’s The Two Gentlemen of Verona opens Oct 8th

Independent Shakespeare Company presents an intimate rendition of Shakespeare’s goofiest play, The Two Gentlemen of Verona. This Verona is a place worth visiting…there’s a cross-dressing heroine, a princess locked in a tower, a gang of linguistically challenged outlaws, a party boy crowned king of the forest, an extravagant Spaniard, a cold-hearted dog…and love found, love lost, and love found again.

Come opening night Saturday, October 8 to either performance (at 5:00 or 8:00 pm) and celebrate with a free Verona Kiss…the signature cocktail of the production. Melissa Chalsma directs the production which features features Philip Briggs, Joseph Culliton, Freddy Douglas, Mary Guilliams, Andre Martin, David Melville, Sean Pritchett, Erwin Tuazon, and Claudia Vazquez.

The Two Gentlemen of Verona runs October 8 – November 12, Saturdays only at 5:00 pm and 8:00 pm at Independent Shakespeare Studio, Atwater Crossing Arts and Innovation Complex, 3191 Casitas Blvd. Suite 168, Los Angeles, 90039. Admission is $20. Click Here for tickets and directions or call 818-710-6306.

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