ASC's Two Gentleman From Verona poster

Hartwick Theatre to Present ASC’s “Two Gentlemen”

September 22, 2016

The Hartwick College Department of Theatre Arts will present The American Shakespeare Center (ASC) On Tour’s production of Shakespeare’s The Two Gentlemen of Verona. The performance will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, October 2, in the Slade Theater, Yager Hall, on the College campus. A live pre-show program will begin at 7 p.m., during which the performers play instruments and perform music. Tickets are free for Hartwick students, $5 for Hartwick faculty and staff, and $10 for the general public.

The show is directed by ASC Guest Director Jemma Alix Levy.

When long-distance love tangles the heartstrings of the play’s title characters, it takes two clever women, a pair of devoted servants, and a dog to make things right. Shakespeare tries out some of his most popular ideas for the first time in this early comedy. Jealous lovers, a cross-dressing heroine, and a daring escape into the forest make The Two Gentlemen of Verona simultaneously a familiar and completely refreshing trip.

Levy thinks the real love story here is that between two friends. “Valentine and Proteus are best friends; they love each other – more than they can or will love anyone else, ever,” she says. “Because love is confusing, friendship is confusing, and life is confusing. When all these elements get tangled together, the comedy grows exponentially.”

The ASC is an established, professional theatre company based in Staunton, VA. It utilizes Shakespeare’s staging conditions that typically involve breaking boundaries between the audience and performers. The Two Gentlemen of Verona is one of three shows the Center will be performing on its Hungry Hearts Tour. They will be performing at venues across the mid-Atlantic and New England regions from September – November 2016, then from January – April 2017 in the south and midwest.

This will be ASC’s only area performance of The Two Gentlemen of Verona. To reserve tickets, call (607) 431-4227 or email theatre@hartwick.edu.

For more information about the American Shakespeare Center and its productions, visit its website.