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American Shakespeare Center on Tour presents: The Two Gentlemen of Verona

When Oct 16, 2016
from 02:00 PM to 04:00 PM
Where Eisenhower Auditorium
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Local dog and Shakespearean actors team up to perform Two Gentlemen of Verona

University Park, Pa.—A nationally renowned troupe of actors on tour from the American Shakespeare Center will come to campus to perform William Shakespeare’s Two Gentlemen of Verona. The classically trained thespians will take the stage alongside a special canine guest on loan from PAWS, the local animal rescue shelter. The production will take place on Sunday, October 16th at 2:00 pm in Eisenhower Auditorium.

 

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 Two Gentlemen of Verona simultaneously a classic and edgy trip.

 

ASC Guest Director Jemma Alix Levy thinks the real love story here is that between two friends. “Nowadays we expect this kind of intense friendship primarily in little girls. In Shakespeare's day, however, relationships like this were prevalent in grown men. And I think that is where our confusion with this play lies. Valentine and Proteus are best friends, but not in a buddy-movie kind of way. They love each other—more than they can or will love anyone else, ever—but they are not gay. Julia and Sylvia are the objects of their sexual attraction, but when it comes down to a choice, the protocol of Elizabethan friendship insists that Proteus and Valentine should always choose each other.”

 

Since 1988, the American Shakespeare Center has toured the country with shows incorporating Shakespeare’s staging conditions. Based out of Staunton, VA, the company mission is to recover the joys and accessibility of Shakespeare’s theatre, language, and humanity by exploring the English Renaissance stage and its practices through performance and education. The ASC’s Blackfriars Playhouse, the world’s only re-creation of Shakespeare’s indoor theatre, is open year-round for productions of classic plays, which have been hailed by The Washington Post as “shamelessly entertaining.”

 

Acquire free tickets in advance from Eisenhower Auditorium by calling 814-863-0255. The event is sponsored by the Penn State English Department.