In Verona, Proteus and Valentine are the best of friends. One day, Valentine decides to leave home and seek his fortune in Milan, where he promptly falls in love with Silvia, the daughter of the Emperor. Back in Verona, Proteus is in love with Julia, who is equally enamored with him. When Antonio, Proteus’s father, decides to send his son to Milan, the decision delays the budding romance, and Proteus joins Valentine in the Emperor’s court. As soon as he arrives in Milan, Proteus promptly forgets his love for Julia, and becomes immediately infatuated with Silvia (who is in love with Valentine, his best friend). The events tumble down a rabbit-hole which involves midnight serenades, crossdressing disguises, emo bandits, and a dog who enjoys peeing on the garments of others. All is brought to a boil in a finale where drama and betrayal create a climax both revelatory and unsettling, as the limitations of romance are interrogated and the weaponization of forgiveness exposed.
THE SYT 2019 SUMMER ENSEMBLE
Lucas Bueling · Ulla Collins · Louisa Darr · Pip Edmund · Garrett Haynes · Tydus Kelcher · Ilse Prokosch · Abraham Riker · Ashlyn Walters · Blake Walters · Muggs (the Dog)
+ Creative Team
Lukas Brasherfons · Josh Dudley · Claudia Errickson · Ash Kaun · Alison Ruth · Maria Signorelli · Kevin Springer
THE TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA
JULY 18 - 21, 2019
Performed at Shakespearean Youth Theatre
550 Vandalia Street, #306
Saint Paul 55114
JULY 18, 19, 20 @ 7:00pm
JULY 21 @ 2:00pm
With a special performance at the Great River Shakespeare Festival on Saturday, July 27th at 11:00am
The Two Gentlemen of Verona sends us down a rough and thorny path of teenage love and deception that begins as a rosy rom-com and descends into a dark night of the soul. One of Shakespeare's earliest plays (possibly his first), and one of the most experimental and socially potent works he ever created, The Two Gentlemen of Verona shows us a loss of innocence experienced by a group of young people in the final blushes of adolescence.
This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.