Young Shakespeare presents

Two Gentlemen of Verona

 

June 19 - 28, 2020

at The Curtain Theatre

Fridays - Sundays at 8 pm

(additional performance Thursday, June 25)

Austin Shakespeare's intensive summer performance group for students, ages 11-19 returns for the summer of 2020 with a production of Shakespeare's comedy performed with songs, Two Gentlemen of Verona. This intensive month-long experience culminates in a student-performed, professionally staged production at The Curtain Theatre, Austin's own Elizabethan replica. Students work on all aspects of theater, including acting, stage crew and production. 

Young Shakespeare is a tuition-based program with reasonable fees. Students must audition in February 2020. For more information about auditions and the program contact young shakespeare@austinshakespeare.org.

The Story

Two Gentlemen of Verona tells the story of two devoted friends, Valentine and Proteus. Valentine leaves their home city of  Verona for Milan, but Proteus, in love with Julia, stays behind. Proteus' father sends him to Milan, too. Before leaving, Proteus pledges his love to Julia. 

In Milan, Valentine and the Duke's daughter, Sylvia, are in love. Proteus on arriving, falls in love with Sylvia at first sight. He reveals to the Duke that Sylvia, and Valentine plan to elope, and Valentine is banished. Meanwhile, Proteus' earlier love, Julia assumes a male disguise and travels to Milan.

The banished Valentine meets outlaws and becomes their leader. Sylvia, in search of Valentine, is seized by his outlaws. Proteus rescues her and then, she spurns him. Valentine rescues her, but out of friendship offers to yield Sylvia to Proteus. Julia, however, reveals her identity, regaining Proteus' love. Two weddings are planned: Valentine with Sylvia, and Proteus with Julia.

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