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‘The Two Gentlemen of Verona’ receives new life on university stage
November 13, 2017 – A refreshed version of the William Shakespeare classic, “The Two Gentlemen of Verona” will run
Dec. 1 – 9 at the John Wright Theatre at Fresno State. The production receives an original and accessible concept by
director Brad Myers, and is the third show of University Theatre’s 2017-2018 season.
The story centers around best friends, Valentine and Proteus. After finishing school, Valentine is setting off to see the
world, traveling to the fashionable court of the Duke of Milan. Proteus wants to stay home because he is in love with his
girlfriend, Julia, a fascination which he has kept from his parents for fear they will disapprove. Once Valentine arrives at
the Milanese court, he immediately falls in love with Silvia, the Duke’s glamorous daughter.
Meanwhile, Proteus’s parents feel he needs to become more worldly and insist that he join Valentine at the Duke’s
court. Both Julia and Proteus are heart-broken, but swear undying fidelity to each other until Proteus can return.
However, when Proteus arrives at the Milanese court, he too immediately becomes obsessed with the beautiful Silvia.
Proteus sets about to undermine the relationship of Valentine and Silvia, seeking to win her for himself. Julia determines
that she must be with Proteus, and disguises herself as a boy so that she can take the dangerous journey to the Court of
Along the way, we meet an array of high school teens, hip party guests, henchmen, outlaws, androgynous artistes, a
quirky best friend, clownish servants. protective parents, and a gang of unruly outlaws.
“In our production of ‘Two Gents,’ one of Shakespeare’s earliest comedies is filtered through 1950s America.” Says
Myers of the upcoming production, “The story of the play, our streamlined version of the text, and the updating of the
setting, all combine to make this production particularly accessible for new-comers to Shakespeare in performance.”
The cast includes Hunter Aro, Alyssa Benitez, Cecilia Cantu, Kindle Lynn Cowger, Rodolfo Robles Cruz, Gian Console, Kai
DiMino, Thuy Duong, Michael Shane Flores, Lauren Folland, Aaron Gomes, Jose Gomez, Jacob Gonzalez, Reshma
Meister, Henry Montelongo, Kenia Morales, Ted Nunes, Justin Case Ray, Daniel Serrano, Abraham Tejada, Steven
Weatherbee, Ellie West, & Cha Yang.
Tickets are $17 for adults; $15 for Fresno State faculty, staff, alumni and military; and $10 for students. Group rates are
available for groups of 20 or more. Box office hours are noon to 4 p.m. on weekdays and one hour before each
Parking is free for shows on Friday through Sunday night. For shows on Tuesday through Thursday night, parking permits
are required and can be purchased at dispensers in parking lots on campus.

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