By William Shakespeare
Playing August 5 – August 28 at Chetzemoka Park
Sharp-witted, snappy, and thought to have been Shakespeare’s first play, this risible tale was a precursor to today’s popular rom-com. In this mash-up of shifting loyalties between friends and fleeting attractions of ill-suited young lovers, a merry band of outlaws, clowns, and servants, foolishly stumble through the landscape. Don’t miss “the most scene-stealing nonspeaking role in Shakespeare’s canon”, Crab the dog.
Important Park Performance Details:
The Two Gentlemen of Verona performances run Friday, Saturday & Sunday, August 5th – August 28th, at Chetzemoka Park. All performances begin at 6:00 PM, and the gate opens for seating at 5:30 PM. Bring a chair or blanket as no seating is provided in the park, although a limited number of chairs and blankets are available for use on a first-come/first-served basis. Shakespeare in the Park is a pay-what-you-wish event at the gate with cash or check only. Advance tickets using a credit are available at the full-suggested donation price by phone at (360) 385-5278, or online. Picnics and refreshments are allowed in the seating area. Concessions are also available for purchase in the park including hot dogs, popcorn, hot beverages, sodas/juice, cookies and other snacks. Please dress for variable weather as the performance location is near the beach and can become chilly after sundown. Rain Cancellations are updated at 4:15pm on the day of performance – here online and on the show info line, (360) 385-5278.
Read More about the play:
Key City Public Theatre is proud to present its 2016 Shakespeare in the Park production: The Two Gentlemen of Verona, a raucous comedy that examines the many facets of love and friendship through the lens of Shakespeare’s signature sharp wit. Staged in the trappings of the 1967 “Summer of Love,” old verse will come from new mouths, with classic Shakespearian roles re-imagined as hippies, students, outcasts, and activists.
The Two Gentlemen of Verona is directed by Key City’s Artistic Director, Denise Winter, who most recently directed the fifth production worldwide of Wendy MacLeod’s Women in Jeopardy. Playing the leading role of Valentine is Artistic Apprentice Connor Zaft, fresh off his directorial debut with Key City’s production of Shipwrecked!. Joining him as Proteus, the second of the titular gentlemen, is Jason Noltemeier, making his sixth Shakespeare in the Park appearance, most recently in 2015’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Emily Huntingford, appearing during the summer break from her drama studies at Whitman College, is making her ninth park appearance as Julia, Proteus’ on again/off again love interest. Joining the production fresh from his leading role in Shipwrecked! is Eric Ray Anderson playing Speed, young Valentine’s servant. Lawrie Driscoll brings his comedic chops to the popular role of Launce, and of course, no production would be complete without Crab the dog.
A lively “Sargent Pepper-esque” band that accompanies the show includes Iain Coates, Austin DeLuna, Mimi Grant (2016 Stars of Tomorrow winner), and Noah Phillips, who back lead singer Joey Ripley, also appearing as Sir Eglamour (aka E. Glamour!) The cast is rounded out by both returning favorites to Port Townsend’s Shakespeare stage as well as new faces including Trillium Burbank, Dylan Carter, Sam Cavallaro, Colleen Dobbin, Kiera DeLuna, Ace Elkins, Blaine Lewis, D.D.Wigley, with a student ensemble of Mahina Gelderloos, Caleb Lumbard, Alejandro Montanez, Ciel Pope, and siblings Emma, Michael & Teegan Dobbin.