William Shakespeare’s Two Gentlemen of Verona will be performed by professional actors with the Tennessee Stage Company directed by Tom Parkhill on Monday, July 31, at 6:30 p.m. in the Library’s Main Gallery. Appropriate for the entire family, this live stage comedy will entertain you with a story of love, deceit, flirtation, friendship and mistaken identity, along with plenty of puns and slapstick.
Parkhill, Executive Director of the Tennessee Stage Company, says, “We always look forward to performances at the Blount County Public Library because the audience is so receptive and appreciative.”
“Two Gentlemen of Verona,” generally recognized as Shakespeare’s first play, is a light comedy that explores themes of betrayal, forgiveness, infatuation and true love. Best friends, Valentine and Proteus, fall for the same woman, Silvia. Meanwhile, Julia disguises herself as a page boy (Sebastian) to pursue Proteus. The four become entangled in a series of star-crossed exploits that culminate in a satisfying “happily ever after.”
Embrace the magic of a live theatre performance as this family-friendly production entertains the young and young at heart. Families are encouraged to bring children to introduce them to William Shakespeare’s writing as the Bard himself intended for his plays to be experienced, in live performance. You won’t want to miss this unique opportunity to see a professional stage company in an informal environment, and admission is free!
According to our local8Now news:
The Tennessee Stage Company announced their search for a “delightfully devious doggo” to play the role of Crab in their production of Two Gentlemen of Verona.”
The casting call announcement describes the role as “the sourest-natured dog that lives. A cruel-hearted cur who does not shed one tear upon the parting of his Launce and his family as they head to the imperial court. He can have no more pity in him than a dog.”
This event is sponsored by the Blount County Friends of the Library.