The Two Gentlemen of Verona
“Frolicking…Beguiling…Expansive…Fiasco has quickly become a force to reckon with in American theater. ” - The New York Times
“FOUR STARS...Delightful.” - Time Out New York
“Fiasco [relies] on imagination rather than big budgets…This accessible, fun 'Gentlemen' makes [the Bard] feel like one of our own.” - The New York Post
Fiasco Theater’s THE TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA
by William Shakespeare
Directed by Jessie Austrian and Ben Steinfeld
NEW YORK TIMES CRITIC’S PICK
EXTENDED THROUGH JUNE 20!
Crackling and quick-moving, The Two Gentlemen of Verona may well have been Shakespeare’s first play. A seemingly simple tale of shifting devotions among mismatched lovers, it helped launch the genre of rom-com. Yet its delightful madcap surface conceals undercurrents, as its putative hero proves a cad and a faithless friend.
Fiasco Theater’s zesty and streamlined six-actor Cymbeline was a highlight of TFANA’s 2011 season. In Two Gentlemen, which premiered at Folger Theatre, the company’s acute understanding of text, spare design and brilliantly versatile use of props, accessories, original music, and shifting accents combine to create a charming, nuanced and magical experience. Letters fall from the flies, rope-ladders materialize out of nowhere, and a handful of actors transform into outlaws, clowns, servants, and even a grumpy, ungrateful dog.
Get a sneak peek at the production:
Recommended for ages 10 and up.
Running Time: 2 hours and 5 minutes, including 1 intermission.
Join us for free post-show talks on the production with artists and scholars following the matinees on Saturday, May 9 and Saturday, May 16.
Alisa Solomon, author of Re-Dressing the Canon: Essays on Theater and Gender, leads a conversation with members of the cast.
POST SHOW PARTY:
Join us for a post-show party on Sunday, May 24 after the evening performance of THE TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA! Every paid ticket to that evening’s performance includes a drink ticket for use at the party.
Click here to read the 360° Viewfinder production guide, with facts and perspectives on Fiasco Theater’s The Two Gentlemen of Verona.
Originally produced by Folger Theatre (Janet Alexander Griffin, Artistic Producer), Washington DC, 2014
This production is made possible, in part, by The Howard Gilman Foundation Fund for Classic Drama.
Fiasco Theater is an ensemble theater company created by graduates of the Brown University/Trinity Rep M.F.A. acting program. Past shows include Cymbeline (Theatre for a New Audience/Barrow Street Theatre), Twelfth Night (Access Theater), Into the Woods (McCarter Theatre Center and The Old Globe) and Measure for Measure (New Victory Theater).
Pictured above: Zachary Fine, Andy Grotelueschen, Emily Young, Jessie Austrian, Paul L. Coffey, and Noah Brody; photo by Gerry Goodstein