Department of Theatre and Dance presents ‘Two Gentlemen of Verona’ by William Shakespeare

CofC Stages at the College of Charleston’s Department of Theatre and Dance presents the comedic treasure Two Gentlemen of Verona by William Shakespeare. 

Best friends Valentine and Proteus embark on different paths in life only to run into each other again when they both fall in love in Milan. Shakespeare’s investigation of friendship, love, faithfulness, and fickleness, Two Gentlemen of Verona takes us on a journey across Northern Italy, asking us, with wit, humor, and poignancy, to question the forces that bind us together and tear us apart.

Director Michael Smallwood adds, “Two Gentlemen of Verona, perhaps Shakespeare’s first play, is the Rosetta Stone for Shakespeare’s career. So many of his themes, theatrical conventions, plot details, and locations appear in their infancy here before being built upon in later plays. It is very appropriate for our talented students at CofC to explore this play, which isn’t about fairies and great tragic figures, but instead is about youth culture, about falling in love and being problematic, and about how people change for the better and for the worse.”

Recommended for all ages, performances of Two Gentlemen of Verona at the Chapel Theatre (172 Calhoun St.) will run February 22-March 2. Individual tickets are $20 for adults; $15 for seniors (60+), active military/veterans, and youth under 18; and $12 for CofC students, faculty, and staff.

Ticket link for the public

Ticket link for CofC students (for instructions & info click here)

Ticket link for CofC faculty/staff

or buy tickets in person at Sottile Theatre (Tue-Fri, 10am-4pm), by emailing or calling (843) 953-4726.

Performance Dates:
February 22nd, 7:30pm
February 23rd, 7:30pm
February 24th, 7:30pm
February 25th, 2pm
February 25th, 7:30pm
February 26th at 2pm

February 28th, 7:30pm
March 1st, 7:30pm
March 2nd, 7:30pm

Two Gentlemen of Verona features students Kit Fischer, Mekhi Gaither, Mia Brady, and Carolina Magee in the principal roles. The student design team includes scenic designer Bristol Barnes, costume designers Brandon Alston and Molly Rumph, lighting designer Sara Whitehead, and sound designer Eli Salas. 
Director Michael Smallwood joined the adjunct faculty at the College of Charleston this semester, teaching playwriting and screenwriting. Smallwood is a professional film and stage actor, an award-winning playwright and filmmaker, and a core ensemble member at PURE Theatre. He directed CofC Stages’ production of Pipeline in the fall of 2021.
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