Casting Announced for Guthrie's Two Gentlemen of Verona

News   Casting Announced for Guthrie's Two Gentlemen of Verona
 
Complete casting has been announced for the Guthrie production of William Shakespeare's The Two Gentlemen of Verona, which will begin performances at the Minnesota venue Jan. 24, 2009.

Directed by Joe Dowling, the comedy will officially open Jan. 30 and play through March 29.

The cast will feature Sam Bardwell as Valentine, Jonas Goslow as Proteus, Valeri Mudek as Silvia, Jim Lichtscheidl as Launce and Randy Reyes as Speed with Sasha Andreev (Singer), Michael Booth (Panthino/Outlaw), Laura Esping (Lucetta), Nathaniel Fuller (Antonio/Outlaw), Hugh Kennedy (Outlaw), Kris L. Nelson (Sir Eglamour), Lee Mark Nelson (Duke of Milan), Isabell Monk O'Connor (Host of the Inn), John Skelley (Tuiro) and pooch Wyatt (Crab).

Verona, according to the Guthrie, "follows a pair of young gentlemen from Verona – Valentine (Sam Bardwell) and Proteus (Jonas Goslow) – as they journey to Milan. One is eager to experience the world in order to acquire proper manners and learn the sophistication of high society, while the other's father has forced him to separate from the beloved Julia (Sun Mee Chomet) and leave home. Once in the new city, however, both men fall for the duke's daughter Silvia (Valerie Mudek), leading to one's banishment. Heartbreak and hilarity ensue, as sensational plot twists, inescapable identity mix-ups and two clownish servants (Jim Lichtscheidl as Launce and Randy Reyes as Speed) bring happy conclusion to both young couples' love."

Keith Thomas will score the production. The creative team will also include Riccardo Hernandez (set designer), Ann Hould-Ward (costume designer), Christopher Akerlind (lighting designer), Scott W. Edwards (sound designer), Michael Lupu (dramaturgy), Andrew Wade (voice and dialect coach), Chris A. Code (stage manager), Brian Balcom (assistant director) and Michele Harms (assistant stage manager).

The Guthrie is located at 818 South 2nd Street (at Chicago Avenue) in downtown Minneapolis. To purchase tickets call (612) 377-2224 or (877) 44-STAGE. For more information visit www.guthrietheater.org.

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