2G's, Scott Rabinowitz's hip-hop adaptation of Shakespeare's Two Gentlemen of Verona will open at the Sacred Fools Theatre May 18 for a one-month run through June 17. Rabinowitz has retained Shakespeare's text but has set the play in a modern-day disco in Milan where there is as much cross-dressing as double-crossing.
Rabinowitz is no stranger to Shakespeare. In recent years he has directed Timon of Athens for Sacred Fools, Othello and King Lear for the Pasadena Shakespeare Company. As an actor, he portrays Ross on the CBS daytime soap "The Young and the Restless."
The 2G's cast includes Carla Jo Bailey, Herschel Bleefeld, Ameena Kaplan, Scott McShane, Peter Anthony Moore and Tangelia Rouse, among others. The choreography is by hip-hop aficionado Joe Hernandez-Kolski, with SFX lighting by Norman Gilmore and costume design by Elif Inanc with Mary Hayes.
Sacred Fools Theatre is located at 660 N. Heliotrope Drive in Hollywood. For tickets and information call (310) 281-8337 or visit www.SacredFools.org
-- By Willard Manus
Southern California Correspondent