Performances of the comedy of romance and secret identities will continue through Sept. 14.
Directed by Tony Award nominee Mark Lamos, the production will be presented in the outdoor Lowell Davies Festival Theatre.
The acting company includes Britney Coleman ( Stop the Virgens, Sing for Your Shakespeare) as Silvia; Arthur Hanket ( The Merry Wives of Windsor, Some Like It Hot: The Musical) as Antonio, Dancing Master, Outlaw 2; Adam Kantor ( The Last Five Years, Next to Normal) as Proteus; Mark Pinter ( Three on the Couch, Clybourne Park) as Duke, Fencing Master; Hubert Point-Du Jour ( The Model Apartment, Angels in America) as Valentine; Rusty Ross ( Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, South Pacific) as Speed; Richard Ruiz ( Sweet Charity, Urinetown) as Launce; and Kristin Villanueva ( Pride and Prejudice, "Gossip Girl") as Julia.
Joining them are Old Globe/USD M.F.A. Program actors Erin Elizabeth Adams ( Othello, The Winter's Tale) as Lucetta; Lindsay Brill ( Much Ado About Nothing, Testify!) as Silvia's Page; Lowell Byers ( Night Float, Balm in Gilead) as Turio; Jamal Douglas ( Othello, The Winter's Tale) as Servant to Antonio, Musician, Outlaw 3; Adam Gerber ( Lebensraum, In the Boom Boom Room) as Sir Eglamour; Kushtrim Hoxha ( King Lear, Sun Monkey) as Panthino; Tyler Kent ( A Doctor in Spite of Himself, The Lieutenant of Inishmore) as Host; Robbie Simpson ( Miss Saigon, Inherit the Wind) as Dancing Instructor to Silvia, Musician; and Patrick Zeller ("A Totally Minor Motion Picture," The Winter's Tale) as Outlaw 1.
Ensemble members are Meaghan Boeing ( Othello, The Winter's Tale), Charlotte Bydwell ( Woman of Leisure and Panic, Reckless), Stephen Hu ( Tartuffe, Measure for Measure), Allison Layman ( Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Pygmalion) and Megan M. Storti ( The Woman in White, The City & the City). Khloe Jezbera joins the cast as Crab. Here's how the production is billed: "Best friends Valentine and Proteus travel to the big city to seek their fortunes only to find themselves rivals, both madly in love with the beautiful Silvia, daughter of Milan's most powerful duke. A fast-paced, exuberant tale of friendship, romance, and secret identities, featuring a band of outlaws, two bumbling servants, and one unforgettable dog."
"The Globe's 2014 Shakespeare Festival got off to a roaring start with our hit production of Othello, one of Shakespeare's greatest tragedies. Now we switch gears into uproarious comedy with The Two Gentlemen of Verona," artistic director Barry Edelstein said in a statement. "Director Mark Lamos, one of our country's most gifted Shakespeareans, finds in this beguiling play all the brightest energies of youth, and his crack cast delivers the play with huge heart and joy. I look forward to treating San Diego to this delightful summer confection."
The creative team includes John Arnone (scenic design), Linda Cho (costume design), Stephen Strawbridge (lighting design), Acme Sound Partners (sound design), Fitz Patton (original music), Jeff Michael Rebudal (movement), Mike Rossmy (fight director), David Huber (voice and text coach), Tara Rubin Casting (casting) and Bret Torbeck (stage manager).
The Old Globe is located in San Diego's Balboa Park at 1363 Old Globe Way. Tickets and more information are available by calling (619) 23-GLOBE or visiting TheOldGlobe.org.