Shakespeare to Go has been taking Shakespeare on the road since 1984, with a mission to connect with local youth and give back to the community. Each year, a Shakespeare to Go team—comprised of a faculty director and student actors, designers, stage managers, assistant directors, and dramaturgs from UC Santa Cruz—work innovatively to bring a Shakespeare play to life by making it relevant to younger audiences. While the new script is shortened, the richness of Shakespeare’s language always remains.
While some plays draw a clear line between heroes and villains, "Two Gents" gives us no such demarcation. Like many of Shakespeare’s other comedies, this play revolves around two sets of lovers. The play’s action unfolds when one young “hero”—the faithful and loyal Proteus—does a terrible thing. He suddenly betrays his girlfriend (Julia) and best friend (Valentine) in pursuit of a new love (Silvia). In following Proteus’ path, Shakespeare tackles difficult questions about love, loyalty, and forgiveness.
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Additional performances of this play will occur on June 9 at Second Stage at the Theater Arts Center.
FREE and open to the public.
Parking permit required.