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My View: Ladies & Gentlemen Of The Berkshires – The Two Gentlemen Of Verona Opened at Shakespeare & Co. Last Night

My View: Ladies & Gentlemen Of The Berkshires – The Two Gentlemen Of Verona Opened at Shakespeare & Co. Last Night

Shakespeare & Company presented The Two Gentlemen of Verona last night and here are some photos of the opening night festivities at Shakespeare & Co. in Lenox MA. Written by William Shakespeare, and directed by Co-Artistic Director Jonathan Croy, this early romantic comedy takes a gleeful look at the fickle nature of young love, playing in-the-round at the Tina Packer Playhouse throughSeptember 4, 2016. “The Two Gentlemen of Verona is a terrific little comedy, and one that you don’t get to see very often,” said Director Jonathan Croy. “It’s a play about four young people stumbling around the maze of love  and longing, with full hearts and broken ones. It’s about deep friendships and betrayals just as deep. It’s about true love and infatuation. There are two love triangles, two fathers tripping over their desire to do right by their children, two of Shakespeare’s greatest clowns, and a dog!” Croy’s production of The Two Gentlemen of Verona features Company veteran Ryan Winkles as Valentine, with a cast of long-time Company actors including, Kate Abbruzzese (Julia), Peter Andersen (Pantheno), Jason Asprey (Speed), Erick Avari (Duke), Thomas Brazzle (Proteus), John Hadden (Launce), Cloteal L. Horne (Sylvia), and Dylan Wittrock (Thurio). Actors new to the Company in 2016 include, Tamara Hickey (Lucetta), Shahar Isaac (Eglamore), Michael Fuchs (Antonio), Deaon Griffin-Pressley (Outlaw) and Bella Merlin (Outlaw) The creative team includes Kris Stone (Set Design), Matthew Miller (Lighting Design), Ian Fisher (Sound Design), Stella Schwartz (Costume Design), Susan Dibble (Choreography) and original music by Luke Reed. With a running time just under three hours including intermission, tickets for The Two Gentlemen of Verona are available online at www.shakespeare.org, or by calling Shakespeare & Company at (413) 637-3353 during box office hours. The Playhouse is newly configured in-the-round, air conditioned and wheelchair accessible. Shakespeare & Company is located at 70 Kemble Street in Lenox, Massachusetts.

(For Stephen’s complete photos of this opening go to Broadwayworld.com)

The Two Gentleman Of Verona Curtain Call

The Two Gentleman Of Verona Curtain Call

John Haddon & Ella, Curtain Call

John Haddon & Ella, Curtain Call

Cloteal L. Horne

Cloteal L. Horne

Jason Asprey & Dylan Wittrock

Jason Asprey & Dylan Wittrock

Jonathan Croy, Director, Co- artistic director

Jonathan Croy, Director, Co- artistic director

Eda Sorokoff, Finn Wittrock, Elizabeth Aspenlieder

Eda Sorokoff, Finn Wittrock, Elizabeth Aspenlieder

Finn Witrock & Dylan Wittrock

Finn Witrock & Dylan Wittrock

Michael Fuchs, Eda Sorokoff, Elizabeth Aspenlieder, Cloteal L. Horne

Michael Fuchs, Eda Sorokoff, Elizabeth Aspenlieder, Cloteal L. Horne

Kate Abbruzzese & Kevin G. Coleman

Kate Abbruzzese & Kevin G. Coleman

Bella Merlin & Eda Sorokoff

Bella Merlin & Eda Sorokoff

Thomas Brazzle & Elizabeth Aspenlieder

Thomas Brazzle & Elizabeth Aspenlieder

The Two Gentlemen Of Verona

The Two Gentlemen Of Verona

Tina Packer Playhouse Shakespeare & Company

Tina Packer Playhouse Shakespeare & Company

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Stephen studied at the Manhattan School of Music. Besides being a pianist, Stephen’s business career was in the Fashion Industry. He was CEO of a textile manufacturing facility and President of an international textile machinery company. Stephen was on the Board of Directors of the “First All Children’s Theatre” which brought the Stephen Schwartz musical The Trip and Captain Louie to the Kennedy Center in Wash DC. His wife Eda, an interior space designer and classical pianist was on the Board of Barrington Stage Company and is still active at BSC. Stephen’s photographs, videos and articles appear on Broadwayworld.com, T2Conline.com and The New York Observer. He is active in the entertainment events at the Friars Club, where he is a member. Stephen is also an Honorary Board Member of The Society For The Preservation of The Great American Songbook. Stephen Sorokoff@gmail.com

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