Hope College Theatre will present "The Two Gentlemen of Verona" by William Shakespeare on Thursday-Saturday, Nov. 17 - 19, and Monday-Tuesday, Nov. 21 - 22, at 8 p.m. in the DeWittCenter main theatre.
The play explores the many complications that can occur when young people fall head-over-heels in love. The Hope production is set in the late 1960s and early 1970s, a time of experimentation, rebellion and social change. The looks and the sounds of that period are being investigated to aid in the rendering of the play.
The production is co-directed by senior Elizabeth Dwyer of Ypsilanti and faculty member John Tammi. According to Tammi, "Working closely with a student director is an example of how the Hope student-faculty research model permeates the entire campus and is very much alive in each academic division of the college, including the arts. In the case of this play, which deals with the experiences of young people, it has been important to have a young person's point-of-view represented in the process."
The cast of "The Two Gentlemen of Verona" includes senior Annelise Belmonte of Northbrook, Ill.; junior Katie Colburn of Holland; freshman Dylan Connor of Tallahassee, Fla.; sophomore Molly Coyle of Hamilton; senior Kelsey Cratty of Rockford, Ill.; junior Sophia Daly of Plymouth; sophomore Alexa Duimstra of Appleton, Wis.; freshman Jared Duimstra of Appleton, Wis.; junior Skye Edwards of Morrison, Colo.; sophomore Kelly Eubank of Louisville, Ky.; sophomore Lauren Ezzo of Haslett; freshman John Haga of Rochester; junior Haley Hodges of Hart; sophomore Angelica Kurtz of Streamwood, Ill.; junior Josh McCammon of Ann Arbor; freshman Bridget McCarthy of Grand Haven; senior Caitlin Seay of Grandville; junior Jesse Swatling-Holcomb of Oakland, Calif.; senior John Telfer of Western Springs, Ill.; and senior Christoff Visscher of Silver Spring, Md.
Costume design for the production is by guest artist Joseph Flauto, who has been a scenic designer for the Hope Summer Repertory Theatre for 27 seasons, and designed the set of "The Skin of Our Teeth" for the college's department of theatre in 2009.
Scenic and properties design is by faculty member Richard L. Smith. Lighting and sound design is by faculty member Perry Landes. Technical direction is by staff member Paul K. Anderson. The stage manager is senior Brittni Nowicki of West Bloomfield. Assistant stage managers are freshmen Alexandra Leppek of Bay City and Jackie Marschke of Glenview, Ill.
Tickets for "The Two Gentlemen of Verona" are $10 for regular admission, $7 for senior citizens and Hope faculty and staff, and $5 for students, and are available at the ticket office in the main lobby of the DeVos Fieldhouse. The ticket office is open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and may be called at (616) 395-7890. On performance dates the ticket office will be open in the DeWittCenter lobby at 7 p.m. and through intermission.
The DeVos Fieldhouse is located at 222 Fairbanks Ave., between 9th and 11th streets. The DeWitt Center is located at 141 E. 12th St., on Columbia Avenue at 12th Street.