PCPA Theaterfest presents
The Two Gentlemen of Verona

Shakespeare’s comedy The Two Gentlemen of Verona plays in PCPA’s Marian Theatre July 15 – 30, then in the Solvang Festival Theater August 5 – 21. Set in the 1920s, this story of love and friendship is centered around Proteus (Evans Eden Jarnefeldt) and Valentine (Tobias Shaw). Proteus adores Julia (Stephanie Philo) but while in Milan falls in love with Sylvia (Megan C.C. Walker) the Duke’s daughter, who has also caught the eye of Valentine. It’s a love triangle with a twist, disguises, and a pair of prattling servants; Speed (Paul Culos), and Launce (Leo Cortez) who provide the non-stop comic relief. Also cast are Peter S. Hadres as Duke of Milano and Antonio, and Kitty Balay as Lucetta, Host, and Pathino.

Director Roger DeLaurier said he relishes the servants in this play who are perhaps the best clowns Shakespeare ever wrote. Specifically, “Speed with his great wit and love of wordplay and Launce with his great heart and devotion to his master and mostly to his dog, Crab.”

Pulling from the romantic Cole Porter era of the 20s with a backdrop of the European jazz age in Italy, PCPA’s production embodies the smooth cool debonair swash of polished youthful masculinity as Shakespeare’s lines present some of the most honest explorations of male friendship ever written. Director Roger DeLaurier believes that this time period also blends the poetic sensibilities of Shakespeare’s language with a more contemporary style, giving the speakers a voice from our world rather than echoes from a distant era.

The show’s designers include: Dave Nofsinger (scenery), Juliane Starks (costumes), Tamar Geist (lights), and Walter TJ Clissen (sound). The Stage Manager is Sabrina Matlock.

For Single Tickets and more information call the box office – (805) 922-8313 – between 12:30 and 7pm Wednesday through Sunday, or visit www.pcpa.org. Information about Group Sales for 12 or more patrons may be obtained by contacting groups@pcpa.org or by calling 1-800-PCPA-123.

For the best seating, lowest prices, and exclusive privileges, become a season ticket holder. Subscription Packages start with as few as 4 plays, or see all 8 throughout the season for the ultimate theatre experience. Call the box office to receive a subscription brochure or email: boxoffice@pcpa.org.

New this season, the PCPA VIP Membership. For $20.00 a month, members are entitled to attend all mainstage productions as well as purchase additional rush tickets for $10 on day of performance ($11 in Solvang). VIP Members also receive invitations to special design presentations, student sharings and other events. Visit www.pcpa.org/vip for all the details.

(8-play subscribers receive all the VIP Membership privileges too).

Just the facts…Santa Maria

What: The Two Gentlemen of Verona
When: July 15 – 30, 20111
Where: Marian Theatre – 800 S. College, Santa Maria
GPS: enter 1100 S. Bradley, Santa Maria, Ca 93454
Times: 1:30pm – Wed., Sat., Sun.
7pm – Thu., Fri., Sat.
Tickets: $28.00 – $30.00 for adults. Discounts for children, students, seniors
and preview performance July 15.
Box Office: (805) 922-8313
Internet: www.pcpa.org

Just the facts…

What: The Two Gentlemen of Verona
When: July 8 – 31, 2011
Where: Solvang Festival Theater – 420 2nd St., Solvang
Times: 8pm Tuesday – Sunday
Tickets: $31.00 – $35.00 for adults. Discounts for children, students, seniors
and preview performance August 5.
Box Office: (805) 922-8313
Internet: www.pcpa.org
The 2011 PCPA Summer Season:

The 39 Steps
June 16 – July 3 – Solvang Festival Theater

Hairspray
June 16 – July 2 – Marian Theatre, Santa Maria
July 8 – 31 – Solvang Festival Theater

The Two Gentlemen of Verona
July 15 – 30 – Marian Theatre, Santa Maria
August 5 – 21– Solvang Festival Theater

My Fairytale – American Premiere
August 12 – 20 – Marian Theatre, Santa Maria
August 26 – September 25– Solvang Festival Theater

Caroline, or Change
September 1 – 18 – Marian Theatre, Santa Maria

Now in its 47th season, PCPA Theaterfest is the Central Coast’s Resident Professional Theatre Company, and has infused the national theatre scene with thousands of trained actors and theatrical technicians over the years in its conservatory.

The Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts (PCPA) of Allan Hancock College in Santa Maria, California supports a unique, fully-accredited vocational training program for aspiring actors and theatre technicians. PCPA is the only training program of its kind offered by a community college in the United States.