William Shakespeare’s The Two Gentlemen of Verona


Directed by Art Manke

Join Proteus and Valentine as they strive to succeed in the perilous court of Milan and learn what it means to be gentlemen.  Joined by a pair of colorful clowns, a dog, and Shakespeare’s first cross-dressing woman, the two young men embark on a journey that pits love against friendship in this sexy and surreal comedy.

Running time: 2 hours and ten minutes including intermission

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Interview with Art Manke, Director of  The Two Gentlemen of Verona

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Preview Dates:
Tuesday, August 1, 2017
Wednesday, August 2, 2017
Thursday, August 3, 2017

Opening Date:
Friday, August 4, 2017

Closing Date:
Saturday, September 3, 2017

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The Audrey Stanley Grove
Upper DeLaveaga Park
501 Upper Park Rd
Santa Cruz, CA 95065
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IMG_6925Art Manke (Two Gents) Previous productions include for SCS/Shakespeare Santa Cruz: The Liar, The Three Musketeers, Bach at Leipzig, and A Year With Frog and Toad. He most recently directed Amy Freed’s The Monster Builder for South Coast Repertory, where he has worked on numerous productions over sixteen seasons, and where he will stage the world premiere of Ms. Freed’s SHREW! in 2018. Elsewhere, his work has been seen at the Denver Center Theatre Company, Pasadena Playhouse, Mark Taper Forum, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, and at A Noise Within, where he was a co-founder and former artistic director (1991-2001). A frequent guest lecturer at theatre schools across the country, he also directs for television, holds an MFA from the American Conservatory Theater, and is a five-time winner of the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award. Upcoming projects include All My Sons for the Jewel Theatre Company, and the world premiere of Pearl’s in the House, a new musical he has written about Pearl Bailey at Utah Shakespeare Festival.


Rowan Vickers*
Brian Smolin*
Adam Schroeder
Grace Rao
Annie Worden*
David Graham Jones*
Lindsay Rico*
Tristan Cunningham*
Patty Gallagher*
Kevin Matthew Reyes
Allen Gilmore*
Lindsay Rico*
David Graham Jones*
Outlaws, Ensemble
Joshua Orlando,
Kev Martinez, Peter M. Donahue
Elizabeth Erb, Carmen Flood,
Jennifer Elise Grober, Malena Pennycook

Understudies: Peter M. Donahue (Valentine), Elizabeth Erb (Silvia, Outlaws), Carmen Flood (Panthina, Hostess), Jennifer Elise Grober (Julia), Kev Martinez (Thurio, Eglamour), Joshua Orlando (Proteus), Malena Pennycook (Launce, Lucetta), Mike Ryan* (Duke, Antonio)


Art Manke‡
Scenic Co-Designers
Annie Smart† and Chrissy Curl
Costume Designer
B. Modern†
Lighting Designer
Kent Dorsey†
Sound Designer/Composer
Steven Cahill
Properties Designer/Master
M Woods
Wig, Hair and Makeup Design
Jessica Carter
Stage Manager
Kevin Johnson*
Textual Consultant
Michael Warren
Ariane Helou
Voice Coach
David Morden
Fight Director
Dave Maier
Assistant Stage Managers
Deirdre Rose Holland*,
Amanda Marshall
Assistant Costume Design
Adrianna Gonzales
Costume Design Intern
Andy Sandoval
Directing Intern
Tanner Oertal
Dramaturgy Intern
Victoria Gardiner
Stage Management Intern
Brianna Lohman

* Denotes member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the US.
‡ The Director is a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, a national theatrical labor union.
† These Designers are represented by United Scenic Artists, Local 829 of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees.