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'The Two Gentlemen of Verona' artwork by Anna Schultz.
Photo provided 'The Two Gentlemen of Verona' artwork by Anna Schultz.

Purdue Theatre presents William Shakespeare's The Two Gentlemen of Verona. This production, set in 1920s America, takes a fresh look at Shakespeare's rarely performed early comedy, which explores the complex interplay of platonic friendship, romantic love, and personal maturation for four young people in love.

Sent away to learn how to become "perfect gentlemen,” best friends Valentine (Kenneth England) and Proteus (Matthew Duncan) are challenged by their competition for the love of Sylvia (Katrina Guzman). Complicating matters further, Proteus has already pledged his love to Julia (Malena Gordo), who disguises herself as a boy in order to go and search for him. This comedy traces increasingly complex layers of intrigue to an ending that speaks with startling resonance today.

Directed by Richard Sullivan Lee (Associate Directors: Richard Stockton Rand and Martin Swoverland) this production runs from February 15 through 24 in the Nancy T. Hansen Theatre.

Tickets are $12.50 for students, $15.50 for seniors, and $19.50 for adults. Visitors can purchase tickets online at: purdue.edu/theatre/tickets. Tickets are also available at Loeb Playhouse or Pao Hall Box Offices or by calling (765) 494-3933.