Friday, June 10, 2011

Riverside's Summer Shakespeare Festival Begins June 17th

Iowa City - This year's Riverside Theatre Shakespeare Festival will consist of Two Gentlemen of Verona, directed by Ron Clark, and Eugene O'Neill's Ah, Wilderness!, directed by Theodore Swetz.

This is the 12th annual installment of Riverside's outdoor theatre. Beginning June 17th, the two shows will run in repertory until July 10th.

Ah, Wilderness! is a Eugene O'Neill comedy set on the 4th of July of 1906. It had a successful run on Broadway in 1930s, as well as several notable revivals.

From Riverside's press release:

"Seventeen-year-old Richard Miller has been inhaling the intoxicating fumes of literature, first love and independence, and testing his good-natured parents with his awkward struggle to become a man. When his true love spurns him, Richard heals his wounds with gin fizzes and a tart’s kisses in a roadside dive. How the Miller clan copes with his rebellious attitude is a study of family ties and horse sense."

Ah, Wilderness! will be performed June 17, 18, 29, 30 and July 2 & 8 at 8pm; June 19 and July 5 & 10 at 7pm.

Two Gentlemen of Verona is thought to be Shakespeare's earliest play, and is definitely one of his zaniest. The plot revolves around two friends pursuing the same woman.

From Riverside's press release:

"Proteus falls for the new object of Valentine’s affections—Silvia. Forsaking his own betrothed, Julia, Proteus sets out to betray his unsuspecting friend, only to find that both sharp-witted women have a thing or two to teach him about loyalty and love. Clever servants, disguises, and a dog named Crab enhance the zaniness."

Two Gentlemen of Verona will be performed June 24, 25 and July 1, 3, 6 and 7 at 8pm; June 26 & 28 and July 9 at 7pm.

More information can be found on Riverside's website.

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