Theatre’s production of Shakespeare’s Two Gentlemen of Verona will be the VCUarts directorial debut for Chair of Theatre Sharon Ott. The production runs from Feb. 15 to Feb. 25 at the Singleton Center for the Performing Arts.
Shakespeare’s classic comedy pits two love-struck friends against each other in a desperate bid for the girl of their dreams. Theatre’s production is based on an adaptation by Vivian Majkowski.
Ott, who joined VCUarts in 2017, has directed countless productions for Theatre X, the Berkeley Repertory Theater, Arena Stage, the New York Shakespeare Festival, Manhattan Theater Club and many more.
“I’m thrilled,” says Ott, “to direct Shakespeare’s comedy in an edited a one-and-a-half hour version as my Theatre VCU directing debut. We’ve concocted a modern, fun approach to this play, which suits our student actors well. Just as was done in Mr. Shakespeare’s time, the production features live musicians and a musical score adapted from current pop tunes. Please come and join in the fun!”