INCLINE VILLAGE — The Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival has chosen Shakespeare’s comedy “The Two Gentlemen of Verona” as the headlining production of its 40th anniversary season. Tickets are now on sale for this year’s festival that will be held Friday through Aug. 26 at Sand Harbor State Park on the beach at Lake Tahoe’s north shore.
Producing Artistic Director Charles Fee will direct Shakespeare’s romantic-comedy which will include live, onstage music as an exciting underscore to the play.
“ ‘The Two Gentlemen of Verona’ is a favorite of mine,” Fee said, “In Two Gents Shakespeare is exploring, perhaps for the first time, all of the themes of love, friendship, betrayal and coming of age that will mark his works for the rest of his life. It is a deeply romantic and absurdly funny play.”
“The Two Gentlemen of Verona” tells the story of best friends Valentine and Proteus as they leave home and move to the big city to begin their adventure into adulthood. No romantic comedy would be complete without a bit of treachery, a cross-dressing heroine, a band of really scary outlaws and, of course, a dog! In “The Two Gentlemen of Verona,” Shakespeare gives us all this and more, a story of friendship, betrayal and, ultimately, forgiveness.
“The Two Gentlemen of Verona” will perform Tuesday through Sunday evenings. Free parking at Sand Harbor for festival guests begins at 5 p.m. and gates open for seating and dining at Shakespeare’s Kitchen at 5:30 p.m. All performances begin at 7:30 p.m. The Monday Showcase Series begins Monday and concludes Aug. 20.
“Our Monday Showcase Series is the perfect compliment to our Shakespeare season as it provides audiences with an incredible range of music and other events in the majestic setting of Sand Harbor State Park,” Fee said.
Two new sections that have been added to the amphitheater’s seating charts. Cabaret table seating will offer café style tables with seating for four in comfortable chairs located in the popular premium seating area. The new table seating section is now available for purchase. Cabaret table seating will offer all of the fine amenities that are available in the premium section which include an excellent view of the entire stage, personal wait service and dinner with a selection of gourmet meals, desserts and beverages. The festival has also created a new side gallery seating section that is conveniently located just inside the gates and offers one of the most affordable ticket price points.
The festival will continue its popular “handling fee-free ticketing” in 2012. The published price is the real price. No additional handling fees will be added to any ticket purchase. Also back by popular demand is assigned seating in the lower gallery section and free beach chair use in our upper gallery and new side gallery sections.
Tickets for “The Two Gentlemen of Verona” range in price from $15 to $85, are on sale now and can be purchased online at www.laketahoeshakespeare.com or by phone at 1-800-74-SHOWS. Corporate and individual sponsorships are currently available by contacting the marketing department at 298-0154.