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Two Gentlemen of Verona Synopsis

Love's Labour's Lost Synopsis

Proteus and Valentine, two young men of means, are best friends about to be separated. Valentine's father is sending him off to the Duke's court to gain experience in the world as part of an educational program. Proteus should be looking to his own education, but he has fallen in love with Julia. Dreading the separation from her, he is sent under duress by his father to join Valentine at the Duke's court. He immediately falls in love with Sylvia, the Duke's daughter and promised lover of Valentine! Warning— there is trouble ahead for everyone, especially poor Julia who wants her Proteus back.

The King of Navarre embarks on a course of study with his three companions and a pretty tough list of Do's and Don'ts. One item on the list is NO WOMEN, but the Princess of France is on her way with three of her lady companions to take up a state matter with him. Afraid of being mocked for breaking rules, the King houses her and her entourage in a field outside the castle. The four men proceed to individually woo their ladies while maintaining their reputations. Trouble is ahead here too!

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How should I prepare to watch a performance?

Becoming a Good Audience Member

Make time to read the play before you attend. Spoiler alert, but it will give you a robust experience as an audience member.

 

Arrive early and read the Director's synopsis in your program before the show starts. This will clue you in to what the Director's particular thoughts are on the play, and perhaps highlight what is important in the particular production you are about to watch. Read through the cast of characters so you are familiar with the character names.

 

As the play unfolds, listen to the language carefully: listen for the rhythm of iambic pentameter and the beauty of the bardic prose. Shakespeare characters say what they mean at the time they speak, so do not look for subtext.

 

Listen for rhymes as rhyming usually means something. It connects characters (BFFs, lovers, soon-to-be-lovers), and satisfies your ear. Rhymes end most scenes in comedies or herald character exits or ends of arguments.

 

Let the play take you to another place. Indulge in the timeless and profoundly human experiences that Shakespeare projects through the actors. Do not be worried about getting it all. There is something in every production for both new and experienced Shakespeare watchers.

Two Gentlemen of Verona Synopsis

Proteus and Valentine, two young men of means, are best friends about to be separated. Valentine's father is sending him off to the Duke's court to gain experience in the world as part of an educational program. Proteus should be looking to his own education, but he has fallen in love with Julia. Dreading the separation from her, he is sent under duress by his father to join Valentine at the Duke's court. He immediately falls in love with Sylvia, the Duke's daughter and promised lover of Valentine! Warning-there is trouble ahead for everyone, especially poor Julia who wants her Proteus back.

 

Love's Labour's Lost Synopsis

The King of Navarre embarks on a course of study with his three companions and a pretty tough list of Do's and Don'ts. One item on the list is NO WOMEN, but the Princess of France is on her way with three of her lady companions to take up a state matter with him. Afraid of being mocked for breaking rules, the King houses her and her entourage in a field outside the castle. The four men proceed to individually woo their ladies while maintaining their reputations. Trouble is ahead here too!