Well known for cross-gender casting, Bare Theatre finds timely relevance in switching some of the genders in this show. With weekly protests of House Bill 2 presently taking place just steps away from the show’s opening venue and rehearsal site, director G. Todd Buker transports the play into a modern urban setting while retaining the essence of Shakespeare’s original characterization. The gender revisions allows audiences an opportunity to view orientation, identity and sexism by comparing Elizabethan era views with modern ones.
Valentine bids farewell to her longtime friend, Proteus, and heads from Verona to Milan, where she falls in love with the duke’s daughter, Silvia. Proteus remains behind to stay with his love, Julia, but his mother sends him to join Valentine shortly thereafter. Proteus forgets all about Julia when he sees Silvia, and becomes so obsessed with her he betrays Valentine, setting up her banishment by the duke. Julia meanwhile disguises herself as a boy and travels to Milan, where she discovers Proteus is now enamored with Silvia.
Happy Hour | 4:30-6:30
Performance | 6:30-8:30
The Frontier | Home Base
800 Park Offices Drive
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709