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Posted on: July 19, 2018

Lakeland is hosting a FREE Shakespeare event on September 28th at 6pm, in IH Park

Free Shakespeare Shout-Out Series
The Two Gentlemen of Verona
…by William Shakespeare

Directed by Stephanie Shine
Sponsored by Evans/Petree, P.C.

75-minute running time
It’s free, fun, fast, and for everyone!  Last season’s inaugural Shout-Out Series returns by popular demand with 11 performances at 10 outdoor/indoor locations throughout Shelby County (Lakeland: September 28 at 6:00 pm at IH Park).

Ideal for families and picnics, this quick-fire version of Two Gents provides a rare opportunity to laugh at Shakespeare’s first comedy – and perhaps even his very first play. 

He takes a well-known comedy of a love triangle and re-shapes it into a love rectangle, introduces strong female characters (one of whom takes on Shakespeare’s first “pants role” before the more famous Viola and Rosalind do), creates wise-cracking servants Speed and Launce, and even adds bandits to the mix. But for all that, the play remains famous for one particular role: Crab the dog. Even as the story ranges from the shocking to the hilarious, Crab sits non-plussed.

No tickets or reservations needed. Patrons are encouraged to come early for available seating.

*** Lakeland performance: September 28 at 6:00 pm at IH Park ***