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'Two Gentlemen of Verona' to play at Wheelwright

September 10, 2009

Cambridge American Stage Tour (CAST), the University of Cambridge's student theatre company, will perform a modern-dress version of Shakespeare's comedy "Two Gentlemen of Verona" at Coastal Carolina University at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 22 in Wheelwright Auditorium.

Following the fortunes of four lovers, three outlaws, two clowns and one dog, the play is a witty discourse on the themes of youth and immaturity, loyalty and betrayal.

CAST is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a 12-stop tour along the East coast. The production is directed by Tom Attenborough, an English literature graduate of Trinity College, and co-produced by James Baggaley and Tim Checkley.

"Two Gentlemen of Verona" is set in Italy and begins with the journey of two friends, Proteus and Valentine. When Valentine leaves Verona to take his place at the court of the Duke of Milan, he falls in love with the duke's daughter, Silvia. With urging from his father, Proteus eventually leaves Verona as well and is forced to say goodbye to his love, Julia. However, when he arrives in Milan, he too instantly falls in love with Silvia.

Suddenly an unbreakable friendship and four people's happiness is threatened by the course of young love heading in all the wrong directions.

Special performance admission ranges from $10 to $15 depending on seat choice; teens (ages 11 to 17), seniors, alumni and Osher Lifelong Learners get a $5 discount; children ages 10 and under are $5 with ticket but must be accompanied by an adult. Coastal Carolina University and Horry Georgetown Technical College (HGTC) students, one ticket for $5 per valid ID; Coastal Carolina University and HGTC faculty and staff, two tickets for $5 per valid ID.

Tickets may now be purchased online by going to www.coastal.edu/culturalarts/months/tickets.html.

Tickets may be picked up from Wheelwright Box Office (843-349-2502) Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., or prior to the performance.