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Two Gentlemen of Verona

by William Shakespeare
directed by Producing Artistic Director Beth Wolf

July 7 – August 26, 2017

Performed outdoors at Lincoln Park, Touhy Park, Gross Park, and Chicago Women’s Park and Gardens


Bay and Goodloe excel at portraying the young lovers’ conflicts, as friendship and loyalty eventually trump infatuation and intrigue. As their patient lovers, Harris and Malcom honor the common sense and remarkable forbearance of these over-courted ladies. Mattos brings sprightly silliness to lovable Launce, while Sparling grounds the Duke in contagious dignity. Elizabeth Rentfro provides the period-pleasing music…Rachel M. Sypniewski creates suitably sumptuous Renaissance costumes. – Stage & Cinema

Midsommer Flight delivers an interlude of fun – Chicago Reader

…it is the mission of Midsommer Flight to make it accessible to all, and this they have done with their fine command of diction, physical artistry, intriguing music and authentic costumes. A better bargain in live theater in natural surroundings cannot be found this summer. – Splash Magazine

Is there anything more badass than a Shakespeare in the Park actor? In the past, I may have questioned such rhetoric but after spending a steamy Sunday afternoon watching Elizabethan-costumed actors perform Midsommer Flight’s TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA, in my mind they’re worthy of superhero status. – PerformInk

The leads, Chad Bay as a fickle Proteus, David Goodloe as the valiant Valentine, LaKecia Harris as loyal Julia and Amy Malcom as stalwart Silvia, were so comfortable in their roles that it took a moment to recognize them post-performance.  Adding to the sophistication of the ensemble is James Sparling is the Duke, whose British accent gave special credence to his lines, and he delivered at a pace understandable to American ears. The servants and outlaws– Richard Eisloeffel as Speed, Stephanie Mattos as Launce, Shanna Sweeney as Lucetta and Nick Villalon as Pantino—are the comedic roles….Director Beth Wolf, stage manager, Hazel Marie, and scenic director, Jeremiah Barr, know how to make a lot from a little. – Picture This Post

Cast and Crew

Cast: Chad Bay (Proteus), Richard Eisloeffel (Speed), David Goodloe (Valentine), LaKecia Harris (Julia), Amy Malcom (Sylvia), Stephanie Mattos (Launce), Robin Minkens (Host/Outlaw), Jack Morsovillo (Thurio), James Sparling (Antonio/Duke), Shanna Sweeney (Lucetta/Outlaw), and Nick Villalon (Pantino/Outlaw)

Production StaffBeth Wolf (Director), Hazel Marie (Stage Manager), Paul Cook (Assistant Director), Jeremiah Barr (Scenic Design), Rachel Sypniewski (Costume Design), Chris Smith and Maureen Yasko (Fight Directors), Elizabeth Rentfro (Composer/Music Designer), Annelise Dickinson (Vocal Coach), and Meredith Ernst (Text Coach)







Midsommer Flight is a proud Arts Partner with the Chicago Park District and a participant in the Mayor’s Night Out in the Parks.

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