Amer­i­can Shake­speare Cen­ter to per­form ‘Two Gen­tle­men of Verona’

Record Observer - - Arts & Entertainment -

CH­ESTER­TOWN — The Amer­i­can Shake­speare Cen­ter On Tour, whose au­then­tic Re­nais­sance per­for­mance style strives to bring au­di­ence and play­ers into a closer, more com­mu­nal re­la­tion­ship, will visit Wash­ing­ton Col­lege and per­form “The Two Gen­tle­men of Verona” as part of the So­phie Kerr Lec­ture Series.

The per­for­mance, which will be free and open to the pub­lic, will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 18 in the Decker The­atre, Gibson Cen­ter for the Arts. It fea­tures in its cast a re­cently adopted dog from the Kent County Hu­mane So­ci­ety, who will be present be­fore and af­ter the show.

The ASC On Tour in­vites au­di­ences to enjoy this show as Shake­speare’s troupe per­formed it — on a bare stage and sur­rounded by au­di­ence mem­bers who share the same light with the ac­tors, each of whom plays mul­ti­ple roles. This highly in­ter­ac­tive style al­lows the ASC On Tour to forge a sense of com­mu­nity be­tween per­form­ers and au­di­ence rarely found in theater to­day, and en­ables au­di­ences to bet­ter un­der­stand and enjoy th­ese clas­sic works.

Founded in 1988, the ASC On Tour boasts more than 25 years’ worth of global tour­ing ex­pe­ri­ence on stages in 47 states, five for­eign na­tions, and one U.S. ter­ri­tory. The ASC On Tour pre­vi­ously vis­ited Wash­ing­ton Col­lege in 2013 for a per­for­mance of “Henry IV, Part 1.”

For more in­for­ma­tion on The Amer­i­can Shake­speare Cen­ter, visit their web­site at www.amer­i­can­shake­speare­cen­ter.com. For more in­for­ma­tion on So­phie Kerr events, visit www. wash­coll.edu/de­par tments/english/ events.php.

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The Amer­i­can Shake­speare Cen­ter on Tour will per­form “The Two Gen­tle­men of Verona,” at 7:30 p.m. Thurs­day, Sept. 18, in the Decker The­atre, Gibson Cen­ter for the Arts. The per­for­mance is free and open to the pub­lic.

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