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The Two Gentlemen of Verona Directors Notes

June 9, 2011 - 8:56 AM

This is a guest post by The Two Gentlemen of Verona Director Ron Clak

It is prom season as I write this. Last Saturday, I saw bevies of teenagers heading to restaurants dressed in their finery. In the local paper, an entire page of color photos was devoted to arrays of young women and men looking like they were ready to hit the red carpet at the Oscars. I was amazed at their appearance of sophistication and poise.

It was about 11:00 p.m. when I spotted the two boys running away from the girl on Jefferson Street. The boys were laughing with vests unbuttoned, their cummerbunds and ties askew, as she was pulling off her gold, high-heeled sandals to run faster and keep up with them. Are they three beautiful kids living out a funny story that they will share with their friends at school next week? Or - are there broken hearts in the trio? Does she secretly love the best friend of her original date and now the guys are both rejecting her? Did the boys and girl decide that since none of them had a date they would all go to prom together and now they are overwhelmed and scared by the affection that two of them are unexpectedly feeling?Two Gentlemen as well as their girlfriends and empathize with the dilemma they are facing. Or if your adolescence was like mine, you may see more of yourself in Launce and his dog, Crab.

Resurrect a few of your own memories and you can be in the middle of that picture. Admit to a couple of the painful mistakes you made as a youngster when you were figuring yourself out and you can be flying down the street with those kids. Just as easily, I hope, (if we are effective in our storytelling) you can identify with the title characters of

 

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