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The Verona Project
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Written and Directed
by Amanda Dehnert
July 6-31

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A brand-new work inspired by (but not limited to) The Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Verona Project heralds the Cal Shakes debut of nationally-renowned writer-director Amanda Dehnert. The Verona Project isn't just a play. It's also a band—eight actors with three times as many instruments—performing a hybrid of theater and live concert that marries Shakespeare to fairytales to real life, infusing it all with enough joyful exuberance to rock the Bruns to the imaginary rafters. The Verona Project tells the story of two boyhood best friends coming of age; the boy and the girl who come between them; and their journey toward figuring out who they all want to love, who they are, and who they want to become.

Amanda Dehnert, playwright and director:
Verona's characters are trying to figure out who they are as individuals and who they want to become. They are adventurous, wonderful, awful, funny, completely real people. This adaptation works like a modern once-upon-a-time, and is simultaneously infused with both the youthful spirit of self-expression and discovery and the awareness that we always can get from fables that this is something universal and timeless.”

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Podcast | Videos | Photos | Program Articles

grove talk podcast philippa kellyPodcast
Listen to a podcast of an illuminating pre-performance The Verona Project Grove Talk, presented by Resident Dramaturg Philippa Kelly.
Listen to the podcast on the Cal Shakes blog
Subscribe to podcast feed


Program Articles
Verona Project Program
The Verona Project
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Publicity and Rehearsal Photos

Photos by Kevin Berne and Jay Yamada

Daniel Ostling’s set model

Verona Project costume sketches by Melissa Torchia

Cast & Creative Team

Julia . . . . . . . Arwen Anderson . . . . . . . Guitar, Winds
Proteus . . . . . . . Dan Clegg . . . . . . . Ukulele
Pro's mom, Sylvio's mom . . . . . . . Marisa Duchowny . . . . . . . Guitars, Keys
Sylvio . . . . . . . Philip Mills . . . . . . . Guitars, Drums
Speed . . . . . . . Harold Pierce . . . . . . . Bass
Valentine . . . . . . . Nate Trinrud . . . . . . . Saxophone
Thuria, Val's mom . . . . . . . Elena Wright . . . . . . . Drums, Percussion
The Duke . . . . . . . Adam Yazbeck . . . . . . . Accordion, Piano

Daniel Ostling Set Designer
Melissa Torchia Costume Designer
David Lee Cuthbert Lighting Designer
Joshua Horvath Music Producer/Sound Designer
Joy Meads Dramaturg
Megan Trinrud Additional Lyrics
Domenique Lozano Vocal/Text Coach
Dave Maier Fight Director
Megan Q. Sada Stage Manager
Laxmi Kumaran Assistant Stage Manager
C. Ryanne Laratonda Assistant Director
Krista Smith Assistant Lighting Designer
Christina Hogan Production Assistant

30 & Under

30 & Under ticket discount
For only $20, anyone age 30 and younger with valid ID can attend performances Tuesday–Friday evenings or the Saturday matinee. Seating is in sections D/E/F/Box/Terrace Rear of the theater.

To purchase:
1. Call our box office at 510.548.9666 and ask for the 30 & Under price. OR
    Go to online ticketing.
2. On the first screen, select the date you want (remember, no Saturday nights or Sunday matinees).
3. On the second screen, select "Sections D E F Or Boxes" or "Terrace Rear," then click
    best available.
4. On the third screen, where your ticket price will be listed, click on the drop-down    
    arrow and select the "30 and Under" price.
5. Tickets will be held at will-call so patrons can show proof of age at the theater
    box office.

The Verona Project Tasting Nights
Taste the best of the Bay Area’s wine, beer, coffee, sweets, and savories for free! Since we started them in 1999, Cal Shakes’ Tuesday and Wednesday Tasting Nights have become so popular with audiences and purveyors alike that we’ve expanded them to six performances per show. Our free tastings take place on the George & Sue Bruns Plaza before every Tuesday and Wednesday performance (excluding Previews), beginning at 6pm and continuing until curtain time (7:30pm).

Tue, Jul 12: Barefoot Wine, CiCi's Italian Butterhorns 
Wed, Jul 13: Artesa Winery, Dr. Kracker 
Tue, Jul 19: Artesa Winery, Mamie & Makhi's Sweet Potato Pie 
Wed, Jul 20: Martin Ray Winery 
Tue, Jul 26: Peet's, Cabot Vermont Cheddar 
Wed, Jul 27: Bison Brewing 

Get up to date tasting night schedules on twitter


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