SOUTH ORANGE, NJ -- The final two performances of Seton Hall University's production of “Two Gentlemen of Verona” are Satruday, Feb. 28 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, March 1 at 2 p.m. in the university’s Theatre-in-the-Round.
The comedy centers around the two protagonists, Proteus and Valentine, who part ways during the opening act. Valentine journeys to Milan, where he falls in love with the daughter of the Duke, Silvia. Meanwhile, Proteus stays behind in Verona where he pledges his faithfulness to his lover, Julia. However, when Proteus voyages to Milan, he also falls in love with Silvia and decides to plot against his friend by denouncing him to the Duke.
Seton Hall student Elise Pfail, who plays the servant of Proteus’ father, said, “Everyone gels really well and we all have a ton of fun working together.”
According to Pfail, she thoroughly enjoyed interpreting and learning a Shakespearean play.
“It was a wonder,” said Pfail. “I spent a lot of time reading the play, learning the motives for characters and understanding the iambic pentameter.”
Director Dan Yates said in a published interview that he finds it rewarding to work with student actors. “They have embraced the challenges with great enthusiasm," he said. "They bring a fresh perspective to the timeless themes of young love and impetuous desire.”
The play is one four plays presented by the Department of Communication and the Arts during the academic year.
For ticket information, call the box office at (973) 761-9098.