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The Two Gentlemen of Verona

The Old Globe and University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Theatre Program

October 28 - November 05

Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre
Conrad Prebys Theatre Center

The Two Gentlemen of Verona

Summary

The Old Globe and USD Shiley Graduate Theatre Program

Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre
Conrad Prebys Theatre Center

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Jimonn Cole

Set in a modern-day Italy, we meet two young men in search of identity—and Julia, the first Shakespearean female character to disguise herself as a young man. This company of 14 M.F.A. actors, now in training at The Old Globe and University of San Diego, brings a wild cast of characters to life in a bold staging of this timely, classy comedy that highlights themes of betrayal, loyalty, and friendship.

A joint venture of the Globe and USD, the Shiley Graduate Theatre Program nationally recruits seven students each year to participate in an intensive two-year course of graduate study in classical theatre. Private funding for the Master of Fine Arts in Theatre program has been contributed through a generous endowment established by Donald and Darlene Shiley. Additional support for the program is provided by the Dorothy Brown Endowment Fund and the Louis Yager Cantwell Foundation.

Major underwriting of The Old Globe and University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Theatre Program at The Old Globe is provided by Darlene Marcos Shiley. Financial support is provided by The City of San Diego. The Theodor and Audrey Geisel Fund provides leadership support for The Old Globe’s year-round activities.

Total running time: Two hours and 15 minutes (two acts with one intermission).

Cast and Creatives

Cast

Creatives

Jimonn Cole (Director) Native of Virginia Beach, Virginia. Education: B.F.A. from Juilliard (John Houseman Prize). Other: faculty at Juilliard, teaching improvisation, scene study, acting for dancers. Recent directing credits: Charles Mee’s Wintertime, Lynn Nottage’s Sweat, Julia Cho’s Durango (Juilliard). Acting credits: Broadway and Off Broadway; Hillary and Clinton, black odyssey, Peter and the Starcatcher, Our Lady of 121st Street, Iphigenia 2.0, X: Or, Betty Shabazz vs. The Nation, Public Enemy, Pullman Car Hiawatha, The Last Black Cowboy (also writer and star). Regional: The Old Globe, Yale Rep, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Arena Stage, New Jersey Shakespeare Festival, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Ahmanson.

Robin Sanford Roberts (Scenic Design) The Old Globe: Alive and Well, The Price, Fiction, Art, Bus Stop, Blue/Orange, Betrayal, others. Shiley Program: Measure for Measure, Henry IV, Part I, The Visit, Twelfth Night, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Pericles, Much Ado about Nothing. Broadway: It Ain’t Nothin’ but the Blues. Regional: San Diego Repertory Theatre, MOXIE Theatre, Diversionary Theatre, Denver Center Theatre Company, Portland Center Stage, Arizona Theatre Company, San Jose Repertory Theatre, Swine Palace. Education: Bachelor of Architecture from Louisiana State University, M.F.A. in Scenic Design from UC San Diego. Other: Resident Scenic Designer and Professor of Practice at University of San Diego’s Department of Theatre. robinsanfordroberts.com, @mizrobin on Instagram.

Elisa Benzoni (Costume Design) Shiley Program: Henry IV, Part I, Twelfth Night, Julius Caesar, Romeo and Juliet, Two Gentlemen of Verona, Pericles, Much Ado About Nothing, Measure for Measure, The Promise, Reckless, Cloud 9. Theatre: over 100 professional productions both locally and internationally; work with The Old Globe, La Jolla Playhouse, Geffen Playhouse, South Coast Repertory, Laguna Playhouse, San Diego Repertory Theatre, more. Other: resident costume designer at North Coast Repertory Theatre, adjunct faculty at UC San Diego. Education: M.F.A. in costume design from UC San Diego.

Jason Bieber (Lighting Design) Shiley Program: Measure for Measure, Henry IV, Part I, Cloud 9, The Importance of Being Ernest, Pericles, Prince of Tyre. The Old Globe: The Mystery of Irma Vep, Since Africa. MOXIE Theatre: Bleeding Kansas, Dead Man’s Cell Phone, Eternally Bad, Eurydice, Orange Julius. Mo`olelo Theatre Company: Cowboy Versus Samurai, Permanent Collection, Yellow Face, Extraordinary Chambers. Other: Lighting Director and Resident Assistant at San Diego Opera since 2013.

Evan Eason (Sound Design) (he/him) Globe/USD Shiley Program: Measure for Measure. Theatre: Evita, Cabaret (Cygnet), The Mystery of Irma Vep, Eighty-Sixed (Diversionary),The Cherry Orchard (North Coast Repertory), Into the Woods, Beehive – The 60s Musical (New Village Arts), Pick Me Last, Emily Driver’s Great Race Through Time and Space (La Jolla Playhouse), Good Trouble (Blindspot Collective). Associate/assistant work: Mineola Twins (MOXIE), The Women’s Party (Clubbed Thumb), The Humans, Aubergine (San Diego Repertory), Twelfth Night (Globe/USD Shiley Program), Avenue Q (New Village Arts).

Ray Chambers (Text Coach and Dramaturg) The Old Globe: Life of Riley, Macbeth, Hamlet, Love’s Labor’s Lost, The Comedy of Errors, Antony and Cleopatra, The School for Scandal, Coriolanus. Regional: Necessary Sacrifices, Hedda Gabler (NCR), Tartuffe (Two River), Man of the Moment (Studio Arena), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Great Expectations, The Tempest (ATC), The Count of Monte Cristo, Coriolanus, Hamlet, Henry V, The Rivals, Saint Joan, Richard III, King John, others (Alabama Shakes). Other: Head of Acting for The Old Globe and University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Theatre Program.

Ka’imi Kuoha (Fight Director) Actor, gymnast, jazz singer, dancer, sports model. Martial arts: kung Fu, aikido, Arnis stick fighting, seventh-degree black belt in kempo; world record for female ice-breaking, Martial Arts Hall of Fame. Acting/stunts lead: live “Behind the Screens” at SAG Awards. Teaching: self-defense, hand-to-hand combat, disarming, restraining for SDPD, USMC, USSS. Other: Choreographer’s Carnival, opening for Jennifer Lopez; founded Othentik Gym, a facility with personal training and classes in martial arts, fitness, and movement modalities; co-founded Othentik Productions, a film and commercial production company. Current projects: actor and stunt/action coordinator for an upcoming Netflix film series. kaimikuoha.com, @kaimikuoha on Instagram.

Emmelyn Thayer (Vocal and Speech Coach) The Old Globe: Cabaret, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Dial M for Murder. Regional: Noises Off, Sweeney Todd, Man from Nebraska, Private Lives, History Boys (Cygnet Theatre), Good People (Carlsbad Playreaders), Frozen (ion theatre company). The Old Globe and University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Theatre Program: Voice and Speech faculty; Cloud 9, Rites of Passage, Measure for Measure, Mother Courage and Her Children, Thesis Night, 12 Ophelias. USD Department of Theatre: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Mrs. Bob Cratchit’s Wild Christmas Binge, The Mail Order Bride, Arcadia. Honors: Horrigan Award, Craig Noel M.F.A Fellowship. emmelynthayer.com.

Danielle Dudley (Production Stage Manager) The Old Globe/USD Shiley M.F.A. Program: Mother Courage and Her Children (as production stage manager). Cygnet: Water by the Spoonful (as assistant stage manager), The Great Leap (ASM). Roustabouts Theatre: IRON (SM). San Diego Repertory Theatre: film of 57 Chevy (ASM),film of JQA (SM), 33 1/3 – House of Dreams (as production assistant), Sweat (ASM), A Doll’s House, Part 2 (ASM), Fun Home (PA), Vietgone (ASM), Hand to God (ASM). MOXIE: The Chronicles of Kalki (SM), The Children (ASM), The Mineola Twins (SM), Handbagged (SM), The Madres (ASM). Festivals: Finish Line Festival, Jewish Arts Festival, Latinx Festival.

Nora Kessler (Production Stage Manager) Stage manager: The Love of Three Oranges, Diva (La Jolla Playhouse), Latinologues, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Let My Enemy Live Long, Jaywalker, The Beauty Queen of Leenane, R. Buckminster Fuller: THE HISTORY (and Mystery) OF THE UNIVERSE, A Christmas Carol, It Ain’t Nothin’ but the Blues, Radio Mambo, Bordertown (San Diego Repertory Theatre), Bliss, Blue Door (MOXIE Theatre), Romeo and Juliet, Henry IV, Parts I and II (Illinois Shakespeare Festival). Assistant stage manager: Tartuffe, The Laramie Project, Our Town (La Jolla Playhouse).

Jonathan Fong (Assistant Stage Manager) Born and raised in Macau. The Old Globe: A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Regional: world premiere of Hippest Trip – The Soul Train Musical (American Conservatory Theater). Education: B.A. in Theatre and Communication, honors program in Stage Management from UCSD. UCSD credits: New Directions 2023, Bach at Leipzig, The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity, Limp Wrist on the Lever, Backwaters, Epicene. Other: one of 12 emerging technical theatre artists invited to participate in the 2023 USITT Gateway Program. @j.onstage.and.off on Instagram.