The Two Gentlemen of Verona

Summer 2014

The Two Gentlemen of Verona

Romantic Shakespearean Comedy

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Matt Pfeiffer


Proteus and Valentine are the best of friends until Proteus falls for the new object of Valentine’s affections – Silvia. Forsaking his first love, Julia, Proteus sets out to betray his unsuspecting friend, only to find that both Silvia and Julia have a thing or two to teach him about loyalty and love. With a Duke, a debutante, and a dog (!) joining the lovers, Shakespeare’s gentlest romantic comedy delights. Recommended for ages 8+



  • Prologues: Join us for insights into the play in an informal setting. Free. Held in the theatre 45 minutes prior to every curtain.
  • Opening night, Friday, June 20. Join the PSF actors and staff for a friendly post-show champagne toast.
  • Meet the actors for an informal talk-back after the show Thursday, June 26, July 3 and July 10.
  • Savoring Shakespeare: specialty dinner themed to the play with behind-the-scenes insights Thursday, July 10 and Saturday, July 12, 5:30pm.


Sponsored in honor of Fr. Gerard J Schubert, OSFS, by a grateful DeSales University Community





The Philadelphia Inquirer

“Shakespeare at his summery finest.”

“This charming production—with many musical interludes and an adorable shaggy, white lapdog (Duncan, as Crab) —makes one of the bard’s earliest comedies feel at once fresh and casual.”

The Morning Call

“Quick-moving and engrossing.”

“As Valentine, Luigi Sottile is as sweet and besotted as his name implies.”

“As Silvia, Marnie Schulenburg is feisty and self-assured.”

“Nicole Erb gives the naive young girl a strength of character and a forgiving soul that shows her growth.”

“Peter Danelski and Scott Greer are hilarious as the comic servants Speed and Launce.”

“Alex Bechtel is unforgettable as Thurio.”

“Laugh-out-loud funny.”

Lehigh Valley Press

“Fizzy summer fun.”

“Sheer poetic delight.”

“Impressive fun.”

“Zack Robidas, as Proteus, one of two male leads, cuts a dashing and sincere figure with a solid performance that propels the plotline of vacillating love.”

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Valentine, a gentleman:
Luigi Sottile*

Proteus, a gentleman:
Zack Robidas

Speed, a clownish servant to Valentine:
Peter Danelski

Julia, beloved of Proteus:
Nicole Erb*

Lucetta, Julia’s waiting-woman:
Ashleen Rowan

Antonia, father to Proteus:
Brian McCann

Launce, a clownish servant to Proteus:
Scott Greer*

Thurio, foolish rival to Valentine:
Alex Bechtel*

Duke, father to Silvia:
Peter DeLaurier*

Silvia, beloved of Valentine:
Marnie Schulenburg*

First Outlaw, with Valentine:
Brett Lawlor

Second Outlaw, with Valentine:
Phoenix Best

Eglamour, agent for Silvia in her escape:
Brian McCann

Brian McCann

Crab, the dog:

Phoenix Best

Brett Lawlor

Ashleen Rowan


William Shakespeare

Matt Pfeiffer

Scenic Designer:
Samina Vieth

Lighting Designer:
Steve TenEyck

Costume Designer:
Marla Jurglanis

Sound Designer:
Matthew Given

Music Director:
Alex Bechtel*

Production Stage Manager:
Luisa Ann Torres*

Producing Artistic Director:
Patrick Mulcahy

*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Stage Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.