WHEELING - The Independent Theatre Collective will be producing their inaugural Shakespeare in the Park production, Two Gentlemen of Verona on June 26, July 10 and 24, and Aug. 7 at the Anne Kuchinka Amphitheater in Oglebay.
Under the direction of John E. Reilly, William Shakespeare's Two Gentlemen of Verona will anchor Oglebay's Thursday Artist Series this summer. "Two Gentlemen of Verona is a comedy about the adventures of two bosom buddies, Valentine and Proteus," said Jeremy Richter, playwright/ composer and director for the Independent Theatre Collective. "When Proteus falls in love with his best friend's girlfriend, the guys find themselves between the bonds of male friendship and romance."
Written as early as 1590-91, Two Gentlemen of Verona has been debated to be Shakespeare's first play. The cast includes Woody Pond, Brendan Sheehan, Cassandra Hackbart, Karissa Martin, Nate Foster, Vince Marshall, Josh Fromhart, Justin Swoyer, Dana Applegate, Liz Richter and Isa Campbell.
The Independent Theatre Collective is a Wheeling-based, non-profit theatre company that has consistently produced new, original work in New York City's Theatre District, most recently the co-written ten-minute play, Changing Game by Jeremy F Richter and Ron Scott, Jr. It is ITC's mission to embrace, encourage and create opportunities for development and change within its physical and artistic communities through collaborative partnerships.
Additional entertainment in the Thursday Artist Series at the Oglebay amphitheater include The De'ja'vu Band on July 3, Deni Bonet on July 17, and the Beatles tribute band A Hard Day's Night on July 31.
The amphitheater at Oglebay is also home to the Summer Sunday Entertainment Series featuring Cabin Fever on June 29, Almost Famous Bluegrass on July 6, The Wally Gingers Orchestra on July 13, Dick Taddy on July 20, The Ron Retzer Trio on July 27, Rusty Wright on Aug. 3, Roger Hoard on Aug. 10, The Jades on Aug. 17, and Smoke Daddy and the Crawfish on Aug. 24. The series ends with the Wheeling Symphony's Music Under the Stars on Aug. 31.
All performances begin at 7 p.m. and are free to the public. In the event of rain, the performances will be moved to an indoor facility at Oglebay. For more information please call 304-243-4010 or visit www.oglebay-resort.com/ summer-ent.htm.