The Two Gentlemen of Verona

Directed by Scott Bellis • June 29 – September 20 • Howard Family Stage in the Douglas Campbell Theatre

Valentine and Proteus are best friends with an awkward problem – they’re both in love with Valentine’s girlfriend Sylvia. And it gets even trickier – Proteus already has a girlfriend of his own. Shakespeare’s early romantic comedy is a lively riff on friendship, love and loyalty with the bonus of two very funny clowns plus a dog that just might steal the show!

Performances added due to popular demand: Monday, Sept 18 (7:30pm), Tuesday, Sept 19 (1pm & 7:30pm) and Wednesday, Sept 20 (1pm & 7:30pm)

Advisory: The Two Gentlemen of Verona includes some suggested sexual content.
The Two Gentlemen of Verona is approximately 2hrs 30mins including intermission.

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Photo Credit: Charlie Gallant as Proteus and Nadeem Phillip as Valentine
Photo & Image Design: David Cooper and Emily Cooper

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Critics & Patrons Say

The Two Gentlemen of Verona demonstrates why Bard on the Beach continues to be a force in Vancouver’s theatrical landscape.

Chelsey Stuyt, Vancouver Presents!

No question this a slickly delivered show with visual and audial richness.

Baird Blackstone, BrokenLegReviews

Brilliantly performed. Love the dog, costumes, music, but most especially the strong message delivered. Well done! I loved it and so did my 11 and 15 year old!

Bard patron

The Story

In Verona, best friends Valentine and Proteus exchange goodbyes. Valentine is off to visit the Duke’s court in Milan, while Proteus is staying behind to be near his love, Julia. However, across town, Julia admits she has mixed feelings about Proteus’ affections.

At Proteus’ home, his parents Antonio and Pantina insist it’s time he expand his horizons and go to join Valentine. Julia visits and is shocked that Proteus is leaving. The two declare their love and exchange rings. Proteus departs, followed by his servant, Launce, and Launce’s dog, Crab.

At the Duke’s palace in Milan, Valentine talks to Speed, his servant, about his love for Silvia, the Duke’s daughter. When he next sees her, Silvia publicly rejects his attentions but that night, she finds Valentine alone and reveals her true feelings for him.

Proteus reaches Milan and encounters Valentine and Silvia. In private, Valentine confides to Proteus that he and Silvia plan to elope, as her father wants her to marry Turio, a rich nobleman. Alone, Proteus confesses he also is smitten with Silvia. He has no idea that back in Verona, Julia has decided to follow him to Milan.

The next morning, Proteus resolves to pursue Silvia for himself and informs the Duke about Valentine’s plan to elope. The Duke intercepts Valentine on his way to Silvia’s room and, upon discovering a corded ladder intended for Silvia’s escape, banishes him. Valentine relays his fate to Proteus, who promises to look after Silvia. Meanwhile, Julia arrives in Milan, disguised as a page named Sebastian.

Valentine and Speed are enroute to Mantua when they are captured in the forest by outlaws. They are impressed by Valentine and make him their leader.

Proteus continues scheming to win Silvia. He joins Turio in serenading her by night and then promises to speak to her on Turio’s behalf. When Silvia appears at her window, Proteus instead woos her for himself, but she rejects his advances. Hidden in the shadows, Julia observes everything.

Later, Silvia persuades a family friend, Sir Eglamour, to help her escape the palace and find Valentine.

The next day, Proteus hires Sebastian (Julia) and has the page bring Silvia the ring that Julia had given to him. Silvia again spurns Proteus’ attentions.

Silvia and Sir Eglamour sneak away that night. The Duke, Turio, Proteus and Sebastian (Julia) set out to find them. Silvia is ambushed by the outlaws and rescued by Proteus. When she scorns his love yet again, he forces himself on her. Valentine, watching from the bushes, intervenes. Proteus expresses remorse and, in forgiveness, Valentine yields his love for Silvia to his friend. Julia hears their conversation and faints. When Proteus recognizes the ring on Julia’s finger, the page’s true identity is revealed.

The outlaws appear with their latest captives, the Duke and Turio, in tow. As everyone gathers, reconciliations and revelations about love and friendship clear the way for a new chapter in all of their lives.

Cast & Creative Team

Kate BesworthJulia

Kate Besworth


Hello everyone! During the past 28 years, I’ve played a Childlike Empress (YPT/Roseneath), a teenaged genius (Shaw Festival/Mirvish), the alive and deceased Emily Webb (Shaw Festival), and Macduff (Utah Shakespearean Festival), just to name my favourites. I heartily anticipate adding a gossipy stockbroker (The Merchant of Venice) and a daring damsel in drag (The Two Gentlemen of Verona) to my list after Bard this year. Thank you for coming to see theatre!

Andrew CowndenLaunce

Andrew Cownden


This is Andrew’s third season with Bard on the Beach. Recent credits include Roderigo, Othello and Costard, Love’s Labour’s Lost (Bard on the Beach); Alfie, One Man, Two Guvnors and Patsy, Spamalot (Arts Club); Charlie Brown, A Charlie Brown Christmas and Centipede, James and the Giant Peach (Carousel Theatre). He is a graduate of the Canadian College of Performing Arts. @AndrewCownden

Edward FoyDuke of Milan

Edward Foy

Duke of Milan

Edward is proud and excited to be joining the Company for the 2017 season. Film & TV credits include Zoo; Once Upon a Time; Supernatural; The Killing; and Super Monsters. Stage credits include The Country Wife (ETC); The Kursk (Matrix); and Beauty and the Beast (Empire). He has trained and performed on stage and screen internationally and is a graduate of the University of Southern Queensland. Thanks to family, friends and Railtown.

Charlie GallantProteus

Charlie Gallant


Delighted to talk about himself in the third person, Charlie is thrilled to return for his fifth season at Bard. Most recently seen in Toronto’s new, award-winning Shakespeare company, Groundling Theatre, Charlie also starred at the Shaw Festival for four seasons and has performed across Canada at The Winter Garden, RMTC, Citadel, Vancouver Playhouse, Arts Club, and Belfry. Charlie moonlights as a musician, dancer, writer, director, filmmaker, and has several Film/TV credits. He is a graduate of Studio 58.

Olivia HuttHostess

Olivia Hutt


This is Olivia’s first season at Bard and she is thrilled to be joining the company. Credits: Jill, Elbow Room Café: The Musical (Zee Zee Theatre/The Cultch) and Nina, Still/Falling, a Jessie Award–winning play on its third North American tour (Green Thumb Theatre/Young People’s Theatre). Awards and nominations: Jessie Award nominee for Outstanding Performance in TYA for Nina, Still/Falling; Antony Holland Scholarship recipient (Studio 58); and nominee for The Hnatyshyn Foundation’s Beginners Artist Grant. Training: Studio 58.

Luisa JojicPantina

Luisa Jojic


This is Luisa’s seventh season with Bard. Favourite roles: Emilia, Othello; Marina, Pericles; Dromio of Syracuse, The Comedy of Errors; Rosaline, Love’s Labour’s Lost; Trincula, The Tempest; and Celia, As You Like It. Luisa is a Senior Bard Teaching Artist, and is Program Director of the True Voice Theatre Project, a community theatre program in the DTES, for which she was nominated for a 2016 YWCA Metro Vancouver Women of Distinction Award in Arts, Culture and Design.

Paul Moniz de SáAntonio | Eglamour

Paul Moniz de Sá

Antonio | Eglamour

Bard credits include A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Measure for Measure, Macbeth and Pericles. Paul is a Jessie Award–winner for his work in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and The Overcoat. On-camera credits include the role of the evil giant, Meatdripper, in Spielberg’s The BFG; Timeless; Shut Eye; The Flash; Once Upon a Time in Wonderland; Motive; and The Killing. Paul is the Artistic Director of Theatre and Music at Arts Umbrella and is a graduate of Studio 58.

Chirag NaikSpeed

Chirag Naik


Chirag is a Vancouver-based actor who has worked with theatre companies across Canada. He is thrilled to be back with Bard for his third season! Recently he has expanded into film work in Vancouver which inspired him to work on writing, producing, and eventually acting in his own web series Life is a Dream. Chirag is a graduate of Studio 58 where he received the Sydney J. Risk Award for Outstanding Skills in Acting.

Adele NoronhaSilvia

Adele Noronha


Born and raised in India, Adele has worked in various capacities with a number of theatre companies throughout Vancouver. Recent stage credits include Brothel #9 (Touchstone Theatre); Walt Whitman’s Secret (frank theatre); The Dining Room (Western Gold); Jabber (Manitoba Theatre for Young People); and A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Tempest (Bard). TV credits include The Flash, Supernatural, Girlfriend’s Guide to Divorce, iZombie and Minority Report.

Kamyar PazandehTurio

Kamyar Pazandeh


Kamyar was born and raised in Vancouver. Recent credits include Tom, The Piano Teacher and Tony, The Men in White (Arts Club); Pericles, Pericles and Lodovico, Othello (Bard); Ernest Simpson, Diamond, Bertie, and Espil, The Duchess (Ruby Slippers); Tybalt, Romeo and Juliet; and Jud Fry, Oklahoma! (Studio 58, Ovation Award–winner - Best Supporting Actor). He is the recipient of the Lloyd Nicholson Memorial Scholarship and the Koerner Arts Award. Kamyar is a graduate of Studio 58.

Nadeem PhillipValentine

Nadeem Phillip


Nadeem attended Ryerson Theatre School where he trained with Ian Watson of the Stratford Conservatory. His first acting job was with The Classical Theatre Project, touring Shakespeare for teen audiences across North America. Selected theatre: The Men in White (Arts Club); My Ocean (Vancouver Fringe); Movements No. 1&2 (Babelle); Never The Last (Delinquent); Doost (Neworld); and Cock (Rumble). Film/TV: Cosmopolis (David Cronenberg), Americanistan (Landed Entertainments), and Android Employed (TELUS).

Carmela SisonLucetta

Carmela Sison


Carmela was born in Manila and raised on the unceded territory of the Coast Salish Peoples. Select theatre credits: Sultans of the Street (Carousel); Dead Metaphor (Firehall); Much Ado About Nothing (Theatre Calgary); Are We There Yet? (Concrete); Jailbait (NLT); and Cowboy Versus Samurai (Chromatic). Select TV: The Flash, iZombie (CW), and Zoo (CBS). Carmela is a graduate of the BFA Acting program, UofA. Gratitude to family, friends, Nigel, Scott, and Chris. @rapsberryshake

Gertie the Basset HoundCrab

Gertie the Basset Hound


Gertie, age 6, is brand new to the stage and is hoping to make her mark on the acting world with this paw-portunity. Gertie ain’t nothin’ but a hound dog, and as such, loves to smell everything. She is also not a discerning eater and has consumed over 12 socks in her lifetime. Her other activities include hiking, snowshoeing, sticking her head through strangers’ legs and regurgitating things she should not have eaten.

Scott BellisDirector

Scott Bellis


Scott has been a member of the Bard Acting Company since 1990 and has appeared in over 40 productions spanning 22 seasons under the tents. As a Bard director he has staged Antony and Cleopatra (2010) and The Comedy of Errors (2015). He is the recipient of several Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards for his work as an actor, and enjoys working in theatres across the country. Scott also serves as Secretary/Treasurer for Canadian Actors’ Equity Association.

Mara GottlerCostume Designer

Mara Gottler

Costume Designer

Mara has been the resident costume designer for Bard on the Beach throughout its 28 summer seasons. National design credits include The Last Wife (Regina Globe); The King of the Yees (Gateway, NAC); and Baskerville (Arts Club). International work with Robert Lepage includes Le Rossignol and La Tempete. She is currently workshopping Coriolanus, a co-production of the Stratford Festival and Ex Machina. Mara, a recipient of several theatre awards, has been showcased in World Stage Design catalogue exhibitions.

Marshall McMahenScenic Designer

Marshall McMahen

Scenic Designer

Marshall is returning for his second season with Bard, after designing Love’s Labour’s Lost and Shakespeare’s Rebel in 2015. His sets have also been seen at Urban Ink, Arts Club, Electric Company, Pacific Opera Victoria, Theatre Replacement, Gateway, Western Canada, Carousel, Green Thumb, and Caravan Farm Theatre. He is the recipient of a 2014 Vancouver Mayor’s Arts Award, a Jessie Award, and three Ovation Awards. He is a graduate of UBC, and a member of the Associated Designers of Canada.

Adrian MuirLighting Designer

Adrian Muir

Lighting Designer

Adrian returns for his sixth season at Bard. Recent local credits: The Men in White and Good People (Arts Club Theatre); Brothel #9 and How to Survive an Apocalypse (Touchstone Theatre); East Van Pantos: Cinderella, Hansel and Gretel, and Little Red Riding Hood (Theatre Replacement/The Cultch). Adrian is honoured to have received multiple Jessie Awards for Lighting Design and is a member of the Associated Designers of Canada. He also teaches in the Production program at Studio 58.

Julie CasselmanSound Designer

Julie Casselman

Sound Designer

Julie is an actor, sound designer and Jessie Award–nominated composer based in Vancouver. Recent sound and composition credits include Outside Mullingar (Pacific Theatre); Tender Napalm (Twenty Something Theatre); Kolejka (rEvolver Festival/star star theatre); and Three Stories Up (Alley Theatre). Selected acting credits include Pride and Prejudice (Chemainus Theatre); Eurydice (Plan Z Theatre); Don Giovanni (Vancouver Opera); Wit and The Great Divorce (Pacific Theatre). Julie holds a BFA in acting from Trinity Western University.

Alison MatthewsHead Voice & Text Coach

Alison Matthews

Head Voice & Text Coach

Alison has been the Voice & Text Coach at Bard since 2009. She teaches at the Citadel Banff Professional Theatre Program and the Arts Club Actor’s Intensive, and adjudicates competitive speech festivals across Western Canada. A professional actor for over 20 years, Alison works in radio, television, and film. Alison holds a MFA (specializing in Voice) from the University of British Columbia, and an Associate Diploma in Drama & Speech from Trinity College London.

Tara Cheyenne FriedenbergChoreographer

Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg


Award-winning creator, performer, choreographer, director, and writer. Renowned as a trailblazer in interdisciplinary performance and as a mighty performer “who defies categorization on any level.” With a string of celebrated shows to her credit (bANGER, Goggles, Porno Death Cult, Highgate, How to Be) multidisciplinary collaborations, commissions and boundary bending ensemble creations, Tara’s work is renowned nationally and internationally. Tara lives in East Vancouver with her husband, composer Marc Stewart, and their son Jasper.

Josh ReynoldsFight Director

Josh Reynolds

Fight Director

Josh, a graduate of the UBC BFA Acting Program, is an actor, fight director, writer and artist. He has worked for theatre companies: Bard, Carousel, Chemainus, Green Thumb, Rumble, and most recently, Classic Chic Productions. Josh wrote and produced the two- time Jessie Award–nominated play From Parts Unknown…, and has been nominated for two Jessie Awards and a Dora Award for performance and fight direction. Josh also creates multi- disciplinary art under the pseudonym HLFÅS for his website

Joanne P.B. SmithStage Manager

Joanne P.B. Smith

Stage Manager

This is Joanne’s sixteenth season with Bard. Stage managing credits include Brothel #9, Demon Voice (Touchstone Theatre); The Rivals, All That Fall (Blackbird Theatre); The Highest Step in the World (Ghost River Theatre); Tiny Music (Jump Current); Any Night (Dual Minds); Moonlight and Magnolias, Copenhagen (Vancouver Playhouse). Nationally toured plays include Where The Blood Mixes (Playhouse/Belfry); Blackbird (Rumble/Theatre Conspiracy); The Black Rider (November Theatre); Revenge (Felix Culpa); The Monument (Felix Culpa/Rumble); Recovery, Soulless, and Hedda Gabler (Rumble).

Ruth BruhnAssistant Stage Manager

Ruth Bruhn

Assistant Stage Manager

Ruth is a Vancouver-based Stage Manager and graduate of Studio 58. She has worked for companies across Vancouver including Theatre Replacement, Green Thumb Theatre, Neworld, Full Circle: First Nations, Carousel Theatre for Young People, and Gateway Theatre. Ruth was also awarded the 2016 Mayors Arts Award for Emerging Theatre Artist by Jan Hodgson. Ruth would like to thank Joanne, Jenn and Zac for their ongoing kindness and support.

Jennifer StewartApprentice Stage Manager

Jennifer Stewart

Apprentice Stage Manager

Jenn has had the pleasure of working in a range of roles: Wardrobe Coordinator, Studies in Motion (Electric Company); Production Manager (Caravan Farm Theatre); Set Designer, Of Mice and Men (Hardline), Selfie (Seizième) and The Competition is Fierce (ITSAZOO); and Props Designer for The Whipping Man (Pacific) and Elbow Room Café: The Musical (Zee Zee). This is her fourth season at Bard. She studied at Studio 58, UBC and the University of Edinburgh.

Kayla DunbarDirecting Apprentice

Kayla Dunbar

Directing Apprentice

Kayla is an actor, choreographer, emerging director, and the Artistic Associate at Carousel Theatre for Young People. Last year Kayla made her professional directing debut with The Jungle Book at CTYP. Other companies she has worked for include Arts Club, Chemainus Theatre Festival, Vancouver Playhouse, City Opera, Zee Zee Theatre, Famous Artists Limited, Gateway Theatre, Studio 58, RCMT, TUTS, Delinquent Theatre, Patrick Street Productions, and many more. Kayla is an acting graduate of Studio 58.

Hannah CaseCostume Design Apprentice

Hannah Case

Costume Design Apprentice

Alex KirkpatrickCostume Design Apprentice

Alex Kirkpatrick

Costume Design Apprentice

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