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Hubbard Hall

Cambridge, NY

The Taming of the Shrew: Saturday, July 1, 7 pm
The Two Gentlemen of Verona: Sunday, July 2, 7 pm

This event has a ticket price of $10 Adults/$5 Students 21 and under. Presale available at this link, or buy tickets at the door.

Both shows will play indoors. Click here for directions to venue. 

Indian Ladder Farms

Altamont, NY

The Two Gentlemen of Verona: Saturday, July 29, 3 pm
The Taming of the Shrew: Sunday, July 30, 3 pm

This event has a suggested donation of $25. Sliding scale presale available at this link, or get a ticket at the door.

Both shows will play outdoors. Bring your own seating, or use the picnic tables provided! In case of rain, we will perform at Indian Ladder's events space, steps away from the outdoor playing area. Click here for directions to venue. 

Lionheart on the Green

Albany, NY

The Two Gentlemen of Verona: Saturday, August 12, 3 pm

This event has a suggested donation of $25. Sliding scale presale available at this link, or get a ticket at the door.

This show will play outdoors. Click here for directions to the venue.

Music Haven

Schenectady, NY

The Taming of the Shrew: Friday, August 25, 7 pm
The Two Gentlemen of Verona: Saturday, August 26, 7 pm

This event is FREE and open to the public. 

Both shows will play outdoors. Ample seating is available on the floor in front of the stage, with additional grass seating on the hill behind-- bring your own chairs or blankets for that. Click here for directions to the venue.

Prospect Park

Troy, NY

The Taming of the Shrew: Saturday, July 8, 3 pm
The Two Gentlemen of Verona: Sunday, July 9, 3 pm

The Two Gentlemen of Verona: Saturday, July 15, 3 pm
The Taming of the Shrew: Sunday, July 16, 3 pm

This event is FREE and open to the public.

Both shows will play outdoors. Bring your own seating! Click here for directions to our Prospect Park location. 
In case of rain, we will perform indoors at the Arts Center of the Capital Region. Click here for directions to venue. 

Sand Lake Center for the Arts

Averill Park, NY

The Taming of the Shrew: Saturday, August 5, 3 pm
The Two Gentlemen of Verona: Sunday, August 6, 3 pm

This event has a suggested donation of $25. Sliding scale presale available at this link, or get a ticket at the door.

Both shows will play indoors. Click here for directions to venue. 

WAMC's The Linda

Albany, NY

The Taming of the Shrew: Sunday, August 13, 3 pm

This event has a ticket price of $20. Presale available at this link, or get a ticket at the door.

This show will play indoors. Click here for directions to venue. 

Rom-Com Summer 2: This Time, More Italy!

Bromance, cross-dressing, betrayal, mean pranks, loud arguments, men behaving badly, women giving as good as they get, and an on-stage dog—Will Kempe’s Players, the Capital District’s professional original-practices touring Shakespeare company, is pleased to announce its Summer 2023 season. This year, we’ll be doing two of Shakespeare’s first comedies: The Taming of the Shrew and Two Gentlemen of Verona.

The better-known Taming of the Shrew is a play within a play: as a part of an elaborate prank, players perform before a beggar who is tricked into believing he’s a lord reviving out of a coma. The players weave a double romance— Katherine and Petruchio spar for control of their hastily arranged marriage and Bianca and Lucentio scheme to elope, eluding her father and a host of other suitors. And, of course, Will Kempe’s Players “suit the action to the word” in slapstick stagings of lovers’ antics and servant silliness.

Two Gentlemen of Verona, arguably Shakespeare’s earliest extant play, explores first loves, pitting romance against friendship, glamor against familiarity, fidelity against desire. Valentine and Proteus, the “two gents,” seek their fortunes at the court of the Duke of Milan. Proteus betrays both his betrothed Julia and his friend Valentine to woo Silvia, the Duke’s daughter. Fortune tumbles them all into the forest green world, where the lovers’ deeds are brought into sharp focus, and from which they emerge— fortified by hard truths— to begin renewed lives. And if that sounds too grim for a comedy, Two Gents boasts the antics of two masterful clowns AND a real, live dog!
 

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