The Two Gentlewomen of Verona
by William Shakespeare
adapted and directed by Jeff Christian
Flipping the genders of the major characters, we present our adaptation of one of Shakespeare’s first comedies in all its uproarious hilarity. Shakespeare, as always, displays his keen insight into human folly, giving us lines like “Love’s a mighty lord,” and “In love, who respects friend?” and gives us everything we want from a comedy: funny characters, funny lines, funny situations – all combined with a few lessons learned on our journey to the happy ending. Pictured: Kelsey Phillips from our 2018 production of 50 Minute Hamlet.
Tuesday, July 23 (preview)
Thursday, July 25 (opening)
Saturday, July 27
Tuesday, July 30
Thursday, August 1 (closing)
by Aphra Behn
adapted by Janice L. Blixt, directed by Christy Arington
Integrating themes of feminism and libertinism into a high-octane swashbuckling tale, we are proud to stage the work of the leading female playwright of The Restoration, Aphra Behn. By setting the play during Carnival and focusing on her sights on marriage and identity, Behn displays a wicked sense of humor as she creates larger-than-life characters who prove to be both lovers and fighters. Pictured: Jeff Christian and Danni Smith from our 2014 production of Richard III.
Wednesday, July 24 (preview)
Friday, July 26 (opening)
Sunday, July 28
Wednesday, July 31
Friday, August 2 (closing)
2019 Performance Dates
All shows at 7:00 pm
Tuesday, July 23: The Two Gentlewomen of Verona (preview)
Wednesday, July 24: The Rover (preview)
Thursday, July 25: The Two Gentlewomen of Verona (opening)
Friday, July 26: The Rover (opening)
Saturday, July 27: The Two Gentlewomen of Verona
Sunday, July 28: The Rover
Monday, July 29: off day
Tuesday, July 30: The Two Gentlewomen of Verona
Wednesday, July 31: The Rover
Thursday, August 1: The Two Gentlewomen of Verona (closing)
Friday, July 26: The Rover (closing)
Additional Programming – TBD
Tuesday, July 30:
Wednesday, July 31: 6pm – 5-8 year old show
Thursday, August 1: 6pm – young adults show
Friday, August 2: 6pm – young adults show
Performances are free to the public and no tickets are necessary. A nominal suggested donation of $15 per person helps offset production costs incurred by bringing these shows to Benzie County.
We perform at Tank Hill (188 Park Avenue) in Frankfort, MI. Access is off Park Ave, just West of M-22 (Crystal Drive).
Parking and Accessibility
Parking is available on the north side of Park Avenue, on M-22, and in the Saint Ann Church parking lot across M-22.
Audience members are encouraged to bring blankets, low chairs, picnics and appropriate outdoor clothing. There is no trash pick-up in the park, so please take your empty bottles and other items with you at the end of the night.
Performances will take place in all weather, as long as it is deemed safe to do so and the audience remains.
Benzie Bus will provide shuttle service from the parking lot of St. Ann Church to the performance space at Tank Hill, roughly every 10 minutes between 6pm and 7pm. Designated seating for patrons with disabilities will be available. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org set up special accommodations.
The Grow Benzie Food Truck is scheduled to be available for our patrons on July 25, 26 and 28.