Hear Ye, Hear Ye! Come one, come all, to a production of Shakespeare's, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, under the stars!
Let's take a break from all the dancing, drinking and debauchery (OK, not the drinking) for a night of drama and comedy, with the Sound as our backdrop.
Let's relax by the water with friends, wine, and food as we take in this great adaptation of one of Shakespeare's best known comedies!
THE TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA
The two "gentlemen" of the title are Proteus and Valentine, who are taking leave of one another as the play opens. Valentine travels to Milan, where he falls in love with Silvia, daughter of the Duke. Proteus, meanwhile, hunts after love and remains in Verona, pledged to faithfulness to his beloved Julia.
When Proteus travels to Milan, however, he too falls in love with Silvia and proceeds to undermine his friend by denouncing him to the Duke. Valentine is banished to the forest, where he joins a band of thieves. Proteus pursues Silvia more and more fervently, even to the point of threatening to take her violently. Julia arrives in Milan disguised as a page and joins herself to the unsuspecting Proteus, and the two of them "rescue" Silvia from the brigands to whom she had fled. At the moment when Proteus is about to attack Silvia, Valentine intercedes to save her. Astonishingly, Valentine is so overcome by his friend's anguish that he is even prepared to yield Silvia to Proteus. Julia swoons, and the page's true identity is revealed. Proteus now sees her as his true love, and the Duke arrives on stage to offer his daughter's hand to Valentine.
THE MORE THE MERRIER!
We will be inviting 12 other groups to join us so expect plenty of company and conversation. The play starts at 7:30 and ends at approximately 10:15 but let's meet at 5:00 PM, so as to get a good spot and socialize before the play starts.
BRING A CHAIR & A FRIEND
You will need to bring a folding chair (recommended) or a blanket.
The play is FREE but they ask for a $20. donation or what ever you can afford.
SHARE & BYOB
Bring some munchies ( fruits, cheese, desert, chips and dips) to share at our area. This event is BYOB so wine and beer are allowed. Bring a small low folding table if you have one and a bottle of beverage to share.
There is a concession stand that will be selling food also.
What about rain?
Unless it’s raining hard at 7:30, we’ll plan to go on with the show. We don’t call off performances until the last possible moment. Summer weather is so unpredictable — a late afternoon shower can move on to leave a beautiful balmy evening.
Bring your own seating, and choose an open spot.
Front Section: Blankets only
Middle Section: Blankets & low lawn chairs (maximum back height 26”, which IS enforced!)
Rear Section: Higher folding chairs
Parks open at 4 p.m.
Free admission! Donations are gratefully accepted. Suggested donation: $20 adults / $10 students & seniors
What to Bring?
Blankets, folding chairs and picnic fare will set you up well. Bring sweaters too—by the second act the sun has gone down and it can get chilly, depending on the weather. Ice cream and snacks, cold drinks and coffee can be purchased in the park and many of the local restaurants and markets) offer special Shakespeare on the Sound dinners. No dogs, please.
What about Wine?
This is our most popular question. We don’t sell wine in the park in Rowayton, but yes, it is allowed. The Rowayton Wine Shop is just across the street from Pinkney Park. You can also order the perfect wine for a night of Shakespeare under the stars ahead of time at Le Wine Shop and pick it up on your way to the park. White wine will be chilled and ready. Go to
What Else is in the Park?
Shakespeare on the Sound has a merchandise tent where we sell various clothing, bags, wine sleeves, hats, copies of the play, and more from this year's show! We also offer bug spray, restroom facilities and plenty of volunteers to greet you and help you find a place on the lawn.
Please get there as early as possible and look for the Red and White Balloons!.
'To be there, or not to be there, that is the question!'