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Oh, how this spring of love resembleth
The uncertain glory of an April day,
Which now shows all the beauty of the sun,
And by and by a cloud takes all away!

For our last readthrough of 2012 we'll do an early comedy with a problematic ending, Two Gentlemen of Verona. This play shows the seeds of later ones, like the loves gone awry of Midsummer Night's Dream, and the first of the venturesome cross-dressing heroines. Featuring: the youths Valentine and Proteus, whose friendship is tested by romantic rivalry and egregious behavior; Julia and Silvia, who bravely journey in pursuit of their beloveds; unlikely outlaws; and the servant Launce, who laments the callousness of his ungrateful dog Crab.

He thrusts me himself into the company of three or four gentlemen-like dogs under the Duke's table; he had not been there - bless the mark! - a pissing while, but all the chamber smelt him. "Out with the dog!" says one. "What cur is that?" says another.... I, having been acquainted with the smell before, knew it was Crab.

LOCATION & LOGISTICS: This time we'll be in the downstairs meeting room at the University branch of Seattle Public library at NE 50th and Roosevelt Way NE. (This event is not sponsored by the Seattle Public Library.) See here for directions A lot of buses go nearby, and there's free parking in the library lot or on 9th Ave NE - 2 hr parking in front of the homes on 9th or unlimited parking along the edge of the playfield on 9th south of 50th, or a bit further north on 9th above 50th, in front of the school or church where the yellow School Load Only signs are (they aren't in effect on Sat.).

We can bring food into the meeting room as long as we clean up afterwards. (You might want to check out the University District Saturday Farmers' Market before hand, just a few blocks away on NE 50th between Brooklyn and University Way - great apples!)

This is one of the shorter plays, but we do read the whole thing, so with distributing parts, break and optional discussion afterwards, allow a few hours for it.

Bring a copy of the text if you have one, but if you don't, don't worry - we can share. It's not necessary to read the play before hand, but it's helpful to be familiar with the plot.

You can find a synopsis at this useful site:

Who is Silvia, what is she,
That all the swains commend her?
Holy, fair and wise is she;
The heaven such grace did lend her,
That she might admired be.