May 29, 30, 31, June 4, 5, 6,  2015

By William Shakespeare

Directed by Mark Hardiman

In collaboration with Lincoln Land Community College, Theatre in the Park presents one of Shakespeare’s earliest  romantic comedies.  The play explores the pursuit of love and how ridiculous four young lovers may behave on their varied journeys to true love.

The Two Gentlemen of Verona is often viewed as one of Shakespeare’s earliest plays. It deals with love and rivalry and includes some of the Bard’s most memorable foolish-servants and sassy young women. The style of the play is gloriously over-the-top with bigger than life characters. Our production will be done in the style of commedia dell’arte. It is from commedia that we acquired the term “slapstick” which is a board to make loud “crack” when a clown strikes another in this broadly physical style of comedy. In all the production will be bold with slapsticking, swashbuckling swordplay and hilarious bumps and pratfalls.

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Mark HardimanMark holds both a master of fine arts degree in directing from Ohio University and masters in communication from Northern Illinois University. He is an associate professor of theatre at Lincoln Land Community College where he directed numerous productions and teaches acting, directing, intro to theatre, improvisation and stage combat. Mark has worked professionally as an actor, director and fight choreographer for over two decades, including work at San Diego Repertory Theatre, the Bowery Theatre in California. In Chicago he has worked at City Lit Theatre and Chicago Dramatists. He was founder and producing artistic director for Talisman Theater which performed in Chicagoland for fifteen years. Some Talisman productions under his direction include, Macbeth, Taming of the Shrew, Romeo and Juliet, and Twelfth Night. World premier
productions developed by Talisman include Random Theft and Other Acts, Thinking2, Tell Me About Ireland and Jugger’s Rain. While a faculty member at Elgin Community College he directed The Art of Dining, Christmas Carol and The Dining Room. Mark also founded and directed the ECC’s improv ensemble. Mark is an active member of the Society of American Fight Directors.



Katie Eickhoff                 Costume Designer

Mark Hardiman             Director/Fight Designer

Kennideigh McKee         Stage Manager

Ashley Merrick               Asst. Stage Manager

Jason Rodd                     Sound Design

Jim Seay                         Dramaturg

Brett Wands                   Assistant Fight Designer/Fight Captain


CAST OF Characters


Lindsey Dixon                Silvia

MItch Fesser                  Male Understudy

Ryan Heaton                 Valentine

Ramsey Miller               Male Understudy/Musician/Outlaw/Antonio

AJ O'Shea                      Launce

John Olmstead              Speed

Anne Reis                      Outlaw/Host/Female Understudy

August Roy                    Julia

Nick Snyder                   Proteus

Katie Steinhour              Lucetta/Crab/Outlaw

Devon Swafford             Panthino/Thurio/Outlaw

John Woodruff              Duke/Eglamour




Thanks to all who auditioned!