Two Gents (2012)
Adapted by Andrew Joseph Richardson with Jonathan Seinen and Brendan McMurtry-Howlett
Directed by Brendan McMurtry-Howlett
Two childhood best friends fall in love with the Duchess’s daughter. Romance, betrayal, deceit, and cross-dressing.
The friendship of two passionate young men turns to bitter rivalry as they compete for the hand of the Duchess’ daughter, and a savage act of betrayal threatens to tear them apart. All the romantic complications of the young lovers are thrown into further chaos with the meddling of a pair of wise-mouth servants, an over-protective mother, a wealthy pompous suitor, a troupe of musicians, a band of misfit outlaws, and one great big, slobbering mutt.
Shakespeare’s original play The Two Gentlemen of Verona is perhaps best know for it’s puzzling, lackluster and misogynist ending. So we had an idea: re-write it. Borrowing text from Shakespeare’s other plays and sonnets we crafted an entirely new ending that empowered the female leads, and brought the play back from shameful banishment and establishing Shakespeare in the Ruff’s unique approach to shedding new light on 400-year-old plays.