Shakespeare in the Park comes to area

WHEELING – The Independent Theatre Collective will be producing their inaugural Shakespeare in the Park production, “Two Gentlemen of Verona” June 26, July 10 and 24 and Aug. 7 at Oglebay Park’s Anne Kuchinka Amphitheater.

Under the direction of John E. Reilly, “Two Gentlemen of Verona” will anchor Oglebay’s Thursday Artist Series this summer.

“Two Gentlemen of Verona is a comedy about the adventures of two bosom buddies, Valentine and Proteus,” said Jeremy Richter, Independent Theatre Collective playwright, composer and director. “When Proteus falls in love with his best friend’s girlfriend, the guys find themselves between the bonds of male friendship and romance.”

Written as early as 1590-91, it is debated as whether “Two Gentlemen of Verona” is Shakespeare’s first play.

The cast includes Woody Pond, Brendan Sheehan, Cassandra Hackbart, Karissa Martin, Nate Foster, Vince Marshall, Josh Fromhart, Justin Swoyer, Dana Applegate, Liz Richter and Isa Campbell.

The Independent Theatre Collective is a Wheeling-based, nonprofit theatre company that produces new and original work in New York City’s Theatre District, most recently the co-written 10-minute play, “Changing Game” by Richter and Ron Scott Jr.

It is company’s mission to embrace, encourage and create opportunities for development and change within its physical and artistic communities through collaborative partnerships.

Additional entertainment in the Thursday Artist Series at the Oglebay amphitheater include The Deja vu Band July 3, Deni Bonet July 17 and the Beatles-tribute band A Hard Day’s Night July 31.

The amphitheater at Oglebay is also home to the Summer Sunday Entertainment Series featuring Cabin Fever June 29, Almost Famous Bluegrass July 6, The Wally Gingers Orchestra July 13, Dick Taddy July 20, The Ron Retzer Trio July 27, Rusty Wright Aug. 3, Roger Hoard Aug. 10, The Jades Aug. 17 and Smoke Daddy and the Crawfish Aug. 24. The series ends with the Wheeling Symphony’s Music Under the Stars Aug. 31.

All performances begin at 7:00 p.m. and are free to the public. In the event of rain the performances will be moved to an indoor facility at Oglebay.

For information, call (304) 243-4010 or visit www.oglebay-resort. com.