Shakespeare 400 Dinner: The Two Gentlemen of Verona

The Two Gentlemen of Verona: Dinner & a Show!
Wednesday, November 16th. 6:30 Reception. 7pm Dinner

Join us for a warm evening of delicious comradery with reception followed by dinner at 7pm.

Inspired by Shakespeare’s classic comedy of friendship, love and betrayal, Chefs Dan Pancake and Beth Partridge present a one-night only event, featuring a four course culinary journey from Verona to Milan. They will partner with Berwyn’s 16th Street Theater (Chicago Magazine’s Best Emerging Theatre) to integrate performance with cuisine, for an unforgettable evening of pop-up performances by playwrights Arlene Malinowski, Juan Villa, & Rob Koon. All arranged by Berwyn’s Jeff-nominated theater & 2016 ATW Award Recipient.
$75pp. including wine pairings

16th Street Theater is proud to partner with Autre Monde in presenting Three Takes: Two Gentlemen, original scenes inspired by Shakespeare’s Two Gentlemen of Verona. 16th Street Theater is Berwyn’s first and only professional Equity theater company. Created to be a theater for ALL, not just for an elite few, we are committed to honoring the diverse stories of our community by producing engaging, dialogue-provoking new plays. Three Takes features work by three of our Artistic Associates, each bringing a unique perspective and fresh voice to this classical comedy.

Rob Koon (Playwright-in-Residence ’10) is a Resident Playwright alumnus of Chicago Dramatists, where he has also served as the theater’s Staff Dramaturg. His work has been featured at Visions and Voices, Infamous Commonwealth Theatre, Stage Left Theatre, the Ashland New Plays Festival (Oregon), The Lark Theatre (New York), the Dayton Playhouse, and Mirror Stage (Seattle). His play, Vintage Red and the Dust of the Road, received a Joseph Jefferson Awards Citation for New Work in 2003, and Odin’s Horse was nominated for a Joseph Jefferson Award in 2009. 16th Street Theater produced the world-premiere of his play, Menorca, in 2010.

Arlene Malinowski (Playwright-in-Residence ’08) is an actor/playwright who views her solo work as an extension of the social justice issues she has been committed to for the last 25 years. Her solo plays, What Does the Sun Sound Like, Til Deaf Do Us Part, Kicking the Habit, Or Forever Hold Your Peace have been produced and performed in venues nationwide. Her work has been honored with an LA Theatre Ovations nomination, an LA Weekly Award, a Garland Award and named one of best solo shows by Windy City. Aiming for Sainthood was her first commission for 16th Street Theater.

Juan Francisco Villa is an actor, playwright, and teaching artist. His credits include numerous theaters in Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, and Syracuse, from the Goodman to Rattlestick, as well as television and film. He has been nominated for two Joseph Jefferson Awards and three New York Theatre Innovation Awards, has received the ITBA Patrick Lee Award, and performed in the Jeff-winning production of Luis Alfraro’s MOJADA. You last saw Juan at 16th Street Theater in his original play, Empanada for a Dream, co-produced with Teatro Vista in 2013.