Two Gentlemen Rock Verona

Edited and adapted by James Saba from The Two Gentlemen of Verona by William Shakespeare
Musical arrangements by Steve Gunderson

San Diego Premiere!
26th Annual FREE Classic Series
Made possible by a grant from the City of Coronado

July 15 – August 7, 2022
Thursday-Saturday @ 8pm, Sunday @ 2pm

Directed by James Saba


Season Ticket Renewals begin August 23, 2021
New Subscriptions Available October 11


Single Tickets Available November 22

As of January 2022


All patrons must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or must produce a negative PCR test result, taken with 72 hours of the performance, in order to attend.


All patrons must wear a mask (covering mouth and nose) to enter the theatre and may remove their masks only while eating or drinking.

Due to continued COVID concerns, and with the health and well-being of our staff, volunteers and patrons in mind, all patrons must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or must produce a negative PCR test result, taken with 72 hours of the performance, in order to attend a show. This must be shown to the box office in order to pick up your tickets. A photo or screenshot of your vaccination card or test result will suffice. There will be no exceptions.  Please be prepared by informing all of the guests in your party prior to coming to the theatre.

Furthermore, until further notice, all patrons must wear a mask (covering mouth and nose) to enter the theatre and may only remove their masks while eating or drinking. Masks will be available for any patron who does not bring their own.

We are doing our part. All CPH staff, volunteers, cast, crew and musicians are fully vaccinated. All staff, ushers and crew will wear masks.

We hope you understand that it is vital that we do our best to prevent any transmission of COVID-19. After 18 long months, we are so excited to finally be able to welcome back our audiences for live performances. It would be devastating if we would have to shut down again.

Thank you so much for your support of, and participation in our efforts to keep Coronado Playhouse a safe space for all.

Two Gentlemen Rock Verona follows the misadventures of two best friends, Valentine and Proteus set in the Rockin’ and Rollin’ 1950s. Valentine is about to leave his small town for a life in the big city, while Proteus chooses to stay behind to woo the lovely Julia. Proteus’ father has other plans for him, however, and instructs him to follow Valentine to pursue his education. When Proteus arrives, he gets one look at the Duke’s daughter, Sylvia, and immediately forgets Julia back home. The problem is that Sylvia is his best friend’s girl; and Julia won’t be dumped that easily! Mix in some bandits, an incensed father and a disguise (of course) and it’s friend versus friend in a madcap tale of romantic rivals.

Set to the soundtrack of the wild and wacky 1950s, the play deals with the themes of friendship, passion and infidelity, and the scandals that occur when fools fall in love.

The show was originally produced under the title Two Rockin’ Gents at the Hope Summer Repertory Theatre in 2001 and at Webster University in 2005. Writer and director James Saba brings the show to Coronado Playhouse as part of the FREE Classic Series. Saba and Steve Gunderson, who provides musical arrangements, are fixtures in the San Diego theatre community and beyond.

James Saba, a native San Diegan, is Executive Director of San Diego Junior Theatre. As a freelance director, he has worked at Webster University, Diversionary Theatre, North Coast Repertory Theatre, and was Craig Noel’s assistant on four productions at the Old Globe Theatre. Saba also has a long history as an actor in regional theatre and on many local stages.

Steve Gunderson is an actor, singer, composer, arranger, and playwright. Born in San Diego, he studied in London and spent 15 years in New York before settling back on the West Coast. Gunderson co-wrote, starred in, and was the musical arranger for Off Broadway’s Suds, which has gone on to have scores of productions worldwide and was produced at CPH in 2013.

This production is based on William Shakespeare’s Two Gentlemen of Verona. The exact composition date of Shakespeare’s The Two Gentlemen of Verona is unknown, but it is generally believed to have been one of Shakespeare’s earliest works, if not his first play.

Creative Team:

James Saba (director)

Bios will be here once the show is cast.

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Ticket Pricing:

Coronado Playhouse can offer the Free Classics Series free to the public because of a grant from the City of Coronado. You can reserve up to 5 tickets free of charge. It’s important to release tickets if you are unable to attend to make available for other patrons.

Schools and organizations can contact our Box Office to reserve large groups. 619-435-4856.

For questions, call the Box Office (619) 435-4856 or email

Special Events:

There are no special events currently scheduled for this production.

Community Spotlight:

Please join us as we raise money for Coronado Playhouse during our free classic series production.

Part of Coronado Playhouse’s mission is to give back to the community. For each show, we partner up with a local non-profit to raise awareness and funds in support of their work. For our free classic, we need to focus on raising funds for the Playhouse, as tickets sales during the year only cover a portion of our annual expenses.

In order to maintain the high standard our audiences have come to expect from us, we depend on your donations to meet our bottom line.

Community Theatre is made by, with and for the community in which it is performed. Coronado Playhouse is committed to pursuing community theatre in the truest sense of the words by giving back to the people of San Diego County and Coronado and using our public platform to help those in need.

Thank you for joining us for this free programming. Please consider giving back to CPH and those we reach by donating.


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