Bard in the Quad returns for its 12th season this August with a rootin-tootin-shootin-boot-scootin’ rendition of William Shakespeare’s romantic comedy Two Gentlemen of Verona set in the American Wild West. Performances run August 3-6 and 10-13 at 7:30 p.m. in the MU Quad on the Oregon State University Campus.

Proteus and Valentine are inseparable buddies living in happily Verona. The bonds of friendship are tested when Valentine leaves home to seek his fortune in Milan and Proteus stays behind for the love of the spunky and flirtatious Julia. Promises are quickly broken when Proteus finds himself at the court of the Duke of Milan and suddenly infatuated with Valentine’s witty and coquettish love-interest, Sylvia. What follows is Proteus’ outlandish plot to woo his best friend’s girl and a whirlwind of action including disguise, mistaken identity, an inept band of outlaws, and a scene-stealing dog.

This summer’s production embraces the bombastic style of classic melodrama featuring bold physical comedy, dance, and live folk music presented by Miss Kitty and the Barn Bangerz. In an exciting tie-in Bard in the Quad has partnered with Heartland Human Society to feature an adoptable dog in the role of Crab for each performance. Heartland volunteers will join the cast and crew in promoting this organization’s work to care for homeless animals in Benton County.

Bard in the Quad continues its tradition of bringing quality, innovative Shakespeare productions to Corvallis in a casual and fun summer atmosphere. Make the most of your experience by bringing a picnic dinner, warm clothing, chairs, and blankets.

WEATHER UPDATE: We are hosting this week's (August 3 -6) shows as planned. By the time seating opens at 6:30pm, the stage and surrounding audience seating area is under shade cover. Please use your best judgement this weekend and stay hydrated. You are encouraged to bring your own food and beverages for a nice picnic out on the Quad. If you have any heat concerns, please call our Box Office Manager, Marissa Solini, at (541) 737 - 2853 and she can assist you in exchanging tickets for a later date.     



The performance will take place outdoors at the Memorial Union Quad on Oregon State Univeristy's campus in Corvallis, OR.

The address is 2501 SW Jefferson Way, Corvallis, OR 97331. 


Cookies, coffee and cocoa will be available during intermission with a $1 suggested donation at the Box Office Tent.

A few more tips and tricks

  • Parking is free on OSU's campus after 5:00 pm
  • Bard in the Quad is an outdoor performance and no seating is provided
  • Please bring blankets or low lawn chairs and warm clothing
  • No late seating or late admission
  • Seating begins at 6:30 p.m. No one will be seated prior to 6:30 p.m.
  • Contact Box Office Manager, Marissa Solini (541)-737-2853 with any questions regarding tickets, group rates, seating, and other accommodations