Love’s Labour’s Lost (2010)

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“They have been at a great feast of languages, and stolen the scraps.”
Moth, from William Shakespeare’s ‘Love’s Labour’s Lost’

One of Shakespeare‘s earliest comedies, this underperformed gem is not for everyone – it’s wordy, and it knows it.  But it also takes great delight in poking fun at the intellectuals and wordsmiths it features so prominently.  Holofernes is a hysterically pompous academic, Don Armada is a glorious confuser of language, and the King and his cohorts (Berowne, Longaville, and Dumaine) are nowhere near as smooth as they would like to think themselves.  Love’s Labour’s Lost can very easily be lost in translation, but if the production is given some room to breathe, relevant themes begin to surface – love, and the reasons why people love each other, are fickle as anything.

Playing the character of Longaville, I was able to enjoy the flip-flop journey from an oath of study and forsaking women, to falling in love, to disappointment, to hope, to shattered dreams and future promises.  The women of the show, (mainly the Princess and Rosaline) drive the story’s quest for love (as surely as they drive the men mad!), but their relationship with the men is always tenuous, with fleeting moments of resolution.  The play is unconventional, because for all the work each character throws himself into on the behalf of his love, it is all ultimately for naught – or at the least, a delayed “happy ending” that exists far beyond the closing lines of the play.  It is a beautiful inversion of many of Shakespeare’s favored comedies, and remains one of my fondest stage experiences.

Love’s Labour’s Lost

By William Shakespeare

Directed by Kevin Otos
Produced by Elon University Department of Performing Arts

Scenic Design by David Minkoff
Technical Direction & Lighting Design by Bill Webb
Costume Design by Jack Smith
Sound Design by Michael Smith
Stage Management by Elizabeth Somerville

Featuring…

Mark St. Cyr as the King of Navarre
Vincenzo Meduri as Berowne
Ross Denyer as Longaville
Logan Sutton as Dumaine
William Sanborn as Attendant to the King #1
Andrew Ontiveros as Attendant to the King #2
Sarah Glover as the Princess of France
Maggie Mial as Rosaline
Stephanie Lloyd as Maria
Jacki Dufour as Katherine
Jeff Masters as Boyet
Caroline Drage as Attendant to the Princess #1
Lyndsay Burch as Attendant to the Princess #2
Brandon Curry as Don Adriano de Armado
Lisa Carter as Moth
Melanie Lastrina as Jacquenetta
Andrew Higgins as Costard
Tristan Bailey as Dull
Sarah Nutt as Holofernia
Alice Turner as Natalia
Alex Carmine as Forester

(UPDATE 11/30/2013: photo gallery is currently being rebuilt)