LOVE'S LABOR'S LOST
by William Shakespeare
directed by Murray Ross
A young king and his pals get serious, vowing to diet, study and see no women. When a Princess and her ladies show up . . . well, you can guess. Tons of love, a Russian dance, and a boy Hercules strangling a snake on a summer night. You can’t beat that.
O these are barren tasks, too hard to keep--
Not to see ladies, study, fast, not sleep!
SHOW DATES & TIMES | August 2 - 26, 2012
Tuesdays - Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, August 26 at 7:30 p.m.
TICKETS | Reservations are strongly advised
Children under 16: $15
UCCS Students: FREE
Groups of 10 or more: $25
No children under 5 years old
LOCATION | Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site
Visit the Rock Ledge Ranch website for detailed driving instructions.
Click HERE for directions. THEATREWORKS is located on the University of Colorado Colorado Springs Campus in University Hall (near the intersection of Union and Austin Bluffs).
August 4th at 6:00 pm | Rock Ledge Ranch
We have asked the esteemed UC Berkeley professor to visit us in August to help uncover the hidden gems in Love's Labor’s Lost.
Cast listed in order of appearance
King Ferdinand of Navarre . . . . . Kevin Landis*
Longaville, gentleman of Navarre . . . . . Christian O’Shaughnessy
Dumaine, gentleman of Navarre . . . . . Jason Lythgoe
Berowne, gentleman of Navarre . . . . . Sammie Joe Kinnett
Anthony Dull, a constable . . . . . Melvin Grier
Costard, a clown . . . . . Jordan Mathews
Don Adriano de Armado, a Spaniard . . . . . Tom Paradise
Moth, his page . . . . . Scott Autry
Jaquenetta, a dairymaid . . . . . Takiah Coleman
Boyet, lord of the princess . . . . . Benjamin Bonenfant
Princess of France . . . . . Amy Brooks
Maria, attending the princess . . . . . Kristina Magnuson
Katherine . . . . . Carmen Vreeman
Rosaline . . . . . Tracy Hazas*
Holofernes , a schoolmaster . . . . . Michael Demaree
Nathaniel, a curate . . . . . Robert Rais*
Forester . . . . . Steve Wallace
Marcadé, a messenger . . . . . Steve Wallace
* Member of the Actors’ Equity Association
Artistic Staff & Crew
Director . . . . . Murray Ross
Assistant Director . . . . . Jeff Flygare
Set Design . . . . . Murray Ross
Lighting Design . . . . . Jane Spencer
Master Electrician . . . . . Amanda Eno
Costume Design . . . . . Ashley R. Gamba
Cutter Draper . . . . . Kristin Hinds
Hats . . . . . Harvy Santos
Props Master . . . . . Roy Ballard
Stage Manager . . . . . Kevin Kreczko
Assistant Stage Manager . . . . . Lauren Eastlack
Interns . . . . . Alex Samuels, Michelle Sharpe
Scenic painter . . . . . June Scott-Barfield
Scene shop and run crew volunteer . . . . . Terry Harrison
From Ashley R. Gamba, costume director
The overall look of the costumes is "vintage-chic". Our men have a classic 1920's/30's look dressed in light suits, while our women in are in classic floral dresses that reflect the 1950's. Ideally, the costumes will reflect the light, playful dialog. Our setting for Navarre is influenced by the Surrealists, so we're trying to incorporate some interesting surreal details into the costumes as well.
From Murray Ross, director
WHEN THE PLAY BEGINS . . .
We are in the garden in the court of Navarre, a kingdom in the north of Spain. The King and his three companions, Berowne, Dumaine and Longaville, are about to sign an oath which pledges them all to three years of serious study. During this time they have agreed to read, diet, cut down on their sleep and see no women. Their heroic and disciplined scholarship will make their court known throughout the world. After some skeptical comments by Berowne, the oath is signed. Then comes news that the Princess of France, with three attending ladies, has arrived on a diplomatic mission demanding the return of Aquitaine, a territory currently held by Navarre . . .
ABOUT THE PLAY
Love’s Labor’s Lost was probably written around 1595, and it belongs to a group of plays also written about this time: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo and Juliet, and Richard II. All four plays share a high degree of lyrical verse, and much of it is rhymed. The play was quite well known in its time, but after the Puritans closed the theaters in 1642, it was not staged again for nearly 200 years. In the 20th century, Love’s Labor’s Lost was rediscovered, and it is now performed with some regularity throughout the world. Its language is extravagant and highly patterned, spoken by gifted and eccentric characters who are in love with words. It is also a play about some smart silly boys who fall in love, just after promising they wouldn’t, and some lively ladies who are the recipients of poor hospitality and ardent wooing. Navarre is indeed a little wonder of the world, full of merriment, love and the sweet smoke of rhetoric.
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