(Lenox, MA) – Shakespeare & Company presents William Shakespeare’s comedy Love’s Labor’s Lost, directed by Kelly Galvin and performed outside in The Dell at The Mount, Edith Wharton’s Home. This family-friendly, open-air production featuring Shakespeare & Company Education Artists runs from July 10th – August 18th.
“One of Shakespeare’s very first plays, Love’s Labor’s Lost offers us a glimpse of an audacious young playwright delighting in his virtuosity,” says director Kelly Galvin. “Within his sparkling poetry we sense the young playwright coming into the fullness of his power. In doing so, he conjures a fantastical world of young luminaries who are coming into power in their own right. In The Dell, where the borders between our actors and audiences are most fluid, we find a perfect setting for Shakespeare’s rhapsody of language, laughter, and summer love.”
Love’s Labor’s Lost begins with the King of Navarre dedicating himself and his country to a life of scholarship. The King and his courtiers have made an oath renouncing worldly pleasures and have commanded all the townsfolk of Navarre to do the same. But when the Princess of France and her ladies arrive on a diplomatic visit, the King and his friends find the enticements of summer love more powerful than they had imagined. A spoof of those who try to shun love and life, Love’s Labor’s Lost is full of witty wordplay, outrageous mishaps, and riotous comedy.
“I fell in love with Shakespeare as a kid seeing the plays performed, so the opportunity to direct in this space for our widest ranging audience is really special for me,” continued Galvin. “As we create this play, we’re thinking about how the story will resonate for audiences of all ages, and it makes our storytelling more complex, imaginative, and nuanced knowing that we’ll have some audience members who are seeing Shakespeare for the first time, and some who already have a deep relationship with the playwright.”
Kelly Galvin returns to Shakespeare & Company for her ninth season having just received her MFA in directing from Boston University. The cast features David Bertoldi, Caroline Calkins, Emily Eldridge-Ingram, Lori Evans, Rory Hammond, Luke Haskell, Fiona Herter (Education Intern), Caitlin Kraft, Madeleine Rose Maggio, Rylan Morsbach, Devante Owens (Riotous Youth Intern), Bella Pelz (Riotous Youth Intern), Thomas Reynolds (Riotous Youth Intern), and Dara Silverman. The creative team includes Devon Drohan (Set Design), Elizabeth Magas (Costume Design), Deborah Morris (Composer), and Cindy Wade (Stage Manager).
Tickets for Love’s Labor’s Lost are available online at shakespeare.org, or by calling Shakespeare & Company’s box office at (413) 637-3353. The show is family-friendly, general admission, and tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for youth. Performances will run approximately 90 minutes with no intermission, and will be followed by short talk-back with the actors. The Mount is located at 2 Plunkett Street in Lenox, Massachusetts. The grounds open 90 minutes before each performance. Audience members are encouraged to bring chairs or blankets and a picnic; chairs are also available to rent for a fee of $2 per chair.
AT A GLANCE
PRODUCTION: Love’s Labor’s Lost
PLAYWRIGHT: William Shakespeare
DIRECTOR: Kelly Galvin
SET DESIGNER: Devon Drohan
COSTUME DESIGNER: Elizabeth Magas
COMPOSER: Deborah Morris
VOCAL COACH: Gwendolyn Schwinke
STAGE MANAGER: Cindy Wade
BEROWNE: David Bertoldi
ROSALINE: Caroline Calkins
MARIA / DULL: Emily Eldridge-Ingram
HOLOFERNES: Lori Evans
PRINCESS OF FRANCE: Rory Hammond
COSTARD: Luke Haskell
FORESTER: Fiona Herter
BOYET: Caitlin Kraft
LONGAVILLE / JAQUENETTA: Madeleine Rose Maggio
KING OF NAVARRE: Rylan Morsbach
DUMAINE: Devante Owens
MOTH: Bella Pelz
DON ARMADO: Thomas Reynolds
KATHARINE / SIR NATHANIEL: Dara Silverman
Tuesday, July 10 – 6:00 PM (preview)
Thursday, July 12 – 6:00 PM (opening)
Saturday, July 14 – 11:00 AM
Tuesday, July 17 – 6:00 PM
Thursday, July 19 – 6:00 PM
Saturday, July 21 – 11:00 AM
Tuesday, July 24 – 6:00 PM
Thursday, July 26 – 6:00 PM
Saturday, July 28 – 11:00 AM
Tuesday, July 31 – 6:00 PM
Thursday, August 2 – 6:00 PM
Saturday, August 4 – 11:00 AM
Tuesday, August 7 – 6:00 PM
Saturday, August 11 – 11:00 AM
Saturday, August 18 – 11:00 AM (closing)
About Kelly Galvin
(Director, Love’s Labor’s Lost) ninth season. S&Co Director: The Clean House (reading), Fall Festival of Shakespeare 2008-2013, Bankside Preludes. S&Co Actor: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, King Lear, The Venetian Twins, The Winter’s Tale, The Learned Ladies, Les Liaisons Dangereuses. WAM Theatre: Artistic Associate (2012-2014), The Last Wifedirector, Blue Stockings (reading) director, Fresh Takes inaugural curator and producer. Other Directing: Southwest Shakespeare (Photograph 51), Boston Playwrights’ Theatre (Memorial, New Play Festival), The Theatre at Woodshill (As You Like It, Much Ado About Nothing), Boston University School of Theatre (The Cherry Orchard, The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Dancing at Lughnasa, The Duchess of Malfi, The Tall Girls). Assistant Directing & Observerships: Asolo Rep, Bedlam NYC, Orlando Shakespeare Theatre, Boston Center for American Performance, Huntington Theatre Company. Directing Fellowship: Asolo Repertory Theatre. Artistic Development Internship: Arena Stage. Training: MFA, Boston University. BA, Wellesley College. kellydirecting.com.
About William Shakespeare
(Playwright, Love’s Labor’s Lost) He was an English poet, playwright, and actor, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world’s pre-eminent dramatist. His works, including some collaborations, consist of about 37 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and several other poems. His plays have been translated into every major living language and are performed more often than those of any other playwright.
About Shakespeare & Company
Located in the beautiful Berkshires of Western Massachusetts, Shakespeare & Company is one of the leading Shakespeare festivals of the world. Founded in 1978, the organization attracts over 30,000 patrons annually. The Company is also home to an internationally renowned Center for Actor Training and award-winning Education Program. More information is available at www.shakespeare.org.