Love’s Labours Lost: a Virtual production

Love’s Labours Lost: a Virtual production

After enjoying our time producing Hamlet: Zoom, and social-distancing still continuing to be in the best interest of public health, Anthony Buck and I decided to try a second piece of Shakespeare, improving with what we learned on our first attempt at this strange way of satisfying a theatrical itch.

From Director Anthony Buck: Love’s Labours Lost is one of Shakespeare’s most surprising plays. Not only is the structure a little unusual (four romantic couples plus a love triangle of totally unexpected characters), the antics the characters resort to seem fairly un-Shakespearean – and then the ending… it just comes out of nowhere, yet somehow seems like the only satisfying conclusion when you stop to think about it. The play asks what love really is, what is reasonable to do for it, what kinds of love are appropriate, and whose story should get a happy ending. Pretty heavy stuff for a light and fluffy comedy! Shakespeare’s language is denser and more elegantly constructed here than in other comedies. This production is slightly abridged to help cut through the forest of amazing linguistic gymnastics. If you are a strict Shakespeare purist, forgive us. If you are newer to Shakespeare, hold on a little before you decide this play is hard to understand – it doesn’t take too long for the antics and passions to make themselves clear.

Love’s Labours Lost by William Shakespeare
Directed and Designed by Anthony Thomas Buck
Produced and Edited by Liz Christensen
Music by Luke Haueter

“The Cuckoo and Owl” by Adam Griffiths, performed by Wendi Griffiths, Katherine Tietjen Omer, Ricky Parkinson and Adam Griffiths

Cast:
King Ferdinand – Andrew J. Heyward
Lord Berowne – Ricky Parkinson
Lord Longaville – Scott Butler
Lord Dumain – Adam Griffiths
Princess – Amanda Angerbauer
Lady Rosaline – Katherine Tietjen Omer
Lady Maria – Claire Stucki
Lady Katharine – Wendi Griffiths
Boyet – Carrie Morgan
Costard – Rusty Bringhurst
Don Adriano de Armado – Josh Curtis
Moth – Chelsea Marsden
Jaquenetta – Emma Leishman
Dull – Luke Haueter
Holofernes – Mara Lefler
Sir Nathaniel – Jeremy Jonsson
Mercade – Jake Hart
Forester – Mark Chamberlin

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LizChristensen

Liz is the producer and host of both the entertainment podcast "In the Telling," and the webseries "She Made Me Do It." She is a produced playwright, theater director, choreographer, stage and screen actress, avid reader, listener and insatiably curious. The aim of all her artistic endeavors is to grow community through local storytelling and entertainment.

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