Theater at Case Western Reserve University concludes the 2011-2012 drama series with Love’s Labours Lost, by William Shakespeare. Performances are April 13, 14, 19, 20 and 21 at 8 p.m., with Sunday matinees on April 15 and 22 at 2:30 p.m. Eldred Theater is located at 2070 Adelbert Rd., on the Case Quad behind Millis Science Center.
ABOUT THE PLAY
One of Shakespeare’s early comedies, Love’s Labours Lost is filled with gorgeous poetry, witty repartee, and all kinds of fertile foolery. The King of Navarre and his Lords swear oaths of simplicity and chastity to further their pursuit of pure knowledge. But enter the Princess of France and her lovely ladies, and all oaths are scattered to the wind. Cupid reigns and love is the ultimate prize. In Eldred’s production, all this foolery takes place in 1925 in Art Nouveau France.
ABOUT THE PRODUCTION
With a fresh interpretation, director Beth McGhee asks the audience to “Imagine a frothy meringue of witty repartee and love poetry between two wafers of bittersweet chocolate pretension and pathos, and you have the recipe for Love’s Labours Lost.” McGhee describes the updated visual elements of the Shakespeare classic as “a confection, set in the lush atmosphere of Art Nouveau France.”
The undergraduate ensemble cast is directed by Beth McGhee, associate professor for the department of theater at CWRU. The design team for the production includes scenic design by Jill Davis, lighting design by Cameron Caley Michalak, costume design by Angelina Herin and sound design by Jacob Derzon.
General admission is $10, with discounted prices of $7 for adults over 60 and Case personnel, and $5 for students. For ticket reservations or information, call the box office for the department of theater at 216-368-6262.