(Cover Photo) From left: Luke Haskell, Dara Silverman, Madeleine Rose Maggio; photo By Eloy Garcia.
Lenox, Mass. — 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.
Today is Monday, August 13 and you’re listening to Episode #70 of Will Call.
Luke Haskell, Dara Silverman, Madeleine Rose Maggio; photo By Eloy Garcia.
We hear from director Kelly Galvin, who returns to Shake and Co. for her ninth season with the company after earning an MFA from Boston University this Spring. Her experience directing, with Shakespeare & Company, WAM Theatre, Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, Southwest Shakespeare, and other companies really pays off in this faced-paced early Shakespeare comedy from the mid 1590s.
This week’s show takes us to The Mount, Edith Wharton’s Home, in Lenox Massachusetts. Weather permitting, Shakespeare & Company presents William Shakespeare’s Love’s Labour’s Lost under the open sky at The Dell, a sort of natural amphitheater that is a truly ideal place to experience this particular play, which is being performed until August 18. You don’t want to miss this immersive experience, so I’d encourage you to visit the company on the web at shakespeare.org for tickets and more information,
Kelly Galvin directing Love’s Labor’s Lost at The Mount; photo by Eloy Garcia
“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.”
Also with us are actors Luke Haskell and Madeleine Rose Maggio. Luke brings to life the irreverent knave Costard, while Madeleine portrays both the wanton country wench Jaquenetta as well as the somewhat vacuous nobleman Longaville, a member of the court of Ferdinand, King of Navarre.
Historically one of the less frequently performed of Shakespeare’s works, Love’s Labour’s Lost yet has a solid, if simple, storyline that acts as a perfect vehicle to explore themes familiar to us more than 400 years after the works first publication. Director Kelly Galvin gives us an overview of this prototype of so many literary battles of the sexes to follow:
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.
Rylan Morsbach, David Bertoldi, Madeleine Maggio, Devante Owens; photo by Eloy Garcia.
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