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Love’s Labor’s Lost

College students producing a play about college students. We chose to set this comedy at our own Emerson College in the 1950’s; an homage to an earlier golden age of our school. Exploring the humor and intelligence of this piece was thrilling, as was discovering the lessons about love and loss that this play can teach us as current students trying to learn how we fit in the world.

The themes of the play became even more immediate when our first performance was interrupted by the news of the Boston Marathon bombing that occurred a mere four blocks from our theater. After canceling initial performances, we were able to go on with the show and use the performances as an opportunity for students to gather to start to process what happened and simply be together. It was a true demonstration of the resilience of Emersonians, actors, and a play that is smarter than I’ll ever be able to fully realize. My co-director Alex Ates wrote a HowlRound article about our experience navigating tragedy through this play which can be read here.

Performed April 15-16, 2013.

Directed by James Kennedy and Alex Ates.

Produced by Nicky Maggio and the Emerson Shakespeare Society

Scenic design by Autumn McCumminskey; Costume design by Kimberly McCormack and Nico Walsh; Lighting design by Jamie Curran; Stage managed by Tonasia Jones.

Performances by Reyn Beeler, Maria Carreon, Dennis Connors, Kathy Dorn, Samantha Evans, Ashley Goverman, Jonathan Graziano, Ben Heath, Nash Hightower, Kelsey Hogan, Danny Irwin, Misha Lambert, Paul McGlew, Jordan Perry, Tyler Ramirez, and Mary Rochford.

The gentleman.

Mary Rochford as Rosaline and Reyn Beeler as Berowne.

Kathy Dorn as Holofernes and Jordan Perry as Sir Nathaniel.

Kathy Dorn as Holofernes and Samantha Evans as Jaquenetta.

Reyn Beeler as Berowne.

Ben Heath as Ferdinand and Reyn Beeler as Berowne.

Reyn Beeler as Berowne, Samantha Evans as Jaquenetta, and Jonathan Graziano as Costard.