The Shakespeare Forum Presents LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST, Beginning 6/13

The Shakespeare Forum with Carolyn S. Bauer Productions will present LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST co-directed by Andrew Borthwick-Leslie and Sybille Bruun. Previews begin June 13 at The Gym at Judson with opening night set for Wednesday, June 19.

In LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST, The King of Navarre and his lords take an oath to devote three years to scholarship-without the company of women. But they quickly realize that love doesn't play by the rules. As each man falls head-over-heels, this madcap comedy sends audiences on a hilarious misadventure of mishaps and misunderstandings.

"At first glance, LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST can seem a sweet but trivial conceit of coincidence and poetry," explain co-directors Borthwick-Leslie and Bruun. "Our production will revel in and reveal the intense passions and provocations that lie underneath. Love, impractical and inconvenient, causes our cast of characters to fail to conceal their true natures. It is through those failures that we understand that Navarre, much like New York City, is not so much a dead and remote ideal, but a direct reflection of how the human spirit cannot be contained. Politics, pride, career, and fame do battle with poetry, desire, dance and beauty. We hope to discover why the labours of love this particular time, lose."

Although he didn't find love on VH1's dating reality show Making Mr. Right, Daniel Krstyen gives it another shot nightly in this production which also stars David Friedlander (Mint Theater's Katie Roche), Tyler Moss (2010 FringeNYC Overall Excellence Award for Performance winner for Terror Superhighway), Francis Mateo (Classical Theater of Harlem's Mother Courage), Hannah Goalstone (Love & Irony written/directed by Craig Lucas), Tyrien Obahnjoko (Macondo at Guthrie Theater), Jessika D. Williams (The Bacchae at National Theater of Scotland), Filipe Valle Costa, Kate Kenney, Jake Elitzer, Matt Bernhard, Maxon Davis, Nate Washburn, Tai Verley, Tracy Hostmyer, and Whitney Egbert with set and lighting by Oona Curley and costumes by Ellie Philips.

Founded in 2009, New York's critically acclaimed The Shakespeare Forum was created to inspire artists and non-artists alike to find their creative voices through theatre and the works of Shakespeare by offering free or low-cost classes, workshops, and performances. The organization provides open workshops every Tuesday for people to work, watch others work, network, and learn about Shakespearean stagecraft. Past productions include Hamlet (directed by Sybille Bruun) and A Midsummer Night's Dream (directed by Tyler Moss).

LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST runs June 13 - 29 on the following schedule: Wednesday - Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm & at 8pm (no matinee June 22) & Sunday at 3pm. The Gym at Judson is located at 243 Thompson Street at Washington Square South, accessible from the A,C,E,B,D,F to West 4th or N,R to 8th Street. Tickets are $18 available at 212-352-3101 or www.theshakespeareforum.org.



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