A New Take on Shakespeare’s ‘Labours’

February 14, 2013 at 5:30 pm Leave a comment


Those who attend the Penn State production of Shakespeare’s Love’s Labour’s Lost at University Park this month will see a play that’s set not  in Shakespeare’s 17th-century England but instead in the United States in 1914.

That was the idea of director Edward Stern, who wanted to give the play a modern touch and make it seem less foreign to theatergoers. Stern also has some of the actors play musical instruments—guitar, harmonica, clarinet, etc.—during the show. The result is a different and intriguing kind of Shakespeare experience, and you can see it at the Pavilion Theatre starting tomorrow night and continuing through Saturday, Feb. 23. (There are two shows on the 23rd: a matinee and the evening performance.)

Stephanie Koons has more about the show in this article from the Centre Daily Times, and below is a gallery of photos I took during a dress rehearsal last weekend. The cast includes a Penn State theatre faculty member and more than a dozen undergraduate and MFA students—and as always, the stage design, lighting, and costuming are terrific.

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Tina Hay, editor

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