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Love's Labor's Lost

"A howler, a hoot, a full-filled romp!"— Berkshire Edge

"The magic of Shakespeare is at The Dell at The Mount...a delightful farce." —Berkshire Fine Arts

A life of scholarship is in store for Navarre, where the King and his courtiers have made an oath renouncing worldly pleasures and commanding 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, hilarious mishaps, and riotous comedy. The Dell is the perfect setting for this sweet coming-of-age story, with its host of delightful characters and sparkling depiction of young love.

Generously sponsored by Natalie and Howard Shawn.

Rain Policy

From time to time weather may affect your enjoyment of the performance in the outdoor at The Mount, Edith Wharton's Home. Most often the show will go on and depending on the severity of the rain, will be performed as scheduled.

Performances at the Mount may be held for 20 minutes to see if the rain will let up.

Plot Summary

Our court shall be a little Academe”

The King of Navare and his courtiers Berowne, Dumaine, and Longaville have made an oath to live a life of study for three years. To do so, they’ll put aside all wordly pleasures, including any thoughts of love. The King’s edict applies to all of the people of Navarre, and includes a rule that forbids women to come within a mile of the court. Berowne expresses his skepticism about such a plan, but his loyalty to the King prevails and he signs his name to the vow.

“A letter from the magnificent Armado”

Meanwhile, Don Adriano de Armado, a loquacious scholar from Spain, reports that Costard, a local youth, has been talking in the park with Jaquenetta, a country girl, in clear defiance of the King's new rules. The King and his courtiers reprimand Costard and put him into Armado’s custody.

Later, Armado confesses to his pageboy Moth, that he, not Costard, is actually in love with Jaquenetta. Against his better judgment— and the King’s edict—he writes her a love sonnet and demands that Costard deliver it to her.

The people of Navarre adjust to a life of study, some more easily than others. The self-satisfied scholar Holofernes and the --pious pastor Sir Nathaniel, in particular, embrace the opportunity to live a scholarly life—and to enlighten the other townspeople with their learning, whether they like it or not.

“Fair princess, welcome to the Court of Navarre”

The Princess of France and her enchanting ladies arrive on a diplomatic mission regarding a dispute over the region of Aquitaine. Because of the edict the women are forced to camp a mile away; but upon meeting the ladies, the King and his courtiers find their dedication to the scholars’ life on shaky ground.

Each man confesses his ardor to the audience, and writes his own love letter to the lady of his affection…but as love letters begin to travel around Navarre, the King, Berowne, Dumaine, Longaville, and even Armado are revealed to have broken their vows.

“Shall we resolve to woo these girls of France?”

The men decide to overthrow their oaths and woo the ladies of France. First, they disguise themselves as Muscovites to trick the ladies, but the ladies, having word of the prank from their courtier Boyet, pay them back by trading clothes and pretending to be each other. Chaos, confusion, and hilarity ensue, until the eight lovers’ true identities are revealed.

“The words of Mercury are harsh after the songs of Apollo. You that way: we this way.”

The townspeople join together to present a play for the nobility and everyone enjoys the entertainment. But shocking news calls the ladies back to France, leaving the future uncertain.

Photos & Videos

Luke Haskell. Photo by Eloy Garcia.

Luke Haskell, Dara Silverman, Thomas Reynolds, Lori Evans, Fiona Herter, Emily Eldridge-Ingram. Photo by Eloy Garcia.

David Bertoldi, Rylan Morsbach, Devante Owens, Madeleine Maggio. Photo by Eloy Garcia.

Rylan Morsbach, David Bertoldi, Madeleine Maggio, Devante Owens. Photo by Eloy Garcia.

Caroline Calkins, Rory Hammond, Caitlin Draft, Emily Eldridge-Ingram, Dara Silverman. Photo by Eloy Garcia

Luke Haskell, Dara Silverman, Madeleine Maggio. Photo by Eloy Gracia.

Caitlin Kraft, Caroline Calkins, Emily Eldridge-Ingram. Photo by Eloy Garcia

Rylan Morsbach, David Bertoldi, Madeleine Maggio, Devante Owens. Photo by Eloy Garcia.

Caroline Calkins, Emily Eldridge-Ingram, Rory Hammond, Dara Silverman. Photo by Eloy Garcia

Artists

David Bertoldi

David Bertoldi

(Berowne)

second season. S&Co: Lysander/Flute (A Midsummer Night’s Dream, NE Regional Tour), Brabantio/Montano/Lodovico (Othello), Judah (Wonders of the Invisible World), Oberon (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Romeo (Romeo & Juliet), Rick/Jean Luc (Marcus is Walking); Other credits: Calvin (REALLY; WAM Theatre), Governor Prudblood (Waste, Fraud and Abuse; Screaming Majority), Seymour

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Caroline Calkins

Caroline Calkins

(Rosaline)

eighth season (Rosaline, Love’s Labor’s Lost, Director of Riotous Youth) S&Co: Hermia, A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Elaria, The Emperor of the Moon; Katharine/Boy, Henry V; NE Regional Tours of Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Macbeth; Celie, Les Faux Pas; Ensemble, King Lear; Columbina, The Venetian

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Emily Eldridge-Ingram

Emily Eldridge-Ingram

(Maria/Constable Dull)

first season. Emily is delighted to make her Shakespeare & company debut in Love's Labor's Lost. Raised in Boston, she earned her BFA in Acting at Boston University. Credits include: Grace, Baltimore, New Repertory Theatre BCAP), Tottles, Peter Pan, Wheelock Family Theatre, Narrator, Charlotte's Web, Wheelock Family Theatre,

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Lori Evans

Lori Evans

(Holofernes)

fifth season (Holofernes, Love’s Labor’s Lost; Riotous Youth Faculty) S&Co: Egeus (A Midsummer Night’s Dream); Doctor (Emperor of the Moon); Frank (Private Eyes); Shakespeare & the Language that Shaped a World (2016-2018); Fall Festival of Shakespeare Director (2013- 2017). Regional: Dionyza, Pericles; Mistress Ford, Merry Wives of Windsor;

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Rory Hammond

Rory Hammond

(Princess of France)

eleventh season (Princess of France, Love’s Labor’s Lost) Rory is pleased to be back at her home Shakespeare & Company. Last summer she played Kacie in Ugly Lies the Bone. NY credits: Pericles (SoHo Rep), Measure for Measure, Bachelorette (Circle in the Square), Where’s My Money

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Luke Haskell

Luke Haskell

(Costard)

second season (Costard, Love’s Labor’s Lost) S&Co: Lysander/Flute, (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Paris/Prince/Gregory, (Romeo & Juliet), Boris (St. Petersburg: 1913, Winter Studio Festival of Plays), Gerald (Marcus is walking, Joan Ackermann: One Playwright, One Weekend). Aglet Theater Company: Tom (These Shining Lives). Berkshire Historical Society: Pierre, Jones, Lawyer,

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Fiona Herter

Fiona Herter

(Forester)

(Ensemble, Love’s Labor’s Lost; Education Intern) Fiona Herter is thrilled to be returning to Shakespeare & Company after an amazing summer with Shakespeare & Young Company last year, where she played Hamlet in Hamlet. Prior to this, she played Perdita in Eggtooth Production’s immersive production of The Winter’s

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Caitlin Kraft

Caitlin Kraft

(Boyet)

seventh season (Boyet, Love’s Labor’s Lost; Riotous Youth Faculty) S&Co: Emilia/Roderigo/Duke of Venice, Othello, and Helena/Quince/Mustardseed, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, as a part of the 2018 Northeast Regional Tour; Lovers’ Spat: Round Two; Hippolyta/Snug, A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Mopsophil, Emperor of the Moon; Wilson, The Batting Cage (Joan

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Elizabeth Magas

Elizabeth Magas

(Costume Designer)

third season (Costume Designer, Love’s Labor’s Lost) S&CO: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, NE Regional Tour (Designer), The Tempest (Asst. Costume Designer), Or, (Asst. Costume Designer); Other: When She Had Wings, Long Wharf Theater Education Dept. (Designer); The Hunchback of Seville, Union College (Designer). B.A. Theater, minors: English

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Madeleine Rose Maggio

Madeleine Rose Maggio

(Longaville/Jaquenetta)

second season (Longaville/Jaquenetta, Love’s Labor’s Lost) S&Co: Elizabeth Darcy, Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberly; Helena/Cobweb, A Midsummer Night’s Dream; S&Co Regional Tour: Lady Capulet/Benvolio, Romeo & Juliet; The Humanist Project: Lavinia, Titus Andronicus. Madeleine completed the 2 year professional course at L’École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq in

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Rylan Morsbach

Rylan Morsbach

(King of Navarre)

second season. S&Co: Bingley (Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley, staged reading). Berkshire Theatre Group: Harold Hill (The Music Man), Bob Cratchit (A Christmas Carol), Ben Marino (Fiorello!), Joey (The Homecoming), Bert (Mary Poppins). Other area credits include The Old Mezzo with WAM Theatre, You Can’t Take

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Devante Owens

Devante Owens

(Dumaine)

second season (Dumaine, Love’s Labor’s Lost; Riotous Youth Intern) S&Co: Theseus (A Midsummer Night’s Dream.) Devante is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a concentration in Acting at Coastal Carolina University in South Carolina. He is thrilled to be working with this creative team.

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Bella Pelz

Bella Pelz

(Moth)

first season (Moth, Love’s Labor’s Lost; Riotous Youth Intern) Bella holds a BFA in Theatre Arts from Boston University.

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Thomas Reynolds

Thomas Reynolds

(Don Armado)

second season (Don Armado, Love’s Labor’s Lost; Riotous Youth Intern) Tom Reynolds will be joining Shakespeare & Company for his second season in their production of Love’s Labor’s Lost at The Mount as Don Armado. Last summer Tom played Demetrius in S&Co’s production of Midsummer at The

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Gwendolyn Schwinke

Gwendolyn Schwinke

(Vocal Coach)

fourth season (Voice and Text, Dialect Coach, Love’s Labor’s Lost, Heisenberg, Training Faculty.) Vocal Coaching/S&Co: Cymbeline, Intimate Apparel, The Merchant of Venice, Two Gentlemen of Verona, Or, Ugly Lies the Bone, Comedy of Errors, The Unexpected Man, Hamlet, Shakespeare and the Language that Shaped a World. Vocal

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Dara Silverman

Dara Silverman

(Katharine/Sir Nathaniel)

third season. S&Co: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Starveling, Philostrate), Shakespeare and the Language that Shaped a World, Emperor of the Moon (Dara, Cupid). Regional: The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s Young Playwrights Festival. Dara has four times directed in Shakespeare & Company’s Fall Festival of Shakespeare, and twice

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Devon Drohan

Devon Drohan

(Set Designer)

seventh season (Scenic Designer, Love’s Labor’s Lost; Props Master) Hailing from Westborough, Massachusetts, scenic designer, production designer and props master Devon Drohan has been involved in technical theater since the age of eight, when she first assisted her aunt, a co-founder of Central Massachusetts-based Calliope Productions, with

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Kelly Galvin

Kelly Galvin

(Director)

ninth season (Director, Love’s Labor’s Lost) S&Co Director: The Clean House (reading), Fall Festival of Shakespeare 2008-2013, Bankside Preludes. S&Co Actor: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, King Lear, The Venetian Twins, The Winter’s Tale, The Learned Ladies, Les Liaisons Dangereuses. WAM Theatre: Artistic Associate (2012-2014), The Last Wife director,

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Deborah Morris

(Composer)

first season (Composer, Love’s Labor’s Lost) Composer and music director for Pittsfield Shakespeare in the Park, four seasons, and Riggs Theatre 37 since 2004. Her music for The Caucasian Chalk Circle was featured in Kelly Galvin’s production at Boston University.

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Cindy Wade

(Stage Manager)

third season (Stage Manager, Love’s Labor’s Lost; Assistant Stage Manager, Mothers and Sons; Electrician) This is her third time returning to Shakespeare & Company, and she is excited to spend the summer celebrating Shakespeare’s works in the Berkshires again! She is a graduate from Plymouth State University

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