Love's Labour's Lost
By William Shakespeare
Directed By Margaret Groome
7:30 pm March 13-16, 19-23
2pm March 17
Tickets: $20, $15 Alumni/Arts Workers, $10 Students
John J. Conklin Theatre
Gail Asper Performing Arts Hall
Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance in 360 University College.
March 14 performance will be interpreted for the hearing impaired
Talk back follows March 19 performance
From women's eyes this doctrine I derive.
They sparkle still the right Promethean fire;
They are the books, the arts, the academes,
That show, contain, and nourish all the world...- Biron
Love's Labour's Lost is an early comedy of Shakespeare's about multiple contests of wit between a set of men and women who are trying to resist falling in love. Shakespeare glories in the use of poetic, even extravagant, language which never fails to enthrall audiences and provides a veritable feast for actors! The women's roles are especially compelling because they all have agency. They are bright, witty, and more than equal to every quip or situation that the men throw at them: the resulting gentle mockery of the men is great fun for all. And yet, the play also has dark undertones which give it depths that will resonate with a contemporary audience. While most of Shakespeare's comedies have a happy ending, this one comes with a catch.
Margaret Groome directs the production. She has been a Theatre professor at the University of Manitoba for over 25 years. Her most recent work with the Black Hole Theatre was The Rover.