‘Love’s Labour’s Lost’ at ASU
The Appalachian State University Department of Theatre and Dance presents Shakespeare’s romantic comedy, “Love’s Labour’s Lost,” in Valborg Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 19, through Saturday, March 22, with a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, March 23.
The production is the first event in the High Country Shakespeare Celebration, a regional initiative sponsored by the High Country Theatre League to commemorate the 450th birthday of the immortal Bard of Avon.
According to director Derek Gagnier, associate professor of theater, “Love’s Labour’s Lost” is a witty, romantic comedy that pits “idealized wooing” against the need for “direct conversation.” Characters use words to define a reality far different from what is actually going on in the play. Depicted throughout the play is the radiant joy of finding a new love, the thrill of pursuing that special person and the consequences and discoveries that occur during the chase.
The story centers on the college-aged King of Navarre and his three devoted friends who agree to “become famous” by studying for three years. Gagnier said, “What they agree to study isn’t important, apparently.”
They plan to shun all contact with women, as well. Complications occur when the Princess of France comes to visit, bringing three beautiful ladies with her, coincidentally, also all college-aged.
Gagnier’s concept is a “spring break-like” romp through the king’s gardens, involving local yokels, the parish priest and a schoolteacher. A fantastical visiting Spaniard adds to the fun.
This version of “Love’s Labour’s Lost” is produced in modern dress, with original music created by Appalachian junior Daniel Bukin. He is majoring in music theory and composition, with a minor in theater.
For a list of all celebration events, visit http://www.highcountryshakespeare.org.
Ticket prices to “Love’s Labour’s Lost” start at $8 for Appalachian students and are $13 for faculty, staff and seniors and $15 for adults. For more information, visit http://theatre.appstate.edu, or call the box office at (828) 262-3063 or the Schaefer Center box office at (828) 262-4046. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Valborg Theatre box office Monday through Friday, from 1 to 5 p.m., and at the Schaefer Center box office Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Valborg Theatre is located on the north side of Chapell Wilson Hall on Howard Street. The theater entrance faces the back of the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts on King Street. Parking is available after 5 p.m. on campus in faculty lots and the College Street parking deck near Belk Library and Information Commons.