Coeurage Theatre Company, LA’s ‘Pay What You Want’ Company, has announced the final production of its 2013 season, Shakespeare’s “Love’s Labour’s Lost,” directed by Ted Barton. There will be one preview performance 8 p.m. Friday, October 11, 2013 and opening is set for 8 p.m. Saturday, October 12. “Love’s Labour’s Lost” will play through November 10 only at the 2nd Stage Theatre in Hollywood.
“Love’s Labour’s Lost” abounds in sophisticated wordplay, puns, and literary allusions and is filled with clever pastiches of contemporary poetic forms. Three noble companions take an oath to devote themselves to three years of study, promising not to give in to the company of women – one somewhat more hesitantly than the others. He reminds the king that the princess and her three ladies are coming to the kingdom, and when the king and his men meet the princess and her ladies they all fall comically, instantly in love.
There are numerous sub-plots and a play-within-the-play at the end of which there is a bitter twist in the story, which is an unusual ending for Shakespeare and Elizabethan comedy. The first recorded performance of “Love’s Labour’s Lost” was in 1597 followed by one in 1605, but it was not performed again until 1839.
The cast will feature (in alphabetical order) Brian Abraham, Jonas Barranca, Anthony Mark Barrow, Elitia Daniels, Julianne Donelle, Michael Faulkner, Madeline Harris, John Klopping, Jeremy Lelliott, Ian Littleworth, TJ Marchbank, Chris O’Brien, Emelie O’Hara, William Reinbold, Sammi Smith, and Patrick Wenk-Wolf. The production design is by Tito Fleetwood Ladd, costume design is by Mary Reilly, and sound design is by Joe Calarco.
Barton returns to Coeurage, where he performed in “Translations” earlier this season. Barton has worked at the Mark Taper Forum, TheatreWorks, Berkeley Playhouse, Foothill Theatre Company, Ensemble Theatre Company, MainStreet Theatre Company, Sierra Repertory Theatre, International City Theatre, Theatricum Botanicum, Actors Theatre of Phoenix; California, Colorado, and Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festivals; Shakespeare Sedona, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, and in the national tour of “On Golden Pond.”
“Love’s Labour’s Lost” previews 8 p.m. Friday, October 11opens 8 p.m. Saturday, October 12 and performs 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday through November 10. All seats are available on a Pay What You Want basis, and may be reserved online at https://coeurage.secure.force.com/ticket, or by calling (323) 944-2165.
The 2nd Stage Theatre is located at 6500 Santa Monica Boulevard in Hollywood. Street parking is available.