By Kate Williams
In a contemporary take on an old classic, PLU Theatre’s production of Love’s Labour’s Lost brings about a sudden rush of possibilities, spontaneous bouts of passion and changes of heart at every turn. This new pop-rock musical, based on the Shakespeare comedy of the same name, dives into what it really means to love and what it means to learn.
The show follows the journey of four men as they make an oath to swear off women of their past and to dedicate themselves to the world of academia. When those same women show up to their college reunion, no oath is safe as love takes over. Both the men and women have to redefine how they love one another and how loving and learning can be inherently connected.
PLU’s Theatre Department brought in current students, a former student, professor and local director to help with the show. Local artist, Philip Lacey, directed the show alongside Assistant Director, Andrew Corse (Class of ’18), Music Director, Tyler Dobies (Class of ’16) and Choreographer, Rachel Winchester, who is also the Visiting Assistant Professor of Dance at PLU.
“The ability to direct a musical has been a dream role of mine since coming to PLU. I believe I can speak for everybody in the show by saying that being able to work alongside a guest director has been a highlight of the show. Seeing a new directorial perspective and process has been a huge benefit to the show.” Assistant Director, Andrew Corse ‘18 remarked. “What makes this show so special is its ability to take the classic Shakespearean script and modernize it for a whole new generation of viewers to create something truly special!”
Love’s Labour’s Lost runs March 9, 10, 15 (student discount performance), 16 and 17 at 7:30pm and March 18 at 2pm in Eastvold Auditorium of the Karen Hille Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are available online at Eventbrite. $10 – General admission; $5 – 60+, military, alumni and students; free – 18 and younger.
Love’s Labour’s Lost is intended for mature audiences due to mild adult content and strong language.