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Whimsical Romantic Comedy

By William Shakespeare

JULY 27 - AUGUST 7 | SCHUBERT THEATRE

Four idealistic young men foreswear food, fun, and women to dedicate themselves to study and fasting. But when Rosaline, Maria, Katherine, and the Princess arrive, the men’s vows are put to the test. A sweet romantic comedy full of mistaken identities, confessions of love, and heart-felt affection.

“Extreme Shakespeare.” This production will be rehearsed the way Shakespeare’s company would have rehearsed it: actors arrive with their lines learned, rehearse on their own, wear what they can find, and open in a matter of days. No director, no designers. Just great actors, a great play, pure adrenaline, spontaneity, creativity and fun. Ages 8+

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Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival’s productions of Julius Caesar, The Taming of the Shrew, and Love’s Labour’s Lost are part of Shakespeare in American Communities, a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.

Extras

  • Prologues: join us for insights into the play in an informal setting. Free. Held in the theatre 45 minutes prior to curtain.
  • Opening night, Friday, July 29th. Join the PSF actors and staff for a friendly post-show champagne toast.
  • Meet the actors for an informal talk-back after the show Thursday, August 4.
  • Savoring Shakespeare: specialty dinner themed to the play with behind-the-scenes insights Friday, July 29; Saturday, August 6; Sunday, August 7; 5:30pm

Reviews

Mark Cofta, Broad Street Review

“PSF manages year after year to assemble actors who make ensemble magic.”
“The play’s airy delights, summarized in the prince’s line, “Are we not all in love?” shine through, as does the combination of hopefulness and melancholy at its end.”

Tim Dunleavy, DC Metro Theatre Arts

“This production has a polish and a sense of ingenuity that make for a merry take on a predominantly lighthearted play.”
“Anthony Lawton… runs away with the show with a deliciously over-the-top performance as Don Adriano, a Latin lover and would-be tough guy.”
“With a nice mixture of romance and raucousness, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival’s entertaining Love’s Labour’s Lost makes for an enjoyable and resourceful take on a lesser-known Shakespeare comedy.”

Hugh Hunter, Philadelphia Inquirer

“...an electrifying show that is a cross between Shakespeare and the improvisational comedy of Chicago's Second City.”
“…doubly hilarious, since the love-worn men do not seem to realize that their own silliness is being comically mirrored.”
“A very funny night”

 

Features

Love’s Labour’s Lost: The Folly of Oaths and the Wisdom from Lost Love

In Love’s Labour’s Lost, the men have returned successful from wars and are retreating from the world to conquer peace. The King of Navarre turns his court into a “little Academy” in hope of finding philosophical wisdom, yet wisdom only comes in the form he has renounced: women. In this play—a comic war of words between men, women, servants, and foreigners—the lesson learned comes when they all recognize how ridiculous their strict oaths actually were: denying their hearts’ desires.

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JUSTIN ARIOLA

Dull

Justin is a recent graduate of DeSales’ Theatre program, where he appeared in Act 1 productions of The Miser, Bus Stop and Elektra. Other credits: Scotland Road, Chess, Picnic, Anna in the Tropics, A Doll’s House, Macbeth and Romeo & Juliet, as well as Allentown Public Theatre children’s productions of The Jungle Book and Charlotte’s Web.

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PETER DANELSKI

Moth

Peter is a recent graduate of Trinity College Dublin. He is also a graduate of DeSales’ Theatre and Philosophy programs. He has worked regionally with Curio Theatre Company and People’s Light as well as performing and directing in New York City. While in Dublin, he was active with the Dublin Players and the Lir Academy. www.petedanelski.com.

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AKEEM DAVIS

Longaville

Regional: Folger Shakespeare Library:  District Merchants; People’s Light and Theatre Company: All My Sons; Theatre Horizon: Lobby Hero, In the Blood (Barrymore Award nomination, Outstanding Supporting Actor); InterAct Theatre: The Dangerous House of Pretty M’bane; Philadelphia Shakespeare Company: Henry V, Romeo and Juliet; Simpatico Theatre Project: The Brothers Size (Barrymore Award nomination, Outstanding Lead Actor). 2015 F. Otto Haas Award for Emerging Philadelphia Theatre Artist.

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BETH EGAN

Jaquentta

Beth is a recent DeSales Graduate! Last summer she appeared in PSF's Les Mis in the ensemble. Act 1 credits include Me & My Girl (Maria, Duchess of Dene) Elektra (Khoregos), and Bus Stop (Grace Hoylard) among others. Thanks to all her friends and family for their love and support.

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RYAN HAGAN

Dumaine

A recent DeSales graduate, Ryan previously performed in PSF’s productions of Rapunzel, Around the World in 80 Days, and Pericles. He thankshis friends and family as well as the faculty at PSF and DSU.

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MATTIE HAWKINSON*

Rosaline

PSF debut. Recent credits: As You Like It (Center Stage); A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Winter’s Tale (Monmouth); Circle Mirror Transformation (Cincinnati Playhouse); Mourning Becomes Electra, Misanthrope (Quintessence); Othello (Milwaukee); Little Night Music (Centerstage and Chicago Shakespeare); Third (Denver Center); Equivocation (Manhattan Theatre Club); The Snow Queen, Half & Half, Hanging Fire, Blackbird (Victory Gardens); Rock ‘N’ Roll (Goodman); I Never Sang for My Father (Steppenwolf); The Winter’s Tale, A Flea in Her Ear (Chicago Shakespeare); Hillbilly Antigone (Lookingglass) and others. On camera: Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Everybody’s Fine, Law & Order SVU. Mattiehawkinson.weebly.com

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STEPHANIE HODGE

Katherine

Stephanie is returning to the Festival after wielding the giant braid in last summer's Rapunzel. PSF: Pericles, 80 Days; Act 1: Elektra, Bus Stop. For her loved ones—they know who they are.

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ANTHONY LAWTON*

Don Adriano de Armado

Anthony has acted in Philadelphia for 24 years. Favorite roles include George in Of Mice and Men (Walnut); Friar Laurence in Romeo and Juliet (Arden); and Feste in Twelfth Night (PSF). In 2005, Lawton wrote The Foocy, which garnered five Barrymore nominations (including Best New Play). Film: Silver Linings Playbook, Unbreakable, Invincible. TV: Hack, Cold Case. He performs solo productions of The Devil and Billy Markham, The Great Divorce and The Screwtape Letters. For more information on these shows: www.anthonylawtonactor.com. 

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MARCEL LOGAN

Lord/Forester/Mercade

Marcel is a recent graduate of DeSales, excited to be the first generation of the Logan family to graduate, and excited to perform with PSF. He would like to thank God, Patrick, his parents, and for everyone who believed in him and didn't give up hope.

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PATTI-LEE MERINGO

Maria

Patti-Lee a DeSales alumna, is delighted to return to PSF for her third season. Credits include: Hope Harcourt, Anything Goes (Ogunquit Playhouse & Gateway Playhouse); Hodel, Fiddler on the Roof (Fireside Theatre); Anne Egerman, A Little Night Music (Arden Theatre); Robin, Smile (Musicals Tonight!); Wendy, Peter Pan(Theatreworks).

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CHRISTOPHER PATRICK MULLEN*

Costard

CPM is a DeSales graduate, his work with PSF (since 1992) includes Pericles, Dracula..., Charleyʼs Aunt, Hamlet, The Mystery of Irma Vep, The Glass Menagerie, and 20 other productions. Other credits include West Side Story (1st National Tour); The Runner Stumbles (Off-Broadway); The Whaleship Essex (Vineyard Playhouse); When You Comin Back, Red Ryder? (Retro Productions); Metamorphoses, Macbeth, A Little Night Music, Candide, and Assassins (Arden Theatre). He is a long-time company member of Peopleʼs Light where he recently played Buckingham in Richard III. TV: Law & Order. He will be performing his new play ChipandGus (A Comedy With Balls)” this August in the NY International Fringe Festival! FringeNYC.org

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SPENCER PLACHY*

King Ferdinand

PSF: Pericles, The Two Noble Kinsman, 1776, South Pacific, Antony and Cleopatra, Amadeus, Cyrano de Bergerac, My Fair Lady. Broadway: Romeo & Juliet, The Mystery of Edwin Drood. Off-Broadway: The Common Pursuit. Most recently: Moon Over Buffalo at Gulfshore Playhouse, Tim and Scrooge at Westchester Broadway Theatre, National Pastime at Buck’s County Playhouse. Also: The Cottage, and The Full Monty at Theatre Aspen. Tours: Oklahoma!, Fiddler on the Roof.

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ZACK ROBIDAS*

Berowne

Zach has appeared as Henry in Henry V, David in The Foreigner, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Measure for Measure, The Importance of Being Ernest, Othello, The Winter’s Tale, The Taming of the Shrew, Henry IV part 1, and The Merchant of Venice with PSF. He has also worked on multiple productions with The Orlando Shakespeare Theatre and Flux Theatre ensemble in NYC.  Film credits include It’s Complicated, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Arbitrage, The Humbling, The Golden Scallop and the recently completed Stereotypically You. He has also appeared on episodes of Blue Bloods30 Rock, CSI NY, Law and Order, L&O Criminal Intent, I Just Want My Pants Back, Kings, as well as ESPN’s digital series The Pretty Good Sports Show. 

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JAMES “BO” SAYRE

Nathaniel

James is a rising junior musical theatre major at DeSales and will be returning again to PSF where he previously appeared in Pericles and Les Misérables. Act 1 credits include Little Women (Professor Bhaer), Dancing at Lughnasa (Michael), Elektra (Orestes), among others.

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PETER SCHMITZ*

Holofernes

Peter last appeared at PSF as Archbishop Cranmer in Henry VIII. He was once a player at many a theater, including the Guthrie, Yale Rep, the Walnut Street Theater, Act II Playhouse, the Wilma, etc., etc. But he is now a mere schoolmaster and a pedant, teaching History of Theater at the University of the Arts and Montgomery County Community College. He also coaches other actors in accents and dialects. He could say more about himself, but to quote a wise man: “Vir sapit qui pauca loquitur.” And surely we can all agree with that.

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MARNIE SCHULENBURG*

Princess

NY/Regional Theatre: How I Learned to Drive (Second Stage), South Pacific, The Foreigner, Henry V and Two Gentleman of Verona (PSF), The Yellow Wood (NYMF dir. B.D. Wong), Hearts like Fists, The Angel Eaters, and Pretty Theft (Flux Theatre Ensemble). TV/FILM: Alison Stewart on As The World Turns, & Young & The Restless, One Life To Live, plus guest star and recurring roles on Manhattan Love Story, Dog People, Royal Pains, Alpha House, Army Wives, Canterbury’s Law, & Fringe. Marnie can also be seen in films such as Made for Each Other, Penny Dreadful, Sudden Drop, and The Golden Scallop.  Thanks to Patrick & PSF for offering such an incredible creative home to return to each summer and to be able to share it with my best friend, Zack. 

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WAYNE S. TURNEY*

Boyet

Wayne is a Professor with the Theatre faculty at DeSales, where he directed the recent production of his own “transladaptation” of Sophokles’ Elektra. A regular with PSF, Turney came to do Argan in The Imaginary Invalid and stayed on to play myriad old men, most recently Exeter in Henry V.  Turney has appeared with the Great Lakes Theatre Festival, Actors’ Summit, Cleveland Play House, Actor’s Theatre of Louisville and many others.  He won an Emmy for his work on NBC Production’s Hickory Hideout and flew EC-135’s in the USAF.  His wife is the Rev. Harper Turney.

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WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

Playwright

Our knowledge of William Shakespeare’s life is pieced together with information from limited primary sources: his own works, various legal and church documents, and references to him, his plays, and his genius in third-party letters. Here’s what we do know:
            William Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon on or about April 23, 1564. Records from Holy Trinity Church tell us he was baptized there on April 26, 1564. His father was John Shakespeare, a glove-maker, and his mother was Mary Arden, a land-owning heiress. William was the third of eight children, three of whom died in childhood. His father was fairly successful and was an alderman and a high-bailiff (mayor) of Stratford. It is assumed that he went to the free grammar school in Stratford, which was considered an excellent school. It seems certain that Shakespeare never went on to University.
            The next documented event is Shakespeare’s marriage to Anne Hathaway on November 28, 1582. They had three children: a daughter, Susanna, and twins, Hamnet and Judith. Hamnet died at age 11. We lose track of Shakespeare for the next seven years. There are rumors that he was fond of poaching and had to flee Stratford after an incident with one of the gentry there. He began to make a name for himself in London by 1592, possibly earlier, as both an actor and a playwright. Unfortunately, the plague forced the closing of the theaters in 1592.
            By 1594 the plague had abated, and Shakespeare was acting, writing, and performing the duties of a managing partner for the Lord Chamberlain’s Men. This was a popular company, enjoyed by the commoners as well as royalty. It was around this time that Shakespeare and company made plans for the Globe Theater. The Globe was to be across the river from London, and was built around 1599. In total, Shakespeare wrote 37 plays that have survived (or 38 or 39, depending on the point of view of the particular scholar) and numerous sonnets and poems.
            April 23, 1616 is the day that marks Shakespeare’s death (the same as his birthday!) though we are uncertain of that date’s precision. We do know he was buried in Stratford, with services at the Holy Trinity Church on April 25, 1616. In his infamous will, he left his properties to his daughter Susanna, and to his wife his “second best bed.”

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MAGGIE DAVIS*

Production Stage Manager

First season with PSF! Stage and production management credits include: Seven seasons with the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, including A Midsummer Night's Dream (The Pearl Theatre Company); Fully Committed and A Christmas Carol (Half Moon Theatre); Christmas Rappings (Judson Memorial Church); Radio City Christmas Spectacular (Florida/Texas Tour); Mike Birbiglia’s My Girlfriend’s BoyfriendTribes; and Hit the Wall (Barrow Street Theatre); Emotional Creature (Signature Center); Becoming Dr. Ruth (Westside Theatre); Measure for Measure (Fiasco/New Victory Theater). Peace.

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EMILY C. ROLSTON*

Assistant Stage Manager

PSF: Two Gentlemen of VeronaA Midsummer Night’s Dream (WillPower Tour), Much Ado About NothingCat on a Hot Tin Roof, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. New York: Twelfth Night (Esperance Theater Company), Wittenberg, The Philanderer (The Pearl Theatre Company), Arts Brookfield. Touring: Charlotte's Web (TheatreworksUSA). Regional: Pericles (Two River Theater), Gruesome Playground InjuriesLove/Sick (Arc Stages), DetroitNorthside Hollow (Harbor Stage Company), Middletown (Trinity Repertory Company). Emily is a proud member of Actors' Equity Association.

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