Directed by Kathy Curtis
"Love's Labours Lost" is a seemingly lighthearted battle of the sexes, played out in disguises and hidden agendas. For "Fame's sake," the young King of Navarre and his three closest friends vow to study, fast and see no women for three years, only to have their solemn oaths challenged the very next day by the arrival of the Princess of France and three beautiful companions. Ideals of scholarship and dreams of "Fame" are forgotten in the pursuit of the "ideal" woman. The ensuing courtship becomes a shuffle of suitors as the men, in disguise, woo the ladies who, warned of the charade, have disguised themselves as well. With considerable wit, the ladies beat the gents at their own game and manage to teach them a lesson or two. But before the ruses can get sorted out and love's labors can come to fruition, there's a plot twist which stops all love's "proceedings" and leaves us with...a hell of a cliffhanger.
In this updated version, royalty has been traded for celebrity as Shakespeare's original romp in the park outside the castle of Navarre turns into a Celebrity Challenge/Survivor like competition between the royalty of the Rock Music Industry, as "boy band" and "girl band" face off in a variety of media watched challenges. Considerations of love or romance are set aside while the challengers are set to compete. True to Shakespeare's text, the boys didn't know just how attracted to their female competitors they would become, which is a great setting to explore Shakespeare's themes of pride and ambition versus the affairs of the heart.
About the Company: Drilling Company
The Drilling Company (www.drillingcompany.org) took over as producer of Shakespeare in the Park(ing) Lot seven years ago. [A history of Shakespeare in the Park(ing) Lot will be available soon on the Drilling Company website.] The troupe, founded in 1999, is also a prolific presenter of new works in its permanent home at 236 West 78th Street (one block south of the #1 train at 79th Street), where it nurtures and produces new works by emerging playwrights. The Drilling Company has developed and produced works by such well known playwrights as Will Eno, Brian Dykstra, C. Denby Swanson, Tom Strelich, Vincent Delaney, Eric Henry Sanders and Trish Harnetiaux. The company is led by Artistic Director Hamilton Clancy, who has been an actor in Coen Brothers "Burn After Reading" and Ridley Scott's " American Gangster" and recently appeared at Playwrights Horizons in "The Retributionists" by Daniel Goldfarb, directed by Leigh Silverman.
Thursdays - Saturdays at 8:00 PM
Audience info: www.drillingcompany.org or call
Running time two hours.
Theater: Municipal Parking Lot
Address: 80 Ludlow Street
New York, NY 10002
Buy Tickets Online or Call: Drilling Company at 212-873-9050