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"Love's Labors Lost" gets WWII setting in BYU production March 14-30

A William Shakespeare classic gets a 1940s makeover in Brigham Young University’s production of “Love’s Labor’s Lost” March 14 through 30 at 7:30 p.m. in the Pardoe Theatre.

There will be no performances Sundays or Mondays. Saturday matinee performances will be held March 17 and 24 at 2 p.m.

Ticket prices range from $15 to $13 or $11 with a BYU or student ID, and can be purchased at the Fine Arts Ticket Office, (801) 422-4322 or arts.byu.edu. Reduced-price tickets are available for dress rehearsals and matinees.

On the eve of World War II, “Duke” and his GI sidekicks make an oath to avoid all diversions — including women — for three years. The complications of unexpected love arise when four ladies arrive on the scene.

Featuring live big band music and a radio show with Shakespeare’s language as he wrote it, this light-hearted comedy is a tribute to WWII veterans and the love that came out of that era.

"I wanted to direct ‘Love’s Labor’s Lost’ in tribute to my grandparents Robert and Delora Foster, who met at a dance in the throes of World War II,” said director Stephanie Breinholt. “The play adapts itself quite well to this 1940s approach.”

The cast includes Chris Brand as Duke Ferdinand of Navarre, Magarin Hobson as Don Armado, Tanner Garret as Costard, Dalton Skinner as Biron, Sam Bostwick as Dumaine, Bethany Talley as Princess, Emily Van Bloem as Rosaline, Melanie Gardner as Katherine, Leslie Hiatt as Jaquenetta and Taylor Warburton as Maria.

The design and technical crew includes Heather Bosen, stage manager; Holly Mancuso, dramaturg; Eric Fielding, scenic design; Hannah Mae Kroff, set decoration design; Chelsey Roberts, costume design; Rebecca Crandall and McKell Davis, makeup  and hair design; Doug Olsen, sound design; and Michael G. Handley, lighting design.

The production is sponsored by the Department of Theatre and Media Arts.

Writer: Melissa Connor

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