1910-Set Love's Labour's Lost Launches at Boston's Huntington Theatre Company

News   1910-Set Love's Labour's Lost Launches at Boston's Huntington Theatre Company
Nicholas Martin directs a pre-World War I-set Love's Labour's Lost for Boston's Huntington Theatre Company, starting May 12.

The season-closing Shakespeare production plays through June 11 at the Massachusetts company's Boston University Theatre.

Boston University graduate Noah Bean — recent star of David Mamet's Romance in Los Angeles — plays the lead character of Berowne. He is joined in the cast by Huntington veterans Eric Anderson (The Rivals) as Dumaine, Mia Barron (The Rivals) as the Princess of France, Zabryna Guevara (Sonia Flew) as Rosaline, Will LeBow (The Rivals) as Don Armado, James McMenamin (The Sisters Rosenweig) as Longaville and Bill Mootos (Dead End) as Sir Nathaniel.

The ensemble also features Jeremy Beck (as Moth), Elisa Bocanegra (as Jaquenetta), Kieran Campion (as Ferdinand), Neil A. Casey (as Boyet), James Fouhey (as Marcade), Robert Jason Jackson (as Holofernes), Krystal Rowley (as Maria), Rachel Rusch (as Katharine), Tommy Schrider (as Costard), and Peter Zachari (as Dull).

In Huntington's first stab at Shakespeare since 1999 (and the first under Martin's tutelage), the Bard comedy is set in 1910 pre-World War I Europe when, as Martin explains, "the world was still full of hope and promise, and there was room for carelessness and dalliance. People still believed that anything was possible, despite clouds of unrest looming on the horizon. After World War I there was a loss of innocence as we entered the Modern Age."

Helping bring his specific and stylized look for the show, that he states "will not be buried under fabric," referring to the lack of Elizabethan-style costumes and furniture, will be the design team of Alexander Dodge (set), Mariann Verheyen (costumes), Ben Stanton (lighting) and Drew Levy (sound). The production will feature an original music score created by Michael Friedman. Justin Waldman serves as assistant director and Stephen M. Kaus is production stage manager. Director Martin has prior experience with Shakespeare, having directed the 2004 production of A Midsummer Night's Dream at Williamstown Theatre Festival and San Diego's Old Globe Theatre production of Macbeth starring Victor Garber. Joining Martin on Love's Labour's Lost will be Elliot Norton Award winning scenic designer Alexander Dodge (Heartbreak House, The Rivals, Butley).

This production replaces A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.

Tickets to Love's Labours Lost at Huntington's Boston University Theatre, 264 Huntington Ave. in Boston, MA are available by calling (617) 266-0800. For more information on the Huntington Theatre Company, visit www.huntingtontheatre.org.

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