Seminole State theater presents Shakespeare’s ‘Love’s Labour’s Lost’
Monday, February 22, 2021
Written by: Seminole State Staff
Photo: The Center for Fine and Performing Arts students and community members practice for their upcoming performance with a dress rehearsal for William Shakespeare's "Love's Labour's Lost."
The Center for Fine and Performing Arts at Seminole State College of Florida will present William Shakespeare’s “Love’s Labour’s Lost” via Zoom on Feb. 24 at 7 p.m.
The production will be directed by Nicole Salamon, professor of speech and theater. The cast features Seminole State students Lance Labonte, Gannon Kozielski, Matt Gennell, Jake Dauber, Zenen Himes, Gerald Geile, Jessica Rumler, Sofia Alegra, Nicole Cutlip, Rowan McKinley, Caitlin Branigan, Lindsea Loughlin, Marvin Bacon and Lillian McGuinness and community member Lora Nova.
The story centers around young students. The King of Navarre and three of his lords take an oath to devote themselves to study and fasting. They swear off the company of women, but when the Princess of France arrives with three of her ladies, hilarity and intrigue ensue.
The play is believed to be one of Shakespeare's first. Critic and historian John Pendergast states that "perhaps more than any other Shakespearean play, it explores the power and limitations of language, and this blatant concern for language led many early critics to believe that it was the work of a playwright just learning his art." In “The Western Canon” (1994), Harold Bloom lauds the work as "astonishing" and refers to it as Shakespeare's "first absolute achievement." It is often assumed that the play was written for performance at the Inns of Court, four law schools during Shakespeare’s time that are now the professional associations barristers must belong to in England and Wales, whose students would have been most likely to appreciate its style and subject matter.
Seminole State’s Center for Fine and Performing Arts offers programs in art, music and theater as well as a wide variety of concerts, theater productions, gallery exhibits and other cultural events.
Love’s Labour’s Lost
Feb. 24, 7 p.m.
Online viewing via Zoom
Seminole State’s Center for Fine and Performing Arts offers programs in art, music and theater as well as a wide variety of concerts, theatre productions, gallery exhibits and other cultural events. For more information about the Center, including calendars of all upcoming cultural events at Seminole State, visit seminolestate.edu/arts and follow them on Facebook.