Love's Labour's Lost (version 2)

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Temptations and infatuations abound in this sparklingly linguistic early comedy from Shakespeare, where cerebral pursuits and ascetic intentions prove no match for the nobles of Navarre’s royal court when the Princess of France and her attendants arrive on a political mission and find themselves enmeshed in a mission of far more amorous ambitions. An entertaining battle of sexes, wits and classes ensues as the great master of the English language concocts a roundelay of semantic gamesmanship, mixing high lyricism, bawdy wordplay and a fair degree of scholarly satire together with elastic dexterity to poke fun at masculine romantic ideations and female objectification, the ambiguities of communication, as well as the ignorance of the seemingly cultured societal sets. And then, in a stunning tonal turn mere moments before the play’s conclusion that manages to thwart all our expectations, the young Shakespeare grounds this heretofore exuberant work in a startlingly mature realism that is far removed from his most popular comedies, lending Love’s Labour’s Lost both a worldliness and honesty that marks it as a work of astonishing complexity.

And to perform it all? Three men (Craig Franklin, Tomas Peter, and Brad “Hamlet” Filippone) and three women (Sonia, Jenn Broda, and Kelly S. Taylor), determined to give you a performance of Shakespeare's work that you will never forget. You thought you knew your Shakespeare? Well, think again! - Summary by Tomas Peter

Cast list:
Craig Franklin: Narrator; Costard; Dumain; Maria & Marcade.
Brad “Hamlet” Filippone: Biron; Holofernes & French Lord.
Jenn Broda: The Princess of France; Dull & Ver (the Spring).
Kelly S. Taylor: Ferdinand, King of Navarre; Katharine; Jaquenetta & Forester.
Sonia: Rosaline; Moth; Longaville & Hiems (the Winter).
Tomas Peter: Don Adriano de Armado; Boyet & Sir Nathaniel.
(2 hr 47 min)


Dramatis Personae 2:22 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Act I 27:03 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Act II 15:32 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Act III 11:36 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Act IV 45:38 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Act V 1:05:01 Read by LibriVox Volunteers