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Love’s Labours Lost | Westport Column

This season’s second production in the Westport Shakespeare-in-the-Park Festival, “Love’s Labours Lost,” will take place in its accustomed time slot, the Sunday of Labor Day weekend at 3 p.m.

As always, it’s free and open to the public, so we invite you to bring a blanket or folding chair down to the Performance Pavilion in Ballard Park and enjoy Shakespeare in this beautiful outdoor setting overlooking Lake Champlain.

The first show in the festival, you may recall, is produced by the Depot Theatre Apprentice Program in early August and features student actors (this year, they offered a very lively “Twelfth Night”).

Just as the first show has offered young actors an in-depth introduction to performing Shakespeare, the second has brought the ensemble players of American Studio Theater together for an end-of-summer working “reunion” that culminates in the Ballard Park production on the Sunday of Labor Day weekend. Many of them studied acting together in college and graduate school and have gone on to professional careers in New York City or Los Angeles. This has become a chance to reconnect, and to bring new talent into their group. It’s also worked out very nicely for us, too! (See the article this issue of the paper for more background.)

Directed for us by Dan Billet, “Love’s Labours Lost” is one of Shakespeare’s earliest plays and one of his funniest comedies. The King of Navarre and his three best buds have sworn off women for three years, during which they plan to study and fast. No women within a mile of the court! Studying and fasting happening here! Right.

As you might guess, this holds up really, really well.

Enter the beautiful Queen of Aquitaine and her three BFFs…you can imagine the utter confusion that follows. And the studying. And the fasting.

Right.

Next week, I’ll try to have a report on the Aug. 25 Town Hall Renovation meeting, which I wasn’t able to attend. Don’t forget about “Pete ‘N’ Keeley” at the Depot Theatre through Aug. 31. Call 963-4449 or visit depottheatre.org for info and reservations. Finally, congratulations to Meredith Johnston, Week Seven Winner of the Heritage House Raffle.

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