Love’s Labour’s Lost
“Let us once lose our oaths to find ourselves, Or else we lose ourselves to keep our oaths.”
Love hits the men of Navarre at the worst time—they’ve all just sworn not to see women for the next 3 years to focus on studying, and now there are beautiful women just outside the castle. Disguises, mixed up letters, and savvy servants combine in hilarity to create one of Shakespeare’s wittiest comedies, Love’s Labour’s Lost. Chance the Rapper meets Shakespeare in this adaptation, bringing the Bard’s tale back to life and relevancy.
by William Shakespeare directed by Ken-Matt Martin ‘19
Featuring members of the Brown/Trinity Rep M.F.A. Acting class of 2019:
Ryan Broussard, Anita Castillo-Halvorssen, Katie Croyle, Alexander De Vasconcelos Matos, María Gabriela Rosado González, Viraj Gandhi, Brendan Hickey, Evan Andrew Horwitz, Travis Johnson, L’Oreal Lampley, Lizzy Lewis, Louis McWilliams, Olivia Miller, Aman Soni, Antonio Michael Woodard.
Headshot 2014-2015.jpgKen-Matt Martin, a native of Little Rock, Arkansas has worked professionally in Theatre, TV, and Film for the last fifteen years. Martin’s producing and directing credits have received seven Cloris Leachman Excellence in Theatre Award nominations including a win for Best Play (A Soldier’s Play) and a Special Recognition Honor in 2016. He has also received two Des Moines Dionysus Award nominations for Best Actor in a Musical and two regional Broadway World Award wins for Best Direction and Best Play. In 2014 he directed the Iowa premiere of August Wilson’s Fences at the Des Moines Social Club which led to him co-founding Pyramid Theatre Company in Des Moines where he serves as Executive Director. Additional dramaturge, director, actor, and choreographer credits include The MountainTop, Once on this Island, Shakuntala, Hairspray, Shrek the Musical, Superior Donuts, Dutchman, Clybourne Park, Les Miserables and many others.Martin also produced and starred in the Iowa premiere of A Soldier’s Play by Charles Fuller in the summer of 2015 before spending the 2015-2016 season as the fulltime Apprentice General Manager at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, IL. He received two undergraduate degrees from Drake University and is currently a candidate for the MFA in Directing at Brown University/Trinity Rep. http://www.kenmatt.com/
“If music be the food of love, play on…”
There is a lot of heartbreak in Illyria—Viola believes her twin brother Sebastian has died in a shipwreck, the lady Olivia is in deep mourning for her father and brother, and Orsino is plagued with unrequited love. As the characters cling to their grief, Viola disguises herself as a man to survive in this new landscape. Through the comedic mistaken identities, a love quadrangle ensues that opens each of their hearts to the possibility of love again. With lots of laughs, Twelfth Night explores the darkness of grief, and the light that love can ultimately shine on it.
by William Shakespeare directed by Addie Gorlin ‘19
Addie Gorlin is an educator, producer, and director of new and classic plays. She is committed to work that addresses both what divides and connects contemporary America. Her productions have been described as “elegant,””tender,” “politically poignant,” and “radiating the humanity, passion, and warmth you’d find in the young adult section of a library.” After graduating from Dartmouth College, Addie obtained a teaching credential through Teach for America and worked as a middle school English and Drama teacher in the California Bay Area. She concurrently served as the Artistic and Directing Fellow at Cutting Ball Theater. Subsequently, Addie was the National New Play Network Producer-in-Residence at Mixed Blood Theatre where she apprenticed in artistic direction. She also worked as a freelance director and assistant at theaters such as The Children’s Theater, Playwright’s Center, Mixed Blood, and The Guthrie. www.addiegorlin.com