Following our recent collaboration on Othello at Classic Stage Company; director Tyne Rafaeli has graciously invited me to join her as the movement director for Love’s Labour’s Lost at Great Lakes Theatre and Idaho Shakespeare Festival this spring and summer.
Excited to delve into the world of one of Shakespeare’s early comedies with such a talented creative team. In addition to Tyne’s unparalleled direction, I will be joining Josh Schmidt (composer and author of The Adding Machine) and Andrea Hood (who is responsible for the clothing on essentially every actor in lower Manhattan). I’m also terribly excited to find myself at play in Kristen Robinson‘s scenic design; which plays a pivotal role in the world of the piece.
This set is a true actor’s playground – an 18 foot tall bookshelf piled high with books, a center archway, scrolling ladders and an astroturf floor. The shelves are climbable. The ladders are climbable. The books are throwable. I am already chomping at the bit to climb around on shelves and wreak havoc — in a safe and sensible fashion, of course.
You know you don’t want to miss a show like this. It will most certainly not be your grade school Shakespeare experience. Tickets and info for performances at each venue available at their respective links above.
Reviews are in for Cleveland’s production:
Cleveland Jewish News states, “…cleverly choreographed by Jason Paul Tate.”
The Plain Dealer calls it “…one of the smartest, freshest interpretations of Shakepeare…in years.”
And in Idaho, here’s what they had to say:
The Idaho Statesman writes, “The cast and creatives render the story with crystalline clarity…”