July 20-August 7, 2016
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Steven Maler
A high-spirited comedy, Love’s Labour’s Lost dazzles with Shakespearean wordplay and strong comedic characters and unexpected twists as youthful idealism is derailed by love. The King of Navarre has come up with a brilliant idea to prevent distractions while he and his men commit to three years of study and fasting-simply banish all women from the court. Separating the sexes and hitting the books proves not so simple when the beautiful Princess of France and her equally attractive entourage arrive in Navarre. Devotion to learning gives way to the Shakespeare’s version of “speed dating,” as the men pen love letters delivered to the wrong hands, setting off a series of adventures that turn the whole court upside down.
Wednesday, July 20 at 8:00pm
Thursday, July 21 at 8:00pm
Friday, July 22 at 8:00pm
Saturday, July 23 at 8:00pm
Sunday, July 24 at 7:00pm
Tuesday, July 26 at 8:00pm
Wednesday, July 27 at 8:00pm
Thursday, July 28 at 8:00pm
Friday, July 29 at 8:00pm
Saturday, July 30 at 8:00pm
Sunday, July 31 at 7:00pm
Tuesday, August 2 at 8:00pm
Wednesday, August 3 at 8:00pm
Thursday, August 4 at 8:00pm
Friday, August 5 at 8:00pm
Saturday, August 6 at 3:00pm and 8:00pm
Sunday, August 7 at 7:00pm
Remo Airaldi has appeared with CSC in Love’s Labour’s Lost, Twelfth Night, The Two Gentleman of Verona, Coriolanus, All’s Well That Ends Well, The Comedy of Errors, and The Taming of the Shrew. He has appeared in over sixty productions at the American Repertory Theater, including last season’s Night of the Iguana, Oliver Twist (also at Theatre for a New Audience and Berkeley Repertory Theatre), and Island of Slaves (IRNE Award—Outstanding Actor). Other credits: Shakespeare in Love (Speakeasy Stage), My Fair Lady, Sweeney Todd and Gypsy (Lyric Stage), Exposed (Boston Playwrights’ Theater), Mistero Buffo (The Poets’ Theatre), The Hound of the Baskervilles (Central Square Theater), The King of Second Avenue (New Repertory Theatre) and productions at Hartford Stage, La Jolla Playhouse, Geffen Playhouse, Cirque du Soleil, American Conservatory Theater, Walnut Street Theatre, Prince Music Theater, Actors’ Theatre of Louisville. He teaches acting and public speaking at Harvard University.
Justin Blanchard is thrilled to making is CSC debut. He first appeared on Broadway in Journey’s End (2007 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play). Other New York credits include The Changeling and The Witch of Edmonton with Red Bull Theater; Into the Woods with Fiasco Theater at the Roundabout; Macbeth at Theatre for a New Audience; and the title roles in Hamlet, and Henry V at New York Classical Theatre. Regional: Fiasco Theater (Iachimo, Cymbeline tour), Long Wharf (world premiere, A Civil War Christmas), Shakespeare Festival St. Louis (Iago, Othello), Shakespeare Theatre of D.C.; McCarter Theatre. Berkeley Rep, New London Barn, and ten shows at Trinity Rep. Television and Film include roles in “Law & Order: SVU” (NBC) and “Marie Curie” (PBS). Justin is a graduate of the Brown University-Trinity Rep MFA Acting Program.
Jason Bowen returns to CSC after appearing in A Midsummer Night’s Dream in 2007. Off-Broadway and regional credits include My Mañana Comes (Playwright’s Realm), As You Like It, Black Odyssey (Denver Center Theatre Co.), The Lake Effect (TheatreWorks Palo Alto), June Moon (Williamstown Theatre Festival), Ruined (La Jolla Playhouse), Raisin in the Sun, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, (IRNE Award), Prelude to a Kiss, A Civil War Christmas (Huntington Theatre), Twelfth Night, Othello, The Duchess of Malfi, The Tempest (Actors’ Shakespeare Project), Groundswell (Lyric Stage Company). TV/Film: “Law & Order: SVU”, “Braindead”, “What’s Your Number?”. Special Awards: Best Actor-Boston Magazine, 2012.
Larry Coen‘s CSC credits include The Boys from Syracuse (with Landmarks Orchestra), Love’s Labour’s Lost, The Two Gentleman of Verona, All’s Well That Ends Well, As You Like It, The Comedy of Errors, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and The Taming of the Shrew. Many productions with Ryan Landry and the Gold Dust Orphans, Beau Jest, Lyric Stage Company, Speakeasy Stage, and Huntington Theatre. Performed three World Premieres of Tennessee Williams’ plays, Larry is the recipient of four Elliot Norton Awards from Boston Theater Critics Association. Coen is Artistic Director of City Stage Co. of Boston.
Obehi Janice returns to CSC after performing as Rosaline in Love’s Labour’s Lost. Recent credits include Oleanna and The Gift Horse at New Repertory Theatre; Out of the Mouths of Babes at Gloucester Stage Company; We’re Gonna Die (IRNE Award, Best Solo Performance) at American Repertory Theater with Company One Theatre; An Octoroon at ArtsEmerson with Company One Theatre; Mr g at Underground Railway Theater; FUFU & OREOS at Bridge Repertory Theater. Obehi was named “Boston’s Best Actress” by The Improper Bostonian in 2014. American Theatre magazine named her one of “6 Theatre Workers You Should Know” in February 2017. Obehijanice.
Ray O’Hare is making his CSC debut. Recent roles include Gold in The Wild Party (Moonbox Productions), Grimsby in Disney’s The Little Mermaid (Fiddlehead Theatre) and Dale Harding in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (Broadway World Boston Best Actor Nomination). He originated the role of General Manager in Club Oberon and ImprovBoston productions of T: MBTA Musical.
Mark Soucy performed in CSC’s The Boys From Syracuse (Aegean), Love’s Labour’s Lost (Sir Nathaniel) and King Lear (The Duke of Albany). Other local roles include The Elephant Man (John Merrick), The Real Inspector Hound (Moon), and The Dresser (Norman). Mark is a fundraising consultant and served as Development Manager at New Repertory Theatre, among other roles, from 1994-2010.
Fred Sullivan, Jr. is celebrating 12 seasons with CSC. Fred has played Malvolio, Bottom, Gloucester, Capulet, Parolles, Menenius, Holoferness on the Common, the First Gangster in Kiss Me, Kate at the Hatch Shell and received an Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Actor for his Jaques in CSC’s As You Like It. He is a 35 season resident actor at Trinity Rep where he has appeared in 130 plays and received Norton and IRNE awards for Outstanding Lead Actor in Blithe Spirit and His Girl Friday. He directed Trinity Rep’s A Christmas Carol, Shooting Star and Boeing Boeing. Trinity roles include Falstaff, Bottom, Oscar Madison, James Tyrone, Jr, Joe Pitt, Captain Hook, Scrooge and Harold Hill. Fred is resident director for the Gamm Theatre since 1996 where he has directed 28 plays including Hamlet and Much Ado about Nothing, Macbeth, King Lear, The Tempest and The Winter’s Tale, The Dresser, The Glass Menagerie, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Arcadia and The Importance of Being Earnest. His production of Awake at Sing at Gamm was awarded the Elliot Norton for Outstanding Production. As an actor at Gamm, Fred played Donny in American Buffalo, Autolycus in The Winter’s Tale and Rothko in Red. Fred has acted for NJ Shakespeare Festival, Dallas Theatre Center, Berkeley Rep and Actor’s Theatre of Louisville. He teaches acting at Gamm and RISD.
Brandon Whitehead CSC credits include Fear and Misery in the Third Reich, Boyet in Love’s Labour’s Lost, Peter Quince in A Midsummer Night’s Dream on the Hatch Shell, and Fool in King Lear. Other recent credits include Amiens in As You Like It and Oscar Wilde et al in The Importance of Being Earnest at the GAMM Theater. Also Matthew Harrison Brady in Inherit the Wind and Mike Francisco in Breaking Legs at Ocean State Theater Company as well as Mr. Mushnik in Little Shop of Horrors with Tantrum Theatre (Ohio). Before moving to Massachusetts, Whitehead spent nearly twenty years working professionally in Seattle performing with ACT (A Christmas Carol, Joe Egg, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde), Seattle Repertory Theater (Twelfth Night, The Imaginary Invalid), Intiman (Paradise Lost), Seattle Shakespeare Company, Book-It Repertory Theater, Village Theater, and many others. Some of his film and television credits include “Castle Rock” (Hulu), “A Bit of Bad Luck”, “21 and Over”, and “Leverage”.
Jes Bedwinek is a New York based actor and comedian. NYC: Grusome Playground Injuries (Times Square Arts Center), Asylum (New Dance Theatre), Achilles & The River (Reading-MTC), Blood Red Roses (City Show), Monster Party (Tiny Rhino Festival). Regional: Titania in CSC’s Stage2 production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Olivia in Twelfth Night (Oberlin Summer Theatre Festival), The Foreigner (MPAC), Spring Awakening (Promethean). Film/TV: “Hunting Season” on Logo TV. Jes has worked with the Moscow Art Theatre at ART and The Second City in Chicago. MFA from The New School for Drama. www.jesbedwinek.com
Rachel Belleman returns to CSC after appearing as Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream as part of the CSC2 company. Other credits include Person/Greta in the bilingual, international tour of Del Agua Al Polvo (Brown Box Theatre Project), Courtney in Triple Word Score (Car Shorts), and Hero/Aphrodite in Love of the Nightingale (Hub Theatre Company). She holds a B.A. in Musical Theatre from James Madison University. www.rachelbelleman.com
Anthony Carson returns to CSC after performing with CSC2 as Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Other credits include Belize in Angels in America: Part I Mickey in After the Fall, and Peter in At Home at the Zoo. Regional: Lincoln: A Pioneer Tale (Lincoln Ampitheater), The 39 Steps, The Fantasticks (Fritche Theatre). Film/TV: “The Breaks” (VH1).
Margaret Clark returns to CSC after appearing as Hermia in CSC2’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Other credits include Carol in Oleanna (Umbrella Arts), Miss Plum in Trumpet of the Swan (Wheelock Family Theatre), Bianca in The Taming of the Shrew (Brown Box Theatre), Annie in Spinning (Solas Nua), and The Silver Lining, Translations (Bad Habit). She received her BFA in Acting from Emerson College and additional training at Shakespeare & Company and The American Shakespeare Center.
Dalton Davis returns to CSC after appearing as Demtrius in CSC2’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Classically trained, Dalton is a resident of New York where he studies Shakespeare under the direction of Eddie Lew. Other credits include Pseudolus in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Glen Cooper in Rumors, Flute in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Mark in The Wayside Motor Inn, and Tartuffe in Tartuffe.
Marisa Gold returns to CSC after appearing in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Snug/Cobweb) as part of CSC2 and completing the Apprentice Program in 2015 as Macbeth in Macbeth directed by Nora Long. Other credits include Corrie in Barefoot in the Park (Moonbox Theatre Company) and Cecily in The Importance of Being Earnest (Newton Theatre Company).
Cameron Gosselin returns to CSC after appearing as Snout/Moth/Egeus in A Midsummer Night’s Dream with CSC2. Previous credits include Petruchio in The Taming of the Shrew (Brown Box Theatre Project), Laertes in Hamlet, Banquo in Macbeth, and Don Pedro in Much Ado About Nothing, all with Bay Colony Shakespeare Company. Other credits include Griever in Blue Window, Katurian in The Pillowman, and Erik Larsen in Enigma Variations. Cameron is a graduate of Muhlenberg College where he received a BA in Theatre with a focus on acting.
Nash Hightower returns to CSC after appearing as Domain in Love’s Labor’s Lost. Other theater credits include: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (CSC2), Ether Dome (Huntington Theater Company), Falsettoland (Test Theater Company), and more. Film credits include: “The American Dream”, “Paralarva”, and “The Internet”. He also is a set carpenter and a proud member of the National Registry of EMTs. Nash is a graduate of Emerson College.
Arisael Rivera returns to CSC after appearing as Puck in CSC2’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Friar Laurence in CSC2’s Romeo & Juliet, and in the Ensemble of King Lear on Boston Common. Other credits include Narrator/Arsonist in LA Lights Fire, and Butch in Educational, Career Relevant. Follow him on Twitter: @ari_sael_riv.
Grace Trapnell returns to CSC after completing the Apprentice program in 2013 and appearing in The Two Gentlemen of Verona. Recent regional credits include Blood Wedding (Apollinaire), Romeo & Juliet (Shakespeare Now!).and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Vermont Shakespeare Company). Grace hails from Charlottesville, Virginia and holds a BA in theater from the University of Vermont.
Matthew Tyler returns to CSC after appearing as Oberon/Theseus in CSC2’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Regional: Romeo & Juliet (Romeo) with San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, Brighton Beach Memoirs (Stanley) with Highlands Summer Theater, Children of A Lesser God (Orin Dennis) with Chabot College, and Columbus Day (Kip) with Wheeler productions. Film: J.D. in “The Sex Movie”, Cappuchino in “Killer Bean Forever”, and Oliver in “Gypsy Boys.” Matthew graduated from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in Acting.
Colin Wulff returns to CSC after appearing as Flute in A Midsummer Night’s Dream with CSC2. Previous credits include Orlando in As You Like It (Oberlin Summer Theater Festival), Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Southern Shakespeare Festival), Juror 3 in Twelve Angry Men (AlphaNYC), and Osvald in Ghosts (Oberlin College). Graduate of Oberlin College with a BA in Theater.
Steven Maler is the Founding Artistic Director of Commonwealth Shakespeare Company (CSC). At CSC he has been directing Free Shakespeare on the Boston Common productions since 1996, including Love’s Labour’s Lost, King Lear, Twelfth Night, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Coriolanus, All’s Well That Ends Well, Othello, The Comedy of Errors, As You Like It, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Taming of the Shrew, Hamlet, Much Ado About Nothing, Macbeth, Henry V, The Tempest, Julius Caesar, and Romeo & Juliet. In collaboration with Boston Landmarks Orchestra, he directed A Midsummer Night’s Dream, featuring the Overture and Incidental Music of Felix Mendelssohn, as well as concert stagings of The Boys from Syracuse and Kiss Me, Kate at Boston’s iconic Hatch Shell.
In a joint venture between CSC and Google, he most recently directed a Virtual Reality adaption of Hamlet entitled Hamlet 360: Thy Father’s Spirit, which is currently available for viewing on Boston public media producer WGBH’s YouTube channel.
Other CSC works include the critically acclaimed production of Ariel Dorfman’s Death and the Maiden, the world premiere of Jake Broder’s Our American Hamlet, and the world premiere of Robert Brustein’s The Last Will. He directed Peter Eötvös’s operatic treatment of Tony Kushner’s Angels in America (U.S. Premiere) and Thomas Adès’ Powder Her Face, The Turn of the Screw at New Repertory Theatre, Santaland Diaries and Chay Yew’s Porcelain at SpeakEasy Stage Company, Top Girls and Weldon Rising at Coyote Theatre, and The L.A. Plays by Han Ong at A.R.T. His New York City credits include the New York Musical Theatre Festival production of Without You, written by and starring Anthony Rapp. The production has been seen in Boston, Edinburgh, Toronto, London and Seoul.
He received the Elliot Norton Award for Sustained Excellence as well as for Best Production, Twelfth Night; Outstanding Director, A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Best Production, Suburbia; Best Solo Performance, John Kuntz’s Starf***ers (which also won Best Solo Performance Award at New York International Fringe Festival).
His feature film “The Autumn Heart”, starring Tyne Daly and Ally Sheedy, was in the Dramatic Competition at the Sundance Film Festival.
William Shakespeare was a renowned English poet, playwright, and actor born in 1564, in Stratford-upon-Avon. His birthday is most commonly celebrated on 23 April, which is also believed to be the date on which he died in 1616. Shakespeare was a prolific writer during the Elizabethan and Jacobean ages of British theatre (sometimes referred to as the English Renaissance or the Early Modern Period). Shakespeare’s plays are perhaps his most enduring legacy, but they are not the only things he wrote. Shakespeare’s poetry has also remained popular to this day.
Shakespeare’s work includes 38 plays, 2 narrative poems, a collection of 154 sonnets, and other poems as well. No original manuscripts of Shakespeare’s plays are known to exist today, and about half of Shakespeare’s plays are only available to us because a group of actors in his company collected them for publication after his death. These writings were brought together in what is known as the First Folio (‘Folio’ refers to the size of the paper used). It contained 36 of his plays, and none of his poetry. Shakespeare’s legacy is as rich and diverse as his work; his plays have spawned countless adaptations across multiple genres and cultures, and his plays have had an enduring presence on stage and film.
His writings have been compiled in various iterations of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare by different entities, which usually include all of his plays, his sonnets, and his other poems. From Stratford to London and beyond, William Shakespeare was and is one of the most important literary figures of the English language.
Scott Bradley For CSC: The Tempest, Macbeth, Much Ado About Nothing, As You Like It. Broadway: Seven Guitars (Tony Nomination and Drama Desk Award for Best Set Design), Joe Turner’s Come and Gone (Drama Desk Award for Best Set Design). Recent Credits: His Eye Is On The Sparrow ( Portland Center Stage), A View From the Bridge (Seattle Rep), The Crucible (Cleveland Playhouse), Brownsville Song (Long Wharf Theater), Much Ado About Nothing (Oregon Shakespeare Festival), Chapattil (Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park), Things We Do For Love (Delaware Rep), A Great Wilderness (Seattle Rep), Eurydice by Sarah Ruhl (Second Stage), and The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci by Mary Zimmerman (Second Stage). Television: Set Designer for “Late Night with David Letterman”. Film: “Pushing Hands”.
Nancy Leary returns to CSC. She is a Costume Designer who’s visionary work for opera and theater has spanned several decades and graced various stages in both the United States and Canada. From 2000 to the present Nancy has worked on operas including several new pieces for Boston Lyric Opera, Virginia Opera, The Pittsburgh Symphony, Opera Saratoga, Chautauqua Opera, Mobile Opera, Juilliard Opera, Opera Boston, New England Conservatory, Boston Conservatory and Boston Musica Viva. Theatre credits include Weston Playhouse, Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Actor’s Shakespeare Project, Orlando Shakespeare Festival, New Repertory Theatre, Merrimack Repertory Theatre, Chamber Repertory Theatre, North Shore Music Theatre and Knife Edge Productions, New York. Upcoming productions include two new operas The Long Walk for Utah Opera, Burke and Hare for Boston Lyric Opera, and Samuel Barber’s Vanessa for Mannes Opera, New York. Nancy is also an Assistant Professor of Production and Design for Boston University School of Theatre.
Eric Southern is an OBIE award winning designer for theater, opera, and dance. New York: After the Blast, Bull in a China Shop, The Harvest, Ghost Light (LCT3); Sell/Buy/Date (
David Remedios CSC: Romeo and Juliet (2017); Our American Hamlet, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Twelfth Night (2014, IRNE nom.), The Last Will, Coriolanus, All’s Well That Ends Well, Othello. Recent: Knyum, The Royale, Women in Jeopardy!, The Making of a Great Moment, Merrimack Rep; The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, The Scottsboro Boys (IRNE Award), SpeakEasy Stage; Wild Horses, The Niceties, Contemporary American Theater Festival; The Effect, Gloucester Stage; Faithful Cheaters, Trinity Rep; Finish Line, Boston Theater Company at Shubert Theatre. Other regional and local credits include Geva Theatre, 59E59, Huntington Theatre, Studio Theatre, Portland Stage, Theatre for a New Audience, American Repertory Theatre, Centerstage Baltimore, LaJolla Playhouse, Cincinnati Playhouse, among many others. International: prominent arts festivals in Bogotá, Paris, Hong Kong and Edinburgh. David is Assistant Professor and Program Head of Sound Design at Boston University. remediosssound.com.
Yo-El Cassell’s CSC credits include Comedy of Errors, All’s Well That Ends Well, Othello, Coriolanus, Two Gentleman of Verona, Twelfth Night, King Lear, Romeo & Juliet, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Kiss Me Kate and Symphonic Shakespeare with Boston Landmarks Orchestra. Off Broadway: Moonlight Interior. Many productions with American Repertory Theatre, Lyric Stage Company of Boston, New England Conservatory, Boston Opera Collaborative, and Nantucket Dreamland Theatre. He has taught at Boston Ballet, Skidmore College, Walnut Hill School for the Arts, The New England Conservatory, and Harvard University Dance Department.
Kevin Schlagle returns to CSC after previously working on The Two Gentlemen of Verona, King Lear, and Love’s Labour’s Lost. Other theatre credits include Huntington Theatre Company, American Repertory Theater, New Repertory Theatre, and Williamstown Theatre Festival. His opera credits include Boston Lyric Opera, Boston Baroque, Boston Opera Collaborative, Guerilla Opera, New England Conservatory, BU’s Opera Institute, and Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras. He holds a BFA in stage management from Boston University and is a proud member of Actors’ Equity.
Leslie Chiu has been a stage, production and general manager in the theater industry for over twenty years. Before joining BabsonARTS she worked in Brandeis University’s Department of Theater Arts as the Director of Production. She has served as Production Manager for Commonwealth Shakespeare Company’s productions of Othello (2010), All’s Well That Ends Well (2011), and Love’s Labour’s Lost (2016); Associate Production Manager for CSC’s Coriolanus (2012) and Two Gentleman of Verona (2013); Production Stage Manager for the Off-Broadway show Blue Man Group (Boston) and Assistant Producer for Boston Early Music Festival’s Niobe: Regina de Tebe (2011). Leslie received her MFA in Stage Management from the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music and her BFA In Theatrical Design/Technology from Florida State University.
Performances take place at the Parkman Bandstand on the Boston Common, across from the AMC Loews Boston Common movie theater on Tremont Street.
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Words pour out in such dazzling profusion throughout “Love’s Labour’s Lost,’’ an early comedy, that Shakespeare’s untrammeled joy in language is abundantly evident.