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Shakespeare’s Classic Play Educates the Human Heart


Modern adaptation of Shakespeare's Love’s Labour’s Lost will be performed at Anathan Theatre.

Posted:  2013-10-22  

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From left, junior drama major Michael Stetson as the King of Navarre; senior communication arts major Brian Robau (holding letter) as Dumaine; sophomore communication arts major, Phillip Buss as Longaville; and freshman drama major Nick Vicinanzo as Berowne.

Fine Arts Society LogoSTEUBENVILLE, OH—Franciscan University of Steubenville’s Anathan Theatre will present a contemporary production of William Shakespeare’s timeless comedy, Love’s Labour’s Lost, a production G.K. Chesterton lauded as “a study of the spirit and nature of youth.”

The romantic comedy follows the King of Navarre and three of his lords who have vowed to devote themselves to fasting and study and to have no contact with women for three years. Their vows are soon tested when the Princess of France and three of her ladies arrive with business for the king.

These young royals are joined by several outrageous characters, all of whom are challenged to discover what is most important in life. Filled with wit, music, and an unusual conclusion, Love’s Labour’s Lost will surprise and delight audiences, while questioning what it takes to educate the human heart.

The production is directed by Dr. Monica Fay Anderson, Franciscan University professor of Fine Arts; designed by Dale Prey, theatre manager and technical director, and Jessica Andrews, sophomore drama major; and musically directed by Jessica Wasko, senior sacred music major. It features a cast of 17 University students, some of whom will perform as singers and musicians during the production’s 30-minute pre-show and at intermission.

Performances will be held on November 8, 9, 15, and 16 at 7:00 p.m., and on November 10 and 17 at 2:00 p.m. Anathan Theatre is located on the ground floor of Franciscan University’s Egan Hall.

Tickets cost $4 for adults and $2 for students and seniors. Admission is free for clergy and religious, and children ages 12 and under.

Tickets can be reserved by calling 740-283-6245, and they can also be purchased at the door on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets will go on sale on October 28.

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