Love's Labor's Lost

February 7

March 26, 2017

at Chicago Shakespeare Theater

by William Shakespeare
directed by Marti Maraden

Elegantly staged and acted…the cast works in
high style

Chicago Tribune

Zesty and fun...a winning comedy

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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The Play

King Ferdinand of Navarre’s “no fun” edict includes scholarly endeavors, quiet contemplation and complete commitment to chastity for three entire years. His closest courtiers reluctantly sign on. But this is a comedy and it doesn’t take long for everyone to figure out that the whole thing is a bad idea and rules are meant to be broken—especially when the French Princess and her beautiful entourage arrive on the scene. The young men’s studies soon give way to secret letters and amorous vows as the women set out to teach the men a thing or two about love. The puns fly and the playwright’s wordplay take flight in this playful romantic comedy about young love with a surprising conclusion where real-life lessons are suddenly revealed. Former Artistic Director of Canada’s Stratford Festival Marti Maraden returns to Chicago Shakespeare to stage this charming comedy, following her celebrated productions of Much Ado About Nothing and Othello.



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Critical Acclaim

“★★★★ Gorgeous production… marvelous, delicious and wonder-filled,” raves the Chicago Stage Standard.
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A summary of the world in which Love's Labor's Lost is set and the history of the play and its origins.
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The Players

Creative Team

Marti Maraden Director

Kevin Depinet Scenic Designer

Christina Poddubiuk Costume Designer

Greg Hofmann Lighting Designer

Keith Thomas Composer / Music Director

Richard Jarvie Wigs & Make-Up Designer

Matt Raftery Choreographer

Larry Yando Verse Coach


Taylor Blim Katherine

Manny Buckley Marcáde

Nate Burger Berowne

Allen Gilmore Don Adriano de Armado

Alex Goodrich Costard

Jennie Greenberry Princess of France

Mario Guzman Le Beau

Julian Hester Dumaine

Drew Johnson Forester

Aaron Lamm Moth


David Lively Holofernes

James Newcomb Boyet

Madison Niederhauser Longaville

Maggie Portman Jaquenetta

Steven Pringle Dull

Laura Rook Rosaline

John Tufts King of Navarre

Greg Vinkler Sir Nathaniel

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