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'Love's Labor's Lost'

Southern Oregon University Department of Theatre Arts will present "Love's Labor's Lost" by William Shakespeare. The story begins with the King of Navarre and three close companions who decide to devote themselves to three years of study and not give in to the company of women.

Their oath is put to the test in short order when the Princess of France and her ladies-in-waiting arrive on a visit to the King's court.

"It's a luxurious dessert of a play about many things," director Dale Luciano said in a press release. "It's about the giddiness of being young and in love, but having to come to terms with love's obligations. It's about making oaths and vows and learning how difficult it can be to keep them."

Performances run at 8 p.m. on Thursday-Saturday, May 21-23 and Thursday-Sunday, May 28-31. Matinees at 2 p.m. are set for Saturday and Sunday, May 30-31, in the Dorothy Stolp Center Stage Theatre, on the SOU campus, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland.

Shakespeare's classic use of wordplay, puns, and proximity to temptation brings the lords' firmness of intent to the brink in this comedy.

"Each character in the play uses language in a very distinctive way, ranging from ludicrous to beautiful," Luciano said. "The characters use language like silly putty, twisting and shaping it to their own purposes. Their world is one where your ability to use words defines who you are."

Gregg Land plays the King of Navarre. Jonathan Dyrud, Isaac Kosydar and Brennen Johnson play the King's companions.

Deborah Jensen is the Princess of France, and Juliana Slemenda, Mallory Wedding and Jenna Johnson play her ladies-in-waiting.

Scenic design is by Sean O'Skea, costume design by Katie Nowacki, lighting design by Laura Wiley, and sound design by Robbie Erickson.

Curtis Goodman is assistant director and Bridget Carlson is the stage manager.

Luciano has been a professor in the SOU Theatre Arts department since 1985. In that time, he has directed nearly two dozen plays at SOU.

Tickets are $18 regular, $16 senior, and $5 students. Tickets are available at the door or by calling the SOU Theatre Arts box office at 552-6348. See sou.edu/theatre/calendar.

Left to right: Jonathan Dyrud, Juliana Slemenda, Deborah Jensen and Gregg Land in Southern Oreon University's production of William Shakespeare’s “Love’s Labor’s Lost.” - Photo by Ezra Severin