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University of Iowa News Release

Jan. 27, 2006

UI's Mainstage Produces Shakespeare's Comic Romp 'Love's Labour's Lost'

The University Theatres Mainstage series will present "Love's Labour's Lost," Shakespeare's comic romp about being young, foolish and in love, opening at 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9 in E.C. Mabie Theatre of the University of Iowa Theatre Building.

Other performances will be at 8 p.m. Feb. 10, 11 and 16-18, and at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12 and 19.

And a special performance will also be offered on Tuesday, Feb. 14 to celebrate Valentine's Day. To ensure that there will be lovers both onstage and in the audience, tickets for that performance will be two for the price of one.

In addition to the student actors, the cast will feature UI School of Music faculty member Rachel Joselson, who will perform songs arranged by Alan MacVey, chair of the Department of Theatre Arts.

"Shakespeare's 'Love's Labour's Lost' is as much a romp as it is a play about youth exploring love and the games of loves," says director Carol MacVey, a member of the UI theater faculty, who adapted the play to the period between the world wars. "Theatrical devices abound to create this carefree world: dances, plays-within-plays, masquerades, songs, clowns, fantastical characters, masks, pageantry, swords, impersonations and everywhere love, love, love.

"What better setting than a university to stage a play about four young men who swear to study, fast and avoid women for three years? The undoing of that oath is inevitable, of course, when four beautiful women appear. The comic twists and turns that follow are inevitably heading for a happy resolution when a shadow crosses their lives and the young lovers are initiated into the responsibilities of adulthood."

Reflecting the culture of the 1920s, the production will feature the music of Cole Porter, George Gershwin and Jerome Kern.

Other artistic contributors to the production include set designer Scott Needham, lighting designer S. Benjamin Farrar, costume designer Andre Harrington, sound designer Scott M. Hanlin, choreographer Tom Truss and dramaturges John Baker and Julie Canik.

Tickets -- $17; UI student, senior citizen & youth $8 -- are available in advance from the Hancher box office. Any remaining tickets are available one hour before curtain time at the Theatre Building box office. Two-for-the-price-of-one tickets are available only for the Tuesday, Feb. 14, Valentine's Day performance.

Hancher Auditorium box office business hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays. From the local calling area, dial 319-335-1160. Long distance is toll-free, 1-800-HANCHER. People with special needs for access, seating and auxiliary services should dial 319-335-1158, which is equipped with TDD for people with hearing impairment who use that technology.

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