*Love’s Labour’s Lost,* a recap.

To the cast and crew of Love’s Labour’s Lost: bravo!  It’s amazing just how well 400-year-old comedy ages.  I don’t think I’ve laughed so hard watching Shakespeare since…okay, maybe never.  And the show also received some major publicity: it showed up in the Crimson White (here), on the front page of UA’s website last week, and as the “picture of the week” on mybama.ua.edu.  Shakespeare’s cultural capital?

Be sure to check out Joey Gamble’s review of the show on Vanishing Sights.

King Lear: November 17 at the Ferguson Theatre

In 1810, critic Charles Lamb claimed that “Lear is essentially impossible to be represented on a stage” (‘On the Tragedies of Shakespeare’).

We’re taking Lamb’s statement as a challenge.

Shakespeare’s King Lear is about the inexpressible. What can a child say to an unruly parent? What can a king say once he’s given away his crown? What can we say once we’ve seen “unaccommodated man” (KL 3.4.105)? King Lear is an apocalypse of language, the final revelation of the parent who holds the speechless body of his dead child: “Look there! Look there!” (KL 5.3.309). Come. See.

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010
The Ferguson Theatre
7:30 pm (pre-show music at 7:00 pm)

Free admission

(Despite the Georgia State game on Nov 18th, parking on campus will not be an issue.)

Lear…………………………..Steve Burch

Goneril……………………….Deborah Parker

Regan…………………………Amy Handra

Cordelia/Fool……………….Regan Stevens

Albany…………………………David Ainsworth

Cornwall………………………Mark Hughes Cobb

Gloucester……………………Charles Prosser

Edmund……………………….Derrick Williams

Edgar…………………………..Peyton Conley

Kent…………………………….Matt Lewis

Oswald…………………………Wescott Youngson

France/Ensemble…………..Cooper Kennard

Burgundy/Ensemble……….Jerrell Bowden

Drums…………………………..Laurie Arizumi

Director………………………..Nic Helms

Assistant Director…………..Whitney Graham

Oct 7th, 7:30pm: Much Ado About Nothing

The next Improbable Fictions staged reading will be Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, a comedy-sandwich with a tragic condiment.  Beatrice and Benedick are in love with life, and there are only two things that they cannot stand: marriage, and each other.  Which will prove stronger, wooing or wit?  And will the melancholy Don John spoil everyone’s fun?

The showdown begins on Thursday October 7th, 7:30 pm, at the Bama Theatre.  Pre-show music begins at 7:00.

Free admission.  $1 donations for the Bama Theatre Restoration Fund are appreciated.

~ Cast ~

Beatrice……………………………….Stephanie Fitts

Benedick………………………………Mark Hughes Cobb

Hero……………………………………Jean Fuller-Scott

Claudio………………………………..Jerrell Bowden

Leonato……………………………….Steve Burch

Antoni(a)……………………………..Deborah Burch

Don Pedro…………………………….Elliot Moon

Don John………………………………Alex Perkins

Borachio……………………………….Whitney Graham

Conrade………………………………..Keri Epps

Margaret……………………………….Sara-Margaret Cates

Dogberry……………………………….Wescott Youngson

Verges/Friar Francis………………..David Ainsworth

Seacole/Sexton……………………….Dusty McLaughlin

Ursula……………………………………Meredith Wiggins

First Watchman……………………….Paul Burgess

Second Watchman/Messenger……Rachel Adams

Director………………………………….Nicholas Helms

Dramaturg………………………………Alaina Jobe

Stage Manager………………………….Scott Free