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The ridiculous things people do when they’re in love

April 2, 2014

Photo of a heart torn in two“One would think that Shakespeare had the college audience in mind when developing ‘Love’s Labour’s Lost,’ a play about young adults torn between a life of the mind and a life of pleasure,” says Lara Crowley, an NIU assistant professor of English.

Opening Thursday, April 10, in the Holmes Student Center Diversions Lounge, the School of Theatre and Dance will present an adaptation of William Shakespeare’s playful comedy of the conflict between the fantasy and the reality of falling in love.

Loosely set on a college campus, the play follows the King of Navarre and three of his friends who have vowed to devote themselves to a celibate life of scholarship for three years. However, the Princess of France and her attendant ladies have other plans and try to slyly convince the four men to break their pledge.

Each of the men in turn fall victim to the ladies’ charms and rationalize their change of heart as merely extensions of their intellectual pursuits.

“This play explores why people go to college, what happens in college and how it shapes our lives,” says Stanton Davis, the production’s director and SoTD faculty member.

“The characters are studying philosophy, history and mathematics, and secretly they’re learning about love and the difference between love and mere infatuation. The comedy comes from the ridiculous things people do when they’re in love.”

“Love’s Labour’s Lost” is the final Studio Series production of SoTD’s 2013-2014 season. It runs one weekend only, from Thursday, April 10, through Sunday, April 13. Performances start at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, with a Sunday performance at 2 p.m.

All general admission tickets for the production are $6. Reservations and additional information are available at the NIU School of Theatre and Dance box office at (815) 753-1600 or [email protected].