Shakespeare Rounds out the Month of February at EMU

Shakespeare at EMU
Love finds a way to revise the best- laid plans of Braydon Hoover (King/ Forester), Gabriel Brunk (Berowne), Leah Ott (princess) and Heidi Muller (Rosaline) in Shakespeare’s "Love’s Labor’s Lost" Photo by Jon Styer

Whoever said, "’Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all" may have had the Bard of Avon’s romantic tale in mind.

A 13-member cast will give six performances of William Shakespeare’s "Love’s Labor Lost" Thursday – Saturday, Feb. 18-20 and Feb. 25-27 in the Studio Theater of the University Commons. Curtain time is 7:30 p.m.

There will be a final performance at Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Mar. 21, a co-production of EMU’s theater program and the American Shakespeare Center’s MLitt/MFA program.

Alisha Huber, an MFA candidate at Mary Baldwin College/American Shakespeare Center, is EMU’s guest director for the five-act, 90-minute play.

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Fall workshops offer prep

Huber teamed with theater professor Heidi Winters Vogel througout fall 2009 to deliver a series of Shakespeare workshops on language, stage movement, and professional auditions.

"The first thing I wanted to accomplish in these workshops was to take Shakespeare off his pedestal and out of English class. Everyone who came was there because they were excited about doing Shakespeare," said Huber of the fall workshops. Read more >>

About the play

In Shakespeare’s giddy word-feast, Ferdinand, King of Navarre, and three of his friends give up women and the world to devote themselves to learning. But their foolish vows cannot bar love from their kingdom or their hearts – certainly not when four high-spirited ladies arrive on the scene. Their unexpected entrance throws the whole countryside into romantic upheaval.

Ticket info

Tickets are $5 for general admission and are available through EMU’s theater office at 540 432-4674 and at the door. Tickets can also be ordered on line at