Don Armado (Johnny Segalla, left) with Moth (Aislinn Hird) onstage during Advice to the Players' production of "Love's Labour's Lost." (Photo by Erin Plummer) (click for larger version)
August 08, 2018SANDWICH — A multitude of tangled romantic plots will come to three different stages during Old Home Week with Advice to the Players' production of "Love's Labour's Lost."
The show opened this past weekend at the Sandwich Fairgrounds Stage and will come to Quimby Freild and the Town Hall Theater over this weekend.
"Love's Labor's Lost" is one of Shakespeare's most complicated comedies where the King of Spain and a group of noblemen try to court a group of women who test their affections with some additional complications from some side characters.
The production was directed by Nafeesa Monroe, who was working with ATTP for the first time. Monroe is the founder and artistic director of Classics in Color: and Inclusive Theater Company in New York City.
Assistant director Lily Cardaropoli said they took the approach of "period with a modern twist" for the production. Cardaropoli said they worked hard to make the production fit for the three different stages.
Cardaropoli also plays Rosaline, the Princess' first lady in waiting who catches the eye of Berowne.
"I think she's met her match with Berowne," Cardaropoli said.
She said he character is "a little dark," illustrated through her black clothing. Berowne is the same way and they prove to be good foils for each other.
"She doesn't really think she can fall in love until she finds him," Cardaropoli said, saying to Berowne about his demeanor that she will take him if he reigns in his behavior.
Conor Moroney played King Ferdinand, who Moroney described as "very ambitious." He makes a vow to study for three years and swears off women, having his friends do the same. Then he meets the Princess of France and his resolve slips.
"It's one of Shakespeare's most lyrical plays," Moroney said.
He said Monroe kept them on their toes and practicing the lines. He said humor often requires a fast pace and Monroe kept them working at it.
"Nafeesa drilled us in making sure we are hitting all the notes," Moroney said.
Carolyn Hart played the Princess of France: Hart described her character as incredibly cynical.
"She really is not super happy about the king," Hart said.
Hart also costumed the entire show. She said she took quite a task in both performing and making sure all the costumes were together.
"Working with Nafeesa was amazing," Hart said. "It was a big challenge and I appreciated every minute of it."
Johnny Segalla played the comedic Spaniard swashbuckler Don Armado. Segalla said Shakespeare wrote the play around the time the British defeated the Spanish Armada and Armado was a way to poke fun at the Spanish.
Segalla said it was fun to use Shakespearean language with an accent. He has previously played Gaston in a production of "Beauty and the Beast" and channeled that character into his performance.
Don Armado is a fast talker and he said Monroe repeatedly emphasized doing the lines at a faster pace.
Segalla does theater in New York and said this was his first time with ATTP.
"It's a whole vacation," Segalla said. "Advice to the Players every year it gets stronger and stronger." He added, "I'm just happy to be here."
"Love's Labour's Lost" will be performed on Quimby Field on Thursday, Aug. 9 at 5:30 p.m. and at the Sandwich Town Hall Theater on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 10-11 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 12 at 2 p.m.