Love's Labor's Lost (2019)

Folger Theatre produced William Shakespeare's Love's Labor's Lost, directed by Vivienne Benesch, from March 16th 2019 to June 30th 2019.

Photo by Brittany Diliberto The King of Navarre (Joshua David Robinson, top) proclaims his court as a place of scholarly pursuit to his companions (Zachary Fine, Jack Schmitt, Matt Dallal).


"Friendly and frisky ... the show so gets the erudite spirit of the play" - The Washington Post

A young king and his three compatriots renounce the company of women in favor of scholarly pursuits. Their pact is immediately jeopardized, however, when the Princess of France and her companions arrive. Will the men stand resolute and keep their monastic vows—or surrender to the charms of the opposite sex? Shakespeare’s delicious play is full of lovers and clowns, foolery and the follies of the heart. Don't miss this rarely performed comedy on our historic Washington, DC stage across from the US Capitol.


Entertainment unions represented in Folger Theatre productions include The Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (**), United Scenic Artists (***), and the Actors' Equity Association (*), which includes members of the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers.


  • Josh Adams, Dull & Marcade
  • Tonya Beckman*, Boyet & Jaquenetta
  • Louis Butelli*, Holofernes
  • Matt Dallal, Longaville
  • Zachary Fine*, Berowne
  • Megan Graves*, Mote
  • Eric Hissom* , Don Armado
  • Yesenia Iglesias*, Maria
  • Edmund Lewis*, Costard
  • Amelia Pedlow*, Princess of France
  • Kelsey Rainwater*, Rosaline
  • Joshua David Robinson*, King of Navarre
  • Susan Rome*, Nathaniel
  • Jack Schmitt, Dumaine
  • Chani Wereley, Katherine


  • Matt Dallal, Berowne
  • Fabiolla da Silva, Boyet, Jaquenetta, & Nathaniel
  • Danielle Gallo, Mote
  • John Floyd, Dumaine & Longaville
  • Yesenia Iglesias, Roseline
  • Melanie Lawrence, Maria & Katherine
  • Seamus Miller, Don Armado & Holofernes
  • Jack Novak, Costard, Dull, & Marcade
  • Jack Schmitt, King of Navarre
  • Chani Wereley, Princess of France

Creative Team

  • William Shakespeare, Playwright
  • Vivienne Benesch, Director
  • Lee Savage***, Scenic Design
  • Tracy Christensen***, Costume Design
  • Colin K. Bills***, Lighting Design
  • Lindsay Jones***, Original Music and Sound Design
  • Michele Osherow, Resident Dramaturg
  • Eisenberg/Beans Casting, New York Casting
  • Manna-Symone Middlebrooks & Teresa Wood, Folger Casting
  • Jessica Short*, Production Stage Manager
  • Julia Singer* Assistant Stage Manager

Production Team

  • Charlie Marie McGrath, Assistant Director
  • Christine Miller, Production Assistant
  • Tom Story, Text and Voice Coach
  • Erin Kleiber, Draturgical Intern
  • Bella Faccia, Inc., Set Construction
  • Sarah Conte, Props Master
  • Dave Bova, Hair Designer
  • Robert Croghan, Assistant Costume Designer
  • Cidney Forkpah, Wardrobe Head
  • Douglas Delpizzo, Assistant Lighting Designer
  • Alex Keen, Master Electrician
  • Kristen Roth, Assistant Master Electrician
  • Brandon Roe, Sound Engineer
  • Erica Power, For Eisenburg/Beans Casting Casting Intern
  • Grafik, Graphic Design & Ad Agency
  • OpenBox9, 2019/20 Graphic Design & Ad Agency
  • Emily Tartanella, Marketing Design Consultant
  • Brittany Diliberto, Bee Two Sweet PHotography, Promotional and Production Photography
  • Chiet Productions, Promotional Video
  • WVPAVA, Archival Video
  • C2, Open Caption

Folger Theatre

  • Janet Alexander Griffin, Artistic Producer
  • Beth Emelson, Associate Artistic Producer
  • David Polk, General Manager
  • Charles Flye, Theatre Production Manager
  • Rebekah Sheffer, Assistant Technical Director

Other Media

Promotional Video


"Friendly and frisky ... the show so gets the erudite spirit of the play” – The Washington Post

"Delightfully funny … Love’s Labor’s Lost is a love worth finding” – BroadwayWorld

“Lovely, libidinous, and larksome” – Brightest Young Things

“Furiously funny … unbridled fun” – DC Theatre Scene

"The Bard at his most playful ... side-splitting" – DCist

“Love Labor’s Lost is a gem to take in” – DC Metro Theater Arts

"A delightful springtime treat ... you'll find yourself smiling and laughing out loud" - Free Lance-Star

“An irrepressible sense of humor and joy … complete and utter charm” – Metro Weekly

“A wildly outrageous comedy … not to be missed” – MD Theatre Guide

"A raucous and heartfelt ride" - TheatreBloom

“An entertaining, energetic, and side-splitting production” – Plays To See