Love's Labor's Lost (2019)

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

"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

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


"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