2017-11-16 / Upcoming Events

Shakespeare with a twist coming to town

Hip-hop will meet William Shakespeare during a production this weekend by the collaborative Brown University and Trinity Rep graduate program.

“Love’s Labour’s Lost,” written by the Bard of Avon in the 1590s, will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Jamestown Arts Center, 18 Valley St. The comedy is about love hitting the men of Navarre at the worst time. While the king and his lords have sworn not to see women for three years to focus on studying, three beautiful ladies arrive at the castle to attend to the princess.

Disguises, mixed-up letters and savvy servants combine to create one of Shakespeare’s wittiest comedies. Music by Chance the Rapper, a Grammy Award winner, combines with the Bard in this adaptation, bringing the tale back to life.

“Love’s Labour’s Lost” is directed by Ken-Matt Martin, a member of the Brown-Trinity program’s class of 2019. A native of Little Rock, Ark., he has worked professionally in TV for 15 years. His credits have received seven Cloris Leachman Excellence in Theatre Award nominations, including a win for best play (“A Soldier’s Play”).

Following Saturday’s performance, Martin’s classmate, Addie Gorlin, will present “Twelfth Night” during a Sunday matinee at 5 p.m. During Shakespeare’s 1601 play, there is a lot of heartbreak in Illyria: Viola believes her twin brother has died in a shipwreck, the lady Olivia is in deep mourning for her father and brother, and Orsino is plagued with unrequited love. As the characters cling to their grief, Viola disguises herself as a man to survive in this new landscape. Through the comedic mistaken identities, a love quadrangle ensues that opens each of their hearts to the possibility of love again. With lots of laughs, “Twelfth Night” explores the darkness of grief and the light that can ultimately shine on it.

Admission is $15 to each performance. Tickets can be purchased online at the arts center’s website or at the door. Students and senior citizens receive a $5 discount.

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