Love Labours Won has its U.S. Premiere at the Hollywood Fringe Festival

Love Labours Won

Rogue Shakespeare® (theatre company) makes its long-awaited U.S. premiere of celebrated poet Ryan J-W Smith’s award-winning third verse play, Love Labours Won at the 2015 Hollywood Fringe Festival. Love Labours Won is an original, comedic Shakespearean pastiche written entirely in Elizabethan-style rhyming iambic verse and one of the most acclaimed plays ever to come out of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. It was Pick of the Fringe two years running; garnered multiple 4 and 5 star reviews, an Arts Council England award, and played to packed houses.

Smith directs and stars in the 65-minute production, which also features a cast of six international actors including Seth Leslie, Carol Vandegrift, Cameran Surles, James Hansen, Stephen Tyler Howell, and Elyse Sharp, at the newly renamed Acme Theatre on Hollywood Theatre Row. And, according to press materials, the audience will be treated to free organic chocolate at every performance…(perhaps in anticipation of a sweet ending?)

Ryan J-W Smith is a world-renowned British poet, playwright, director, producer, actor and filmmaker. He has written 4 critically acclaimed plays in rhyming iambic verse, over 1280 (and counting) Shakespearean Sonnets, was nominated for the Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award and is currently completing his debut feature documentary 2plus2makes4 starring himself, Emmy and Golden Globe winner Ed Asner, Tony-nominated Daniel Sunjata, Professor Noam Chomsky and the late Emmy-nominated Gore Vidal. Smith’s previous films have received over 25 film festival selections, nominations and wins.

June 19 – 27, 2015
Rogue Shakespeare
Acme Theatre
6470 Santa Monica Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90038


Review: Coeurage Theatre Company’s Love’s Labour’s Lost

Clockwise from left: Anthony Mark Barrow, Emily McLeod, Emelie O'Hara, Sammi Smith, Julianne Donelle

Clockwise from left: Anthony Mark Barrow, Emily McLeod, Emelie O’Hara, Sammi Smith and Julianne Donelle. Photos by Laura Crow.

Up-and-coming Coeurage Theatre Company makes a practice of including a Shakespeare play on its eclectic schedule each season. Following past productions of Romeo and Juliet and Double Falsehood comes their stab at Shakespeare’s comedy of words, Love’s Labour’s Lost. It’s a clever play, devoid of the kind of battles and wars so often found in many of Shakespeare’s other works. Instead it uses words as its weapon of choice. It can also be a challenge for an audience because the characters’ language contains many complicated figures of speech and plays on words meant to confuse, persuade, and challenge those around them. Shakespeare takes great pleasure in showing how silly those inflated with their own self-importance can be.

The absurdity of the linguistic excess can be quite amusing in skillful hands as the battle of wits sizzles and the verbal fireworks fly. But this is the Frat party version of LLL where the boys are full of pranks and the girls stand around looking pretty. The actors may be having a good time but there are a lot of vacant smiles and more than a little missing subtext that keeps the play from surging to life.  More

Coeurage Theatre Company is Ready for Love

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Coeurage Theatre Company, LA’s ‘Pay What You Want’ Company presents Shakespeare’s Love’s Labour’s Lost, directed by Ted Barton, Oct. 11 – Nov. 10. Opening night is set for Saturday Oct. 12, at the 2nd Stage Theatre in Hollywood.

In this witty comedy, three noble companions take an oath to devote themselves to three years of study, promising not to give in to the company of women – one somewhat more hesitantly than the others. He reminds the king that the princess and her three ladies are coming to the kingdom, and when all the parties meet, they all fall comically, instantly in love.

The cast will feature Brian Abraham, Jonas Barranca, Anthony Mark Barrow, Elitia Daniels, Julianne Donelle, Michael Faulkner, Madeline Harris, John Klopping, Jeremy Lelliott, Ian Littleworth, TJ Marchbank, Chris O’Brien, Emelie O’Hara, William Reinbold, Sammi Smith, and Patrick Wenk-Wolf. The production design is by Tito Fleetwood Ladd, costume design is by Mary Reilly, and sound design is by Joe Calarco.

Director Ted Barton returns to Coeurage, where he performed in Translations earlier this season. His work includes performances at Mark Taper Forum, TheatreWorks, Berkeley Playhouse, MainStreet Theatre Company, Theatricum Botanicum; California, Colorado, and Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festivals and Shakespeare Santa Cruz.

Performances will take place at the 2nd Stage Theatre, Friday and Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 7pm, Oct. 11 – Nov. 10. All seats are available on a Pay What You Want basis. Click Here to reserve online or call (323) 944-2165. The 2nd Stage Theatre is located at 6500 Santa Monica Boulevard in Hollywood, 90038. Street parking is available.

Audition Update: PCPA Theatrefest, Redlands Shakespeare Festival

PCPA Audition Tour 2012-2013
PCPA’s season will include a production of Shakespeare’s The Tempest, February 21 – March 17 in the Severson Theatre, Santa Maria. To schedule an appointment please call (805) 928-7731 x 4168 or email They do accept video auditions. Please email links to For audition requirements and a complete look at the season go to Local audition dates:

Saturday, January 19, 2013 at CSU Fullerton
10am to 3pm
Clayes Performing Arts Center Rm. 149
Go to for campus maps
800 N State College Blvd, Fullerton, CA, 92831-3547

Sunday, January 20, 2013 at UC Irvine
10am – 5pm
Studio 4 (on Mesa Dr.) in the Theater complex
Go to for campus maps

Monday, January 21, 2013 in Los Angeles – Madilyn Clark Studios
12pm – 4pm
10852 Burbank Boulevard
North Hollywood, CA 91601

Redlands Shakespeare Festival
Auditions for the 2013 Season will be held 1:00 – 5:00 pm Saturday, February 16, and Sunday, February 17, at Joslyn Senior Center, 21 Grant St., Redlands, CA 92373. Call-backs will be held at 5pm Sunday, February 17. Auditions consist of cold readings of scenes from the three plays to be presented during the season. No prepared monologues are required. The season includes The Taming of the Shrew (All male cast), Julius Caesar (All female cast), and Love’s Labours Lost (Mixed gender cast).

Redlands Shakespeare Festival is seeking 45 actors of any ethnicity, ages 16 and older, for the 2013 season. All roles are open. Performances will be held in repertory at the 6,000 seat Redlands Bowl outdoor amphitheater. Some pay occasionally available for certain roles – Contract terms are negotiable and include several school site visits. In addition, headshots and resumés are accepted throughout the year. Please send to:

Steven Sabel, Artistic Director
Redlands Shakespeare Festival
PO Box 546
Redlands, CA 92373
or call (909) 335-7377

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