Penn State Centre Stage to present 'Love's Labour's Lost'

February 01, 2013

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Penn State Centre Stage will complete its 27th season with Shakespeare’s "Love’s Labour’s Lost," directed by Edward Stern, from Feb. 12 to 23, in the Pavilion Theatre.

Love and loquacity. Passion and puns. Rhetoric and romance. The Bard takes wordplay and wit to their most impressive in this clever comedy. The King of Navarre and his men take an oath to devote their lives to scholarship — without the company of women. But what they didn't anticipate was a visit from the beautiful Princess of France and her three gorgeous ladies-in-waiting. Will the oath hold? Or will the men succumb to the game of love? 

The cast of 18 will be playing original music using various instruments. Stern was producing artistic director of Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park for 20 years. During his tenure, the theatre was honored with two Tony Awards: Regional Theatre of the Year in 2004 and Best Musical Revival of the Year in 2007 when its production of "Company" was transferred to Broadway. His version of "Love’s Labour’s Lost" will surely entertain even novice Shakespearean lovers.

For those who would like to brush up on their Shakespeare before the show, Penn State theatre professor Matthew Toronto has created a series of videos on “Understanding Shakespeare’s Language.” The video series can be found at

There will also be an opening night dinner at The Nittany Lion Inn before the Feb. 15 performance. Tickets to the dinner may be purchased through the box office.

For more information, visit A 10-percent discount is available when tickets are purchased to four or more shows. Tickets are available at Penn State Tickets Downtown, Eisenhower Box Office, Bryce Jordan Center, or by calling 814-863-0255 or 800-ARTS-TIX.

  • Director Edward Stern, left, discussed a scene with actors Alberto Sebastian Arroy, Dre Parker and Brandon Carter during rehearsal for Shakespeare's 'Love's Labour's Lost' on Jan. 31 at the Pavilion Theatre.

    IMAGE: Penn State

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Last Updated February 07, 2013