Newton, NC – This is The Green Room’s popular yearly “FREE” event. It is held at Southside Park in Newton, NC (1775 Southwest Blvd, Newton, NC 28658). This year’s production is Love’s Labour’s Lost. There will be a total of 4 productions on September 27 & 28 and October 4 & 5 at 7:30 pm. Bring the family, a picnic, a blanket, and enjoy Shakespeare under the stars. For more information visit www.thegreenroomtheatre.org.
This show is presented by: Robert Abby, Inc. & The City of Newton. The production is directed by Jonathan Ray. All of our actors are volunteer and many of them have returned year after year to participate. We have actors driving from as far as Charlotte, NC.
If you haven’t been to one of these types of shows before, it allows you to see theater in its purest form. It is theater the way it was performed in the time of Shakespeare himself as acting troupes performed publicly.
In Love’s Labour’s Lost, the King and his three lords, swear an oath to scholarship, which includes fasting and avoiding contact with women for three years. They receive a letter from, Don Armado, from the King’s court, telling them that he has caught a couple consorting in the park. The King announces the man’s sentence, and he and the lords go off to begin their oath. In the meantime, Don Armado confesses that he has fallen in love.
Meanwhile, the Princess of France has arrived to visit the King. Because of his oath, however, the King cannot receive the Princess and her party at his court; he and his lords must visit them at their camp outside the castle. The three lords fall in love with the three ladies, as does the King with the Princess. The four men decide to court their women.
The King and his lords arrive at the Princess’s pavilion dressed in disguises. The women also have a trick of their own. After the men leave and reappear as themselves, the women reveal their prank. They all watch a show of the Nine Worthies, performed by Don Armado, and his cohorts. The Princess prepares to return to France. The women tell their suitors to seek them again in a year, and the play ends with their departure.
The Green Room is a funded affiliate of the United Arts Council of Catawba County.