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Friday, July 24, 2015

It’s a labor of love on ‘Love’s Labour’s Lost’ at Arts Summer Festival in Oregon House


Friday, July 24, 2015 10:03 pm

By Leticia Gutierrez

William Shakespeare's "Love's Labour's Lost," with a cast of people with international backgrounds, arrives this week in a location that may not be well-known to many.

The Arts Summer Festival, presented by Apollo Arts regularly for about the past 20 years, is at the Renaissance Vineyard and Winery in Oregon House.

"We're trying to have it more open to the public," said Greg Holman, president of the Fellowship of Friends, owner of the location.

Previous productions were more for a limited community and sold out quickly.

Holman added the summer festival was also open to the general public last year.

"We like people to visit and feel welcome to attend (the plays)."

"Love's Labor's Lost" will be performed at the outdoor theater at 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at 12587 Rice's Crossing Road. Tickets are $12-$35. Seating is limited.

"It's a musical and a wonderful story with very unique characters," said director Ansley Braverman. "The level of production will be quite a surprise for our area."

The cast includes actors of various ages and acting experience, she said. "It's a nice blend of experience and generations."

Though the play, very popular when written in the 16th century, has lost favor over the years, "we've tried to use (Shakespeare's) attitude and make it accessible to a modern audience," Braverman said.

"I think anyone can follow the story and be delighted."

During the intermission, French-style appetizers and wines selected to complement the play based in 18th century France will be available for purchase.

"You're not just attending a Shakespeare play, you're having a whole experience," Braverman said. "We have an incredible set. Your eyes will be pleased; your taste buds will be tickled ... the music you will hear."

All on a stage at a lake with a background of a vineyard and a setting sun.

"We try to make it a fun, light evening that anyone can enjoy."

For reservations, email or call 692-2437.

Know & Go

• What: William Shakespeare's "Love's Labour's Lost."

• When: 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday.

• Where: Renaissance Vineyard and Winery, 12587 Rice's Crossing Road, Oregon House.

• Tickets: $12-$35.

• Call: 692-2437.

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