Walsh to take audience’s questions at ‘Love’s Labour’s Lost’ ’fore-Play


Lady Nathaniel (Carol Halstead) takes notes from Holofernes (Jarlath Conroy). Photo by Ellie Haugsby.

Suzi Starheim | Staff Writer

For a deeper understanding of William Shakespeare’s “Love’s Labour’s Lost,” guests can attend tonight’s “’fore-Play: Love’s Labour’s Lost” at 7 p.m. in Hurlbut Memorial Community United Methodist Church.

Directing fellow Patrick Walsh will lead the event as an open dialogue with the audience rather than a lecture. It will last approximately 45 minutes, allowing attendees enough time to arrive to Bratton Theater for the 8 p.m. performance of the play.

While guests may already have gathered some details about the production from last Thursday’s Brown Bag lunch, CTC’s ’fore-Plays are intended to be a deeper look into the historical background of each production.

“I think it’s going to be a more intimate discussion,” Walsh said. “People will be able to see the play and respond to it, rather than us just telling you what the play is.”

Walsh said he is excited and ready to hear what people think and feel about the production.

“That’s what I’m interested in, people’s responses to it, what they are interested in knowing about it and things they didn’t understand,” he said. “I’m going to try to focus on the historical context that the play was written in and why that might have affected what he was writing at the time.”

After giving sufficient background, Walsh said he will take questions and try to explain the time period versus the concepts of the play.

Walsh said his goal is to make guests feel comfortable with the production.

“I really just want them to have fewer questions about the play,” Walsh said. “I want them to better understand what they’ve seen and what they’re going to see. I want them to have fun.”

The event is free for guests to attend. “Love’s Labour’s Lost” runs through Friday, Aug. 19, at Bratton Theater.