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A Little Shakespeare: Love's Labour's Lost

Shakespeare’s Classic Comedy

By William Shakespeare
Adapted and Directed by Tai Thompson

The Marion Huber Theater

Dates and tickets

A RAUCOUS CELEBRATION OF HEAD VERSUS HEART

The King of Navarre and his classmates have sworn an oath to hit the books and swear off dating for three years. Can their vow survive the arrival of the brilliant Princess of France and her charming friends? Back for the 11th year as Two River’s most popular education program, A Little Shakespeare presents an abridged version of Shakespeare’s comedy. This raucous celebration of head versus heart is directed and designed by theater professionals, and performed and supported backstage by high school students.

 

MEET THE CAST

Anthony Cea

Anthony Cea (Costard) is excited to be making his Two River debut. Anthony is a current freshman in the Acting Program at Howell High School’s Fine and Performing Arts Magnet Program. His past credits include Papa Bear in Shrek The Musical Jr, Brad in The Mini Misfits, Oberon in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Ensemble in Wizard Of Oz. Anthony is very grateful for this opportunity and thanks his mom for supporting him on this journey and hopes you have a great time.

Blake Ellis

Blake Ellis (Don Adriano de Armado) is a senior at the East Brunswick Magnet School. His credits include Aladdin (Ensemble), Frozen (Hans), Shrek (Shrek), The Wizard of Oz (The Cowardly Lion), Legally Blonde(Professor Callahan), Romeo and Juliet (Paris), and Tartuffe (Tartuffe). He would like to thank his family and friends for all their support in his acting career.

Zelda Golland

Zelda Golland (Moth) is ecstatic to be making her Two River Theater debut. She is beyond grateful to be a part of something so awesome. Favorite roles include: Sebastian (The Little Mermaid), and The Child (Monstersongs). Although recently, she performed in RBR High school’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Outside of school, Zelda enjoys dancing, singing, and creating films. She also volunteers as a counselor at a theater camp over the summer. Zelda would like to thank her family for always supporting her.

Baku Rae Gurango

Baku Rae Gurango (Berowne) is so pumped for his first show with Two River Theater! He is currently a junior theatre major at the Academy for Performing Arts (UCVTS), and adores any opportunity he’s given to showcase what he is so lucky to do every day (perform!). His favorite past roles include Toothless (HTTYD Jr.), Tiresias (Oedipus Rex), Jojo (Seussical Jr.), and Jack (All In The Timing). With his school, Baku has done so, so many acting explorations and workshops- from to Commedia dell’arte to working as a dramaturg. He was most recently Kristoff (Frozen the Musical) for a holiday performance at APA, a performance he also assisted with lighting design! If you can’t find him onstage, he’s definitely in the tech booth- or dozing off. He’d like to thank Two River Theater and his directors for this opportunity, and hopes you absolutely love the show.

Layla Kuya

Layla Kuya (Anthony Dull) is thrilled to be performing in her second show at Two River Theater. She is a Junior at MCMS Theatre Conservatory. Her credits include Mean Girls The Musical (Ensemble); Peter Pan (Liza/Starkey); Shrek The Musical Jr. (Shrek’s mom/Ogre Fiona); Romeo and Julie (Mercutio); 10 Ways to Survive a Zombie Apocalypse (Christy). She would like to thank her mom for supporting her in throughout this journey.

 

Vivian Oliver

Vivian Oliver (Katherine / Holofernes) is so excited to get to perform at Two River.  She is a Junior at Middletown High School North. And she is a part of the Two River Theater Howard Aronson Metro Scholars program this year. Some of her recent roles have been. Lori (A Chorus Line), Betty (The Crucible), Hotbox Dancer (Guys and Dolls) and Marcy (Dog sees God). She wants to give a huge thank you to her directors and fellow cast members for being so kind and teaching her so much.

Paula de Sousa Rego

Paula De Sousa Rego (Jaquenetta / Marcade) is super excited to make her Two River debut in the Little Shakes adaptation of Love’s Labour’s Lost by William Shakespeare. She’s a senior at the East Brunswick Magnet School (EBMS) Conservatory Theatre Program. Her credits include: EBMS A Night of Restoration-The Rover (Angelica), The Orphan (Monomia), The Gentleman Dancing Master (Gerard), The Beau Defeated(Lady La Basset), and The Bourgeois Gentleman (Backup Singer). Her other credits include: Romeo and Juliet(Peter), Under The Big Top (Ensemble), Into The Woods Jr. (Cinderella/Ensemble), and Seussical The Musical(Sour Kangaroo/Ensemble). Paula wants to thank her family and friends for all the support. She is super excited to see what doors this opportunity presents to her.

Sophia Rivera

Sophia Rivera (Boyet) is thrilled to be making her debut with this wonderful program through Two River Theater. She is a Level 4 actor in the FPAC magnet program at Howell High School. Her recent credits include Witch in Macbeth with the Stone Church Players, for which she received a NJACT Perry Award nomination. Along with Howell High School’s most recent two productions, her roles were Justine Dicarlo in Midsummer/Jersey and the Acrobat in Matilda, for which she received a Count Basie Award nomination.

Lydia Smith

Lydia Smith (Princess of France) is so excited to be performing at Two River Theater for the first time! She is a senior at Henry Hudson Regional School where she is the president of the Drama Club and Tri-M Music Honor Society. She is involved with the HHRS Music program and Axelrod Performing Arts Academy. Lydia is a 2022/23 Howard Aronson Metro Scholar and is the 2023 Poetry Out Loud New Jersey State Champion. Notably, she has performed at Carnegie Hall and Radio City Music Hall numerous times. Her favorite credits include: Chicago (Velma Kelly), The Drowsy Chaperone (Drowsy Chaperone), 9 to 5 (Violet Newstead) and Anything Goes (Reno Sweeney). IG: lydiajas_

Kalin Tomahatsch

Kalin Tomahatsch (Longaville) is ecstatic to make her Two River Debut! Kalin is a senior at the East Brunswick Magnet School: Conservatory of the Arts, specializing in Theatre Arts. Her credits include A Night Of Restoration: as Florinda in The Rover, Dorine in Tartuffe, Alithea in The Country Wife, and Lovewell in Love and a Bottle; Benvolio in Romeo and Juliet; Ensemble in The Addams Family; Brooke Wyndam in Legally Blonde Jr.; and so much more. Kalin would like to thank her family and her friends for supporting her and continuing to aspire her to pursue acting as a career. She is proud to be a part of this production. Enjoy the Show!

Anyi Vasquez

Anyi Vasquez (Rosaline / Nathaniel) is a senior in the MCMS Theatre Conservatory. Their credits include FAME (Lambchops / Drummer) with the Perth Amboy Drama Program, Romeo & Juliet (Friar Lawrence) with the MCMS Theatre Conservatory, & A Night of Restoration (Valeria /Aurelia/ Elmire) with the MCMS Theatre Conservatory. Along with her studies at the MCMS Theatre Conservatory, Anyi is a former attendee of the Middlesex County Arts Middle School Vocal Program and former Vocal / Dance Captain for the Perth Amboy Middle School Theatre Program. She is extremely excited to be a part of a production with Two River Theater and grateful for the opportunity to showcase her talents on a broader scale.

Lucas Vitale

Lucas Vitale (King Ferdinand of Navarre) is a senior at EBMS. His credits include Warner (Legally Blonde), Friar Lawrence (Romeo and Juliet), Tybalt (Romeo and Juliet), and Orgon (Tartuffe). He is super excited to finish off his senior year of high school with an amazing performance. He would like to thank his friends and family for always being by his side and supporting him.

MEET THE CREATIVES

William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare was an English playwright, poet and actor. He is widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world’s greatest dramatist. He is often called England’s national poet and the “Bard of Avon”.

Tai Thompson
Tai Thompson is a New York City based multidisciplinary artist specializing in immersive theater. As a devisor and director, Thompson’s work is character driven and socially conscious spanning from hyper-realistic to satirical. Tai has assisted on large-scale immersive productions throughout the US including 3/Fifths, a macabre carnival and cabaret set in SupremacyLand. She is a 2018 SDCF Observer winner assisting Timothy Douglas on The Color Purple at Portland Center Stage. She was also a 2018 inaugural NAMT Observer assisting Stephen Brackett on the new musical A.D. 16. Tai received two Bachelor of Arts degrees in Theatre and Studio Art from Florida State University.💫

Associate Director/Choreographer

Juson Williams
Juson Williams

JUSON WILLIAMS (Associate Director / Choreographer) couldn’t be more excited to bring Shakespeare’s LLL to life at Two River Theater! A four-time Audelco Award Winner, an M.I.T Award Winner, and a Broadway World Award Recipient. His directing credits include: Slow Dance On The Killing Ground, Radium Girls, Positive! Juson’s Director/Choreography credits include: For The Love Of Charlie Brown (Vanguard Theatre Company), The Wiz (St John’s University), Grease (WB’s European Tour), Smokey Joe’s Cafe, Jesus Christ Superstar (Westchester Broadway Theatre). He is Owner and Artistic Director of the famed choir JW’s Inspirational Singers. They have appeared on Season 16 of “A.G.T,” “The 60th Annual Grammy Awards” with Sam Smith, “The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade” and “The Rockefeller Tree Lighting.” Juson is developing and bringing new works to life, in which he also penned, his upcoming work: A Night with Sarah Vaughan, Ella’s Jukebox Cafe, and Picture Incomplete, his special piece, sure to be a Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning musical. Stay tuned!

Directing Assistant

Isabella Como
Isabella Como

Isabella Como (Directing Assistant) is a senior at East Brunswick Magnet School in Arts Technology. She has done almost twenty shows since being in high school which include In the Heights (Count Basie, Assistant Stage Manager), A Little Shakespeare: Much Ado About Nothing and Romeo and Juliet (Two River Theater, Assistant Stage Manager) as well as several shows at school.

Scenic Designer

Jessica Parks
Jessica Parks

JESSICA PARKS (she/her) has been working as a scenic designer for theater since 2003, and has been the resident scenic designer and prop designer for the New Jersey Repertory Company since 2010. She has worked as the prop supervisor for the Little Shakes program in the past and is very excited to have the opportunity to work with this wonderful program as a designer. Set designs in NYC include: Michael Tucker’s Fern Hill, Butler, The Housewives of Mannheim, Jericho and Poetic License at 59E59 St. Theaters. This is Not a Time for PeaceThe End of Hester and Dan Lauria’s Dinner with the Boys at Theater Row on 42nd St. Other designs include: A Tailor Near Me, The Hummingbirds, Eden Prairie 1971, Memoirs of a Forgotten Man, Wolf at the Door, The Jag, Swimming at the Ritz, Happy and Broomstick at the New Jersey Repertory Company in Long Branch.

Costume Designer

Terrell Jenkins
Terrell Jenkins

TERRELL JORDAN JENKINS (Costume Designer) He/They, is very excited to make their debut at Two River Theater. They have been working alongside the costume shop at Two River for the past year. Other credits include: RENT (Millbrook Playhouse), Passing Strange, The Spitfire GrillHeathers: The Musical, Legally Blonde, A Chorus Line, Spring Awakening, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill, (Vanguard Theater Company), Barbecue (Purchase Repertory Theatre). You can find my work on my Instagram @tjjenkinscostumedesign or on my website https://terrelljjenkins.wixsite.com/costumes

Costume Assistant

Summer Hipper
Summer Hipper

Summer Hipper (Costume Assistant) is a Junior at East Brunswick Magnet School in the Arts Technology Program. Her credits include Winter Dance Show 2023 (Lighting Design/ Light Board Operator), Night of Restoration (Costume Design/Wardrobe), 10 Ways to Survive a Zombie Apocalypse (Costume Design/Light Board Operator), 8th Reel Film Festival (Lighting Designer/Light Board Operator), Winter Music Show 2023(Lighting Design/Light Board Operator). This is her first show at Two River Theater and she is so excited to be a part of it. She is also a 2023/24 Howard Aronson Metro Scholar. She would like to thank her teacher and mentor Ms. Anello for teaching her everything she knows. She would also like to thank her mother for supporting her through everything.

Lighting Designer

Emmanuel Delgado
Emmanuel Delgado

Emmanuel Delgado (Lighting Designer) is a lighting designer based in New York City. He was born and raised in Puerto Rico. Emmanuel thrives in collaborative spaces and uses artistic expression to tell stories that inspire and connect audiences. Emmanuel earned a Master’s Degree in Lighting Design from NYU Tisch. Recent New York Credits: I Know Why the Caged Bird SingsThe Adventures of Honey & Leon, Fish In a Tree and Triple Threat. Recent Broadway productions as an Assistant Lighting Designer: Funny Girl!Topdog/Underdog and Ohio State Murders.

Lighting Assistant

Zel Bollard
Zel Bollard

Zel Bollard (Lighting Assistant) is so excited to be working on this show! They have worked on numerous shows previously, some of their favorites are Bang, Bang, You’re Dead (Technical Director), Dracula: A Feminist Revenge Fantasy, Really (Assistant Technical Director), and Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind (Lighting Designer). Their next upcoming work will be The Lightning Thief (Assistant Technical Director). They are looking forward to continuing their career in lighting after college.

Sound Designer

Ben Scheff
Ben Scheff

Ben Scheff  is a sound designer and composer for theater, circus, and dance. Off-Broadway: Notes from NowKennedy: Bobby’s Last CrusadeOnly Humanand Red Roses, Green Gold. Touring credits include: Twas the Night Before… by Cirque du Soleil, Stars Above by Hideaway Circus, A Midsummer Night’s Circus and Carnival! by Circus Smirkus. Recent regional theater credits include Noises Off and Mamma Mia! Skylight Music Theater, Matt & Ben, Penobscot Theater, Hurricane Diane, The Huntington Theater. Associate/Assistant Design: 59E59, The Director’s Company, Roundabout Theater Company, Cherry Lane Theater, Primary Stages, Manhattan Theatre Club, New York Theater Workshop, Playwright’s Realm, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, The Geffen Playhouse, South Coast Rep, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. Designer and student design mentor at Dartmouth College. Ben is a proud member IATSE Local USA 829 – United Scenic Artists. www.scheffsound.com

Sound Assistant

Bee Munoz
Bee Munoz

Bee Munoz (Sound Assistant) has worked on shows such as A Night of Restoration as the Sound Designer and Sound Board Operator, and Romeo and Juliet as a Carpenter, Painter, and Electrician. They have worked on multiple concerts for music and helped with film shows by running Qlab. They have also worked on multiple shows doing fly rail. They would like to thank their family and friends for supporting them and helping them get as far as they have.

Dramaturg

Elissa Wolf
Elissa Wolf

Elissa Wolf is a creative practitioner who splits her time between the Midwest and the East Coast. She has worked as a teaching artist and educator with organizations such as Chicago Youth Shakespeare, Chesapeake Shakespeare Company, and the Kingsmen Shakespeare Company. Additionally, Elissa hosts a variety of workshops focused on linguistic clues in Shakespeare’s texts. She has also shared her work, focused on asides in Shakespeare, at many Shakespeare conferences including the Wooden O Symposium at the Utah Shakespeare Festival, the Ohio Valley Shakespeare Conference, BritGrad, the Blackfriars Conference at the American Shakespeare Center, and the Australian and New Zealand Shakespeare Association Conference. Elissa holds an MA in Shakespeare and Creativity from the Shakespeare Institute.

Stage Manager

Rebecca Batson
Rebecca Batson

REBECCA BATSON (Stage Manager) (she/her) is an NYC/DMV based stage manager and makeup designer. Some favourite credits include: Relapse: A New Musical (ASM) Khan!!! The Musical! (PSM), Archie’s Weird Parody (PSM), and The Office: A Musical Parody (PSM). 

Assistant Stage Manager

Aileen Espino
Aileen Espino

Aileen Espino (Assistant Stage Manager) is a Junior in the EBMS Arts Technology Program. Her credits at East Brunswick Magnet School include: Music Show 2022 (Stage Manager), A Night of Restoration (Assistant Stage Manager), Perceptions (Stage Manager), and more.

Assistant Stage Manager

Easy Jack Portman
Easy Jack Portman

Easy Jack Portman (Assistant Stage Manager) is a Junior Creative Writing Major at Red Bank Regional High School, where he also worked on multiple productions including A Streetcar Named Desire (Crew), Shrek the Musical (Stage Manager), The Dark Octet (Stage Manager), and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (Co-Writer and Stage Manager). This is his third time working on the A Little Shakespeare program, previously involved with Much Ado About Nothing (Assistant Stage Manager and Lighting Assistant) and Romeo and Juliet (Assistant Stage Manager and Understudy). He is thrilled to be back working at the Two River Theater!

Director of Education

Kate Cordaro
Kate Cordaro

Kate Cordaro (she/her) is a silver curly-headed earth mother, theater artist and administrator, baking enthusiast, and dog lover who currently has two cats. She is the Director of Education for Two River Theater in Red Bank, NJ, recognized by USA Today as one of the top ten regional theaters in the nation. Since 2004, Kate has built the education department from the ground up, and under her guidance TRT has become a recognized artistic home for thousands of students through programs like A Little Shakespeare, Howard Aronson Metro Scholars, Summer Intensives, a vibrant student matinee series, as well as 16 original plays and musicals created and performed by student ensembles. In 2022, the A Little Shakespeare program was featured on the PBS docuseries Here’s the Story, chronicling the theatrical creation process from auditions to closing night. She has served on TRT’s Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee since 2017, and works to support safe spaces as a commitment to creating inclusive environments in which all students at Two River Theater can do their best work. Her favorite directing projects for young people include Bridge to Terabithia, Narnia, Charlotte’s Web (all at Play Group Theatre in White Plains, NY) as well as Alice, Eat the Taste, four installments of The Heroes Project, Neverland and Middle School Mysteries through the education department at TRT. Kate is a frequent Drama and Musical Theater Adjudicator for the Monmouth County, Ocean County, and NJ State Teen Arts Festivals. She is the recipient of multiple awards through the New Jersey Theatre Alliance and Monmouth Arts, and was featured in the latter’s recent 50 for 50 Photo Project highlighting individuals who are influential in moving Monmouth County toward a more inspired, inclusive, and creative arts community. She received the 2023 NJ Governor’s Award for Distinguished Service in Theatre Education and Arts Administration. Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Kate moved to New York to study at the Stella Adler Conservatory and Musical Theater Works through NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Selected roles include Lady Anne in Richard III, Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors, Dorine in Tartuffe, Frauline Doktor Mathilde Von Zahnd in The Physicists at Soho Rep, and Yara in Atom and Eve (dir. Ken Page). Kate also was featured in Janeane Garofalo’s short film Housekeeping, which premiered at the New York Comedy Film Festival. Kate is crazy in love with Kevin and Marcus Camoosa.

Education Manager

Briana Butler
Briana Butler

Briana Butler is the Education Manager at Two River Theater located in Red Bank, NJ. She began her tenure at TRT as a student, participating in Education programs such as TRT Summer Camp and the Howard Aronson Metro Scholars program. Briana began working for TRT in 2014 in Audience Services before transitioning to work with Kate in Education. Briana obtained her Bachelor’s degrees from William Paterson University of New Jersey and recently obtained her Master’s in Arts Administration from Rowan University. She  looks forward to impacting young minds to embrace the arts and their dreams, and make them a reality.

Access Performances for A Little Shakespeare: Love’s Labour’s Lost

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Sensory Inclusive

Modifications are made to certain technical aspects that may be overstimulating for patrons with sensory processing disorders and/or on the autism spectrum, but the show remains intact.

Sensory Inclusive Performances

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Two River Theater
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Sensory Inclusive

Modifications are made to certain technical aspects that may be overstimulating for patrons with sensory processing disorders and/or on the autism spectrum, but the show remains intact.