Love’s Labour’s Lost

OCC Theatre adapts ‘Love’s Labour’s Lost’ against roaring 1920s backdrop

Orange Coast College’s theatre department will adapt William Shakespeare’s “Love’s Labour’s Lost” with a Roaring 20’s twist, including hot jazz, icy cocktails, and dancing ‘til dawn. Performances will take place in the Drama Lab Theatre on Nov. 8-10 and 15-16 at 7:30 p.m. with a matinee show scheduled for 2:30 p.m. on Nov. 17.

One of Shakespeare’s earlier comedies, “Love’s Labour’s Lost” has many of the hallmarks found in the playwright’s comedic works — mis-delivered love letters, overheard secrets, characters masquerading as someone else, and, of course, romance and love. OCC’s adaptation will be set in the 1920s, and will have a look and feel reminiscent of the popular British historical television series, “Downton Abbey.” Theatre instructor Tom Bruno will direct the play, which he chose with his student actors in mind.

“I’ve loved this story since I performed in the play in college many moons ago,” Bruno says. “The sharply delineated and fantastical characters, the overly-elevated language (that Shakespeare makes fun of) and the story of youthful infatuation that needs maturation before true, mutual love can be expressed all appeal to me. Every character in the story is enjoying themselves to some degree, and growing up in the process.”

According to Bruno, that theme of growing up anchors the play. “The characters live in a care-free society in which, once reality comes crashing in, they must learn to choose to say meaningful things, rather than just funny, clever things,” he says. “Undoubtedly our audiences will experience what Shakespeare always gives us: an appreciation for being human.”

Tickets for “Love’s Labour’s Lost” run $10 in advance, and $12 at the door ($8/$10 for students and seniors). Tickets can be purchased at

This article was released by Orange Coast College.