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LA Tech Celebrates 400 Years of Shakespearean Comedy

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Louisiana Tech University celebrates the 400th anniversary of Shakespear's death with a steampunk interpretation of "Love's Labours Lost."

With Spring in the air, Louisiana Tech University bring to life "Love's Labours Lost." The ageless comic tale penned by Shakespeare over 400 years ago has delighted audiences for centuries.

In the play, the King of Navarre and the men of his court swear off all women for three years in an effort to dedicated themselves to studying. All goes well until the Princess of France arrives with all of her ladies-in-waiting. Hilarious hijinks ensue as the men are forced to rearrange their priorities. 

This performance will not be your typical Shakespeare play, as LA Tech has chosen to portray a "steampunk" interpretation.  Even in this modernized version, the actors had to take the preparation seriously.

"Shakespeare is just a whole different monster in itself. It's all about research. If the actor understands what they are saying, then the audience will understand as well," says actress Ashley Davis.

Although Shakespeare can have a reputation for being hard to understand, cast members have worked hard to capture the essence of the lines.

"I think it would be a lie to say you don't struggle a little at first-- just because the language is so rich. So, as an actor, you have to really dig in, and have a full understanding of what you're saying," explains cast member Courtney VanEaton Theodos

The play runs from Tuesday April 26 to April 30 with perfor.mances at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday May 1 at 2 p.m. For more information or tickets, visit Louisiana Tech University Theatre.

Kirby Rambin is a natural entertainer, having played violin since the age of 9 and performing publicly since he was just 12. As a teen, he performed with the Monroe Youth Symphony and the Louisiana All-State Orchestra.
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