A modern twist to Shakespeare


Modern Twist

Alex Smith

Some people may think Shakespeare is outdated or difficult to understand. But ISU Theatre’s “Love’s Labor’s Lost” is attempting to prove them wrong.

This version, adapted by director Matt Foss, adds a modern twist to Shakespeare’s classic comedy.

Beside the audience is a projected image of a forest line that changes seasons as the play goes on. Upon entering the theater, viewers are immediately surrounded by the set and become a part of the production.

“[The projection] makes the possibilities of the set infinite,” said Ben Millar, senior in music who plays King Ferdinand.

The set itself allows room for imagination. There are minimal set pieces, such as white curtains and marker boards, and their uses add to the humor of the show. Foss said he took Shakespeare’s idea of “using what was modern within his time” and placing it into his plays.

Adaptations go farther than set alone. The acting and dialogue also have a more modern approach. The actors attempt to draw the audience in by moving through the house doors and in the aisles.

“We cut out a lot of the Old English word play that’s outdated,” said Heather Smith, senior in performing arts who plays Rosaline. “You will see the actors’ backs, which is different from a more traditional or conventional style.”

Smith also said the costumes have a more modern approach and are a “mix of different eras.”

The cast agreed the show is something anyone, with Shakespeare knowledge or not, can enjoy and understand with its combination of songs, dance and comedy.

“If you go in with an open mind, then you will understand more than you would expect,” Smith said.

“[Shakespeare] shows have so much depth to them,” said Colin Morgan, senior in music who plays Berowne. “It’s really accesible to everyone.”

Love’s Labor’s Lost

Where: Fisher Theater

When: Nov. 4, 5, 11 and 12 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 6 and 13 at 2 p.m.

Cost: $8 students, $16 adults, $14 seniors