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Hennepin Theatre Trust hosts a rooftop performance by Classical Actors Ensemble of their new production of Love’s Labor’s Lost on Thursday, June 23 at 7 p.m.

June 6, 2022

This performance is a fundraiser to support their eighth season of Shakespeare in Our Parks summer series

MINNEAPOLIS (June 7, 2022) — Hennepin Theatre Trust announced that Classical Actors Ensemble is back in Twin Cities parks and downtown Minneapolis for their eighth summer to present a new production of Love’s Labor’s Lost. The Trust will be hosting a special rooftop ticketed fundraiser performance on Thursday, June 23, 2022 at 7 p.m. at The Hennepin (900 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis) supporting their Shakespeare in Our Parks series.  Co-directed by Hannah Steblay and Samantha V. Papke, this comedy will be performed in parks across the Twin Cities, June 17 – July 17, 2022, including partnership performances with Hennepin Theater Trust, Franconia Sculpture Park, Old Log Theater, and the MN Humanities Center.

A comedy from early in Shakespeare’s career, Love’s Labor’s Lost centers on the young King of Navarre and his three friends who swear off all worldly pleasures for three years in order to better themselves through study. Their plan is immediately put to the test when the Princess of France and her three ladies-in-waiting arrive on a diplomatic mission and the priorities of head and heart go to war!

Tickets are on sale now to the general public at HennepinTheatreTrust.org.

DAY DATE TIME VENUE SUGGESTED DONATION
Thursday June 23 7 p.m. The Hennepin, Rooftop $25, $45

This is a special fundraiser performance for the Classical Actors Ensemble supporting their summer Shakespeare in Our Parks series with a new production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. The Hennepin is located at 900 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis.

“It’s our favorite time of the year, when we get to share these plays with thousands of Minnesotans in their local parks,” said Producing Artistic Director, Joseph Papke. “For many of them it will be their only Shakespeare in the year, and for some, their only play.” He added, “we’re particularly excited to work with our esteemed partnering organizations to help spread the word about these performances.”

CAE honors Shakespeare’s work by making high-quality entertainment available for all at no charge through its annual Shakespeare in Our Parks program. CAE encourages audiences to bring a picnic to enjoy this free outdoor entertainment for the entire family. More information is available at classicalactorsensemble.org.

CAE honors Shakespeare’s work by making high-quality entertainment available for all at no charge through its annual Shakespeare in Our Parks program. CAE encourages audiences to bring a picnic to enjoy this free outdoor entertainment for the entire family. In keeping with CAE’s aesthetic, this production will include live, modern music. The production is supported, in part, by the City of Saint Paul Cultural Sales Tax Revitalization Program (STAR grant).

Previous Shakespeare in Our Parks productions: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2021, 2016), The Merry Wives of Windsor (2019), Romeo & Juliet (2018), The Comedy of Errors (2017), The Two Gentlemen of Verona (2015), and Love’s Labors Lost (2014).

THE ARTISTS
The skilled cast is led by CAE stalwarts Tom Conry, Lucas Gerstner, Dominic Rodgers, and Alan Tilson; recent U of M/Guthrie BFA grads Cody Carlson, Garrett Hildebrandt, and current student Olivia Kemp; as well as Evan Bowen, Jackson Hoemann, Maddy LaRoche, Mia Martinez, Adri Mehra, Hadley Evans Nash, Katrina Stelk, and Twin Cities newcomer, Brandon Herring, as Berowne.

Scenic design is by Justin Hooper, costumes by Lolly Foy. The production is co-directed by Hannah Steblay and Samantha V. Papke.

SERIES PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE
Friday, June 17, 7 p.m.: Lyndale Park Rose Garden, 4124 Roseway Rd, Minneapolis
Saturday, June 18, 7 p.m.: Lake of the Isles, Newton Ave. S. and W. Lake of the Isles Pkwy, Minneapolis
Sunday, June 19, 7 p.m.: Matthews Park, 2318 29th Ave S, Minneapolis
Thursday, June 23, 7 p.m.: The Hennepin rooftop, 900 Hennepin, Minneapolis
Friday, June 24, 7 p.m.: Normandale Lake Bandshell, 5901 W 84th St, Bloomington
Saturday, June 25, 7 p.m.: Lake of the Isles, Newton Ave. S. and W. Lake of the Isles Pkwy, Minneapolis
Sunday, June 26, 3 p.m.: Cedar Lake East Beach, 2000 S Upton Ave, Minneapolis
Thursday, June 30, 7 p.m.: Franconia Sculpture Park, 29836 St Croix Trail N, Shafer
Friday, July 1, 7 p.m.: Como Park Lakeside Pavilion, 1360 Lexington Pkwy N, St. Paul
Saturday, June 2, 7 p.m.: Lake of the Isles, Newton Ave. S. and W. Lake of the Isles Pkwy
Sunday, June 3, 7 p.m.: Harriet Island Target Stage, 110 Harriet Island Rd, St. Paul
Thursday, July 7, 7 p.m.: Tony Schmidt Park, 3500 Lake Johanna Blvd, Arden Hills
Friday, July 8, 7 p.m.: Newell Park, 900 Fairview Ave N, St Paul
Saturday, July 9, 7 p.m.: Lake of the Isles, Newton Ave. S. and W. Lake of the Isles Pkwy, Minneapolis
Sunday, July 10, 7 p.m.: Old Log Theater, 5185 Meadville St, Excelsior
Thursday, July 14, 7 p.m.: St. Clement’s Church, 901 Portland Ave, St. Paul
Friday, July 15, 7 p.m.: Wolfe Park Amphitheater, 3700 Monterey Dr, St. Louis Park
Saturday, July 16, 7 p.m.: Lake of the Isles, Newton Ave. S. and W. Lake of the Isles Pkwy, Minneapolis
Sunday, July 17, 7 p.m.: MN Humanities Center, 987 Ivy Ave E, St. Paul

Runtime: two hours

To learn more about Classical Actors Ensemble, please visit classicalactorsensemble.org.

Hennepin Theatre Trust drives cultural and economic vitality in Minnesota through leadership of the dynamic Hennepin Theatre District in downtown Minneapolis and educational programming that reaches every area of the state. Its historic theatres — Orpheum, State and Pantages — and event center at 900 Hennepin Avenue light up Hennepin Avenue with top-tier entertainment, including the best of Broadway and a wide variety of arts programming. Hennepin Theatre Trust is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. Learn more at HennepinTheatreTrust.org.

Heart of Hennepin – celebrating 100 years of the Hennepin Theatre District
To honor the centennial, Hennepin Theatre Trust is kicking off a yearlong celebration for the Orpheum, State and Pantages theatres, along with The Hennepin event center and 824 Hennepin, home to the Brave New Workshop comedy theatre. This year-long centennial celebration honors the history of the Hennepin Theatre District and looks ahead to what the future holds for the arts, the Trust and downtown neighbors. HennepinTheatreTrust.org/centennial.

Classical Actors Ensemble is a Twin Cities theater company that performs plays of the English Renaissance as they were originally intended: as popular entertainment for everyone. Since its founding by Producing Artistic Director Joseph Papke in 2009, CAE has presented 26 works by Shakespeare, Ford, Middleton, Dekker, Webster, Jonson, and Marlowe. CAE annually produces a Shakespeare in Our Schools tour to secondary schools and the free Shakespeare in Our Parks summer tour. Recent indoor productions include Hamlet at Elision Playhouse in fall 2021. CAE’s goal is to demonstrate why these works of art are considered classics and to freshly prove their relevance in today’s world.  To learn more about the company, please visit classicalactorsensemble.org.