“We built that ourselves out of scratch. She said, ‘I want some dancing stuff here,' and we just got worse and worse and worse,” Burleson said wryly.
Although Reduxion's production is set in 1953, it maintains the Bard's original language with all its cerebral jokes, elaborate insults and flowery declarations of love.
“I don't feel like I can take any more liberties with it as I would with a very popular show,” Woods said. “I did concern myself with making the show very accessible. ... I wanted to make sure that what I think Shakespeare was doing with the language, which was a bunch of zany craziness, translated onstage.”
The production bears a strong resemblance to a popular cinematic genre of the mid-20th century: the screwball comedy.
“It's got a very broad let's-have-fun mentality to it,” Burleson said. “Some people get scared by Shakespeare ... but it's a very easy story to follow and to really have fun with. I think that's why it's a good choice to take on the library tour.”
Reduxion will give free performances of “Love's Labour's Lost” at 1 p.m. Saturdays March 2-April 13 at different Metropolitan Library System locations. It is the company's third year to take a show to the libraries.
“It's such a casual come-and-go kind of environment that we try to cultivate because the whole point of the library shows is accessibility: accessible because it's free, accessible because it's a Saturday afternoon at your local library,” Woods said.
“We want people to be able to see Shakespeare and be able to experience the joy of it.”