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July 24, 2024

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Belmont, Nashville Shakespeare Festival Present ‘Love’s Labor’s Lost’

Who else is excited for in-person live performances at the Troutt?

What happens when men swear off women? Find out during Love’s Labor’s Lost, a romantic comedy by William Shakespeare now at Belmont University’s Troutt Theater. This is a co-production between Belmont University’s College of Music & Performing Arts and the Nashville Shakespeare Festival.

Love Labor’s Lost’s cast includes two professional actors, Dan Kassis and Mary D. Cheek, working alongside emerging artists from Belmont University’s College of Music & Performing Arts, allowing theatre students to gain valuable experience for their college career and beyond.

After a three-year hiatus from traditional winter Shakespeare programming due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Nashville Shakespeare Festival is enthusiastic about returning to in-person live performances at the Troutt.

“We are all yearning for authentic connection. Humans need that. That is what live theatre is all about: art happening in real time in the same room as the audience. A shared, meaningful experience is good for the soul,” says Nashville Shakespeare Festival’s Executive Artistic Director Denice Hicks.

Katie Fraley is a junior theatre performance and political science double major playing the role of Maria in the show. “This show and its process have been the cornerstone of these past few months for me. Getting to work with this amazing cast and director has been a precious gift that I could not have imagined,” she says.

‘Love’s Labor’s Lost’ runs through Feb. 26. Ticket prices start at $18, and VIP Royal Packages are available for purchase. For more information on the production, including performance dates and times, visit



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Michael Aldrich

Michael Aldrich is Nashville Parent's Managing Editor and a Middle Tennessee arts writer. He and his wife, Alison, are the proud parents of 4-year-old Ezra and baby Norah.