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As You Like It

As You Like It

As You Like It

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Fontaine Syer

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November 13-14, 17-21 at 7:30pm
November 21 at 2:00pm
Ruth N. Halls Theatre

Synopsis

"Full of unspoiled mirth and innocent affection" from The Arden Shakespeare 1904

Gender has a long and complex history in Shakespeare’s plays, a history shaped by the fact that ALL the roles were played by men in Elizabethan times. So what happened in plays such as As You Like It — when female characters, played by young boys, went off to their adventures disguised as boys, and played love scenes with male characters, also played by boys? And what happens today, when roles that are usually played by males are played by females? Love is what happens — in all its various forms and relationships — as we shall see in this new adaptation of Shakespeare’s As You Like It, where the power structure is all dominated by women, but the lovers aren’t dominated by anyone. The gender of two characters, Phoebe and Oliver, have been reversed, leading to two same-sex couples at the end of the play.

Rosalind, Shakespeare’s most compelling female character, flees political intrigue and a death sentence to escape to the Forest of Arden — where she and her dear cousin, Celia, meet a unusual array of characters, including Rosalind’s own mother, who has been forced into exile by her power-hungry sister. Rosalind also crosses paths again with Orlando, a young man escaping his own evil sister, and what began as a powerful crush on their first meeting begins to grow. Celia, too, falls in love, as do various denizens of Arden, while Shakespeare charts and explores the nature of love in its many different forms. Gender ultimately makes no difference when the heart decides to fall in love.

As You Like It is one of Shakespeare’s most enduring, well-loved comedies. This adaptation is completely faithful to Shakespeare’s text — if you aren’t too picky about pronouns! It also goes a long way to celebrate Shakespeare’s timeless elasticity, demonstrating joyfully why these 400-year old plays still speak to us today with candor and comedy, relevance and recognition, discovery and delight.

Cast

Nile Arena (Oliver Martext)

Mark Banik (Orlando)

Nicole Bruce (Lady)

Courtney Crary (Audrey)

Brittany Daly (Lady)

Kritl Densley (Rosalind)

Isabel Dieppa (Corrine)

Gina DiSerio (Celia)

Sarah Fischer (Jacques)

Chelsea Gill (Amiens)

Justin Harner (Adam)

Miles Heymann (Willem)

Maddy King (Lady)

Molly Kruse (Olivia)

Evan Mayer (Peter)

Sarah McCarroll (Duchesses)

Jared Miller (Lord)

Sam Platt (Lord)

Jennifer Saltiel (Lady

Kevin Sheehan (Lord)

Taylor St. John (Touchstone)

Kate Suffern (LaBelle

Tyrone Van Tatenhoven (Charles

Jaysen Wright (Silvius)


Production Team

Fontaine Syer (Director)

Hyunsuk Shin (Senic Designer)

Jennifer Sheshko (Costume Designer)

Liz Replogle (Lighting Designer

Christopher Wood (Sound Designer)

Hillary Kern (Stage Manager)

Jonathan Courtemanche (Assistant Director)

Stephanie Stout (Assistant Stage Manager)

Matthew Tepperman (Assistant Stage Manager)

Lauren Zadina (Production Assistant)

Adam Noble (Movement Coach/Combat Choreographer)

Nancy Lipschultz (Voice and Speech Coach)