From the 2009-2010 Season:
As You Like It
Playing September 10, 2009 to October 11, 2009
A Suzi Bass Awards Recommended Show!
ASC opens its 20th anniversary on Peachtree Street with the pastoral comedy As You Like It. What will Rosalind have to do to find and keep her Orlando? Join us on a romp through the Forest of Arden where everyone from jesters to shepherds finds love.
Join the cast and crew members for a Question and Answer session on Sunday September 20 after the show!
Read the Plot Synopsis
The late Sir Rowland de Boys had three sons: Oliver, the eldest, hates the youngest, Orlando (“it is the stubbornest young fellow of France”, I.1), whom he has steadily humiliated. Orlando is matched against the usurping Duke Frederick’s deadly wrestler, Charles; the fight, which the youth wins, is watched by Rosalind, the banished Duke’s daughter, and her cousin, Frederick’s daughter Celia. Orlando and Rosalind fall immediately in love; Frederick, jealous of her popularity, banishes her; and in the disguise of a boy (Ganymede) she leaves with Celia (as Ganymede’s sister) and the jester Touchstone, to find her father in the Forest of Arden, where he lives with a company (“my co-mates and brothers in exile”) that includes the melancholy courtier, Jaques.
Orlando and his faithful old Adam have also gone to Arden. The travelers (Act II) arrive severally: Rosalind and Celia overhear the shepherd Silvius declaring his love for Phebe, a scornful shepherdess. Orlando becomes a member of the Duke’s court, and (Act III) hands on the trees his love poems to Rosalind. When he meets her, unknowing, as Ganymede, she promises to cure him of infatuation “if you would but call me Rosalind, and come every day to my cote to woo me”.
Meanwhile Phebe falls in love with “Ganymede”, and Touchstone condescends to the country wench, Audrey. Oliver (Act IV), whom Frederick has summarily banished to find Orlando, arrives in Arden; on hearing how Orlando has rescued his brother from a lioness – and seeing a bloodstained napkin – “Ganymede” faints. Oliver and Celia (Act V) are now in love. Presently all the couples in Arden are united: Rosalind reveals herself to Orlando; and Oliver and Celia, Touchstone and Audrey, and even Silvius and Phebe, are in harmony. Frederick has decided to retire from the world into contemplation; the banished Duke is restored; and Rosalind speaks an Epilogue.
-from The Pocket Companion to Shakespeare’s Plays by J.C. Trewin
Directed by Jeff Watkins
We are happy to announce that this production is a Suzi Bass Awards Recommended Show!
Act One - 60 min Act Two - 75 minutes. One 15 minute intermission
Sept 10-Oct 11, 2009
Duke - J. Tony Brown*
Rosalind - Tiffany Porter
Amiens - Dolph Amick
Jaques - Drew Reeves*
Frederick - J. Tony Brown*
Celia - Mary Russell
Le Beau - Matt Felten
Charles, wrestler - Dolph Amick
Oliver - Maurice Ralston*
Jaques de Boys - Nicholas Faircloth
Orlando - Mike Niedzwiecki
Adam - Doug Kaye*
Dennis - Clarke Weigle
Touchstone - J.C. Long*
Sir Oliver Martex- Nicholas Faircloth
Corin - Maurice Ralston*
Silvius - Matt Felten
Audrey - Laura Cole
William - Dolph Amick
Phebe - Amee Vyas*
Hymen - Doug Kaye*
Bardometer RatingHow difficult is this Shakespearean play to grasp? On a scale of 1 to 10.
What does rating this mean?
You may already know the story and what happens at the end. But even if you don’t, the play is light and the plot is easy to follow. Limited violence, limited bawdiness (see below). There are very few things – historical, religious, or political – that you need to know ahead of time. Just enjoy!
A note about bawdiness in Shakespeare: It exists. Despite what your English teacher taught you, Shakespeare wrote some pretty saucy lines and they pop up from time to time. While there is never any nudity on stage, our actors are trained to make the text clear. If we feel a show contains a plethora of Graphic Elizabethan Poetry (or is very bloody/violent/triggering) we will put that disclaimer in the blurb about the show. It won’t happen often. If this Bardometer lists a play as a 1 or 2, you can rest assured that it is an appropriate show for kids under ten.