From the 2011-2012 Season:
As You Like It
Playing May 31, 2012 to July 01, 2012
A Suzi Recommended Show!
“All the world’s a stage . . .” We invite you to join us on another trip into Shakespeare's enchanted woods. . . where Rosalind disguises herself as a man as Orlando litters the woods with love notes praising her beauty and virtue. Will the two lovers be united? Will Orlando survive the wrestling match? Will you have a great time? Here's a hint: in June there's no better place to be than in Shakespeare's woods at The Shakespeare Tavern.
A part of The Shakespeare Evolution Series!
Join the cast and crew members for a lively Question and Answer session on Sunday June 10 after the show!
Read the Plot Synopsis
(from The Pocket Companion to Shakespeare’s Plays by J C Trewin)
The late sir Rowland de Boys had three sons: Oliver, the eldest, hates the youngest, Orlando, 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 that includes the melancholy courtier, Jaques.
Orlando and his faithful old Adam have also gone to Arden. The travelers 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 hangs on the tree his love poems to Rosalind. When he meets her, unknowing, as Ganymede, she promises to cure him of infatuation “if you would be 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, 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 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.
Directed by Troy Willis
Duke - Jay Peterson
Rosalind - Veronika Duerr*
Jaques - Jeff McKerley*
Frederick - Vinnie Mascola
Celia - Kelly Criss
Le Beau - Matt Nitchie
Charles -Jay Peterson
Oliver - Jacob York
Jaques de Boys - Andrew Houchins*
Orlando - Jonathan Horne
Adam - J. Tony Brown*
Dennis - Clarke Weigle
Touchstone - Daniel Parvis
Sir Oliver Martex - Andrew Houchins*
Corin - J. Tony Brown*
Silvius - Matt Nitchie
Audrey - Rachel Frawley
William - Mark Schroeder
Phebe - Dani Herd
Hymen - J. Tony Brown*
Amiens - Mark Schroeder
Lords - Clarke Weigle, Andrew Houchins*, Jeff McKerley*, Rachel Frawley
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 (though please note that Shakespeare was a bawdy writer, you can’t escape it in any of his plays). There are very few things – historical, religious, or political – that you need to know ahead of time. Just enjoy!
We recommend this type of play to families, school-age kids, first-timers to Shakespeare, or anyone who just wants to do something fun on a night off. This type of play is perfect for large groups like birthday parties or special event gatherings.
How to prepare for seeing this kind of play: Just show up! You don’t need to know the play to follow along and enjoy.
Performances this Season
- The Taming of the ShrewPerformances begin March 26, 2015
- Thornton Wilder’s Our TownPerformances begin April 10, 2015
- The Merchant of VenicePerformances begin May 01, 2015
- CoriolanusPerformances begin May 29, 2015