Buy Tickets From the 2015-2016 Season: As You Like It Playing January 02, 2016 to January 31, 2016

A Suzi Bass Awards Recommended Show

Jonathan Horne, Dani Herd

“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: this Winter, there's no better place to warm up than in Shakespeare's woods at The Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse.

Join the cast and crew members for a lively Question and Answer session on Sunday January 10 after the show! 

Read the Plot Synopsis

As You Like It 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.

Director's Notes

Directed by Andrew Houchins

Show Information


Act One - 65 min / 15 min intermission / Act Two - 80 min (Ending time is approx. 10:30pm/9:30pm Sun)

Show Roles

Runs January 1-31, 2016

Duke, living in exile Vinnie Mascola
Rosalind, the banished Duke’s daughter Dani Herd
Amiens, lord attending the banished Duke Mary Ruth Ralston
Jaques, lord attending on the banished Duke Drew Reeves*
Frederick, the Duke’s brother Troy Willis*
Celia, Frederick’s daughter Kirstin Calvert
Le Beau, a courtier Nicholas Faircloth
Charles, wrestler to Frederick Vinnie Mascola
Oliver, son to Sir Rowland de Boys Paul Hester*
Jaques de Boys, his younger brother Adam King
Orlando, the youngest brother Jonathan Horne
Adam, Oliver’s servant J. Tony Brown*
Dennis, Oliver’s servant Becky Cormier Finch
Touchstone, Frederick’s court jester Jeffrey Stephenson
Sir Oliver Martex, a vicar Adam King
Corin, a shepherd Troy Willis*
Silvius, a shepherd Nicholas Faircloth
Audrey, a country wench Kristin Storla
William, a country fellow, in love with Audrey Adam King
Phebe, a shepherdess Becky Cormier Finch
Hymen J. Tony Brown*
Orlando Understudy (final weekend) Kevin Roost
Phebe, Dennis Understudy Anna Fontaine

*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States

Show Times
In general, shows at The Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse begin at 7:30pm, except on Sundays, when they begin at 6:30pm.

Bardometer Rating

How 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.

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