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As You Like It

Like the Roaring Twenties for this country, the Forest of Arden represented a world of possibilities for young Rosalind. Our brilliant adventurer escapes a threatening world of suppression, even death, and her exile represents a dramatic break between past and future as she traverses the forest and the prospect of new horizons. Menace gives way to hope, re-invention, poetry, and love, cooked up with a big dose of hilarious comedy! Join us at sunset in the Roman Garden Theatre for this madcap romantic comedy that is sure to steal your heart and lift your spirits.

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Plot Summary

Duke Senior has been usurped and banished from court by his younger brother Duke Frederick. Oliver de Boys is withholding from his younger brother, Orlando, his rightful inheritance. Their father was Sir Rowland de Boys, whom Duke Frederick claims was his enemy. Rosalind, the daughter of Duke Senior, is suddenly banished from court by her uncle, Duke Frederick, father of her cousin, Celia. Off they venture into the Forest of Arden, but not before Rosalind is smitten on first sight of Orlando at a wrestling match. Orlando must also flee the town due to his brother’s murderous intentions. With so many courtesans heading to the woods adventures dangerous, humorous, and love-struck ensue while fools Touchstone and Jacques lend their unique perspectives toward what results in a wonderfully gratifying conclusion.

Artists

Gregory Boover

Gregory Boover

(Silvius) Fifth season. S&Co: Scaramouch (The Emperor of the Moon), Feste/Fabian (Twelfth Night), Macduff/Duncan (Macbeth), Musician/Composer (An Iliad), Greg (SLaW), Polonius/Horatio (Hamlet), Nurse/Friar (Romeo & Juliet), Ensemble (The Tempest), Damis (Tartuffe). Off-Off B’way: Ernst (Spring Awakening: A Sin of Omission). Looking Glass Theater. Greg has worked regionally with Berkshire Playwrights more(Silvius) Fifth season. S&Co: Scaramouch (The Emperor of the Moon), Feste/Fabian (Twelfth Night), Macduff/Duncan (Macbeth), Musician/Composer (An Iliad), Greg (SLaW), Polonius/Horatio (Hamlet), Nurse/Friar (Romeo & Juliet), Ensemble (The Tempest), Damis (Tartuffe). Off-Off B’way: Ernst (Spring Awakening: A Sin of Omission). Looking Glass Theater. Greg has worked regionally with Berkshire Playwrights Lab, WAM Theatre, Theatre at Monmouth, and Hampshire Shakespeare, and works in the education department at S&Co. Training: S&Co 2017 January Intensive; (BA) UMass Amherst; UKent, Canterbury. Greg is a proud member of AEA and you can find his artwork on Instagram @booverdoodles.

Thomas Brazzle

Thomas Brazzle

(Oliver/Aubrey) fourth season (Posthumous, Cymbeline; Sebastian, The Tempest). S&Co: Proteus (Two Gentlemen of Verona); Gobbo(The Merchant of Venice); Richard II; The Tempest; Walter (Kaufman’s Barbershop). Regional: Edmund, King Lear (Guthrie Theater, MN); Grand Concourse; The Droll (WAM Theatre Fresh Takes Series); Franco Wicks, Superior Donuts; Alonzo, Look Away (World Premiere, more(Oliver/Aubrey) fourth season (Posthumous, Cymbeline; Sebastian, The Tempest). S&Co: Proteus (Two Gentlemen of Verona); Gobbo(The Merchant of Venice); Richard II; The Tempest; Walter (Kaufman’s Barbershop). Regional: Edmund, King Lear (Guthrie Theater, MN); Grand Concourse; The Droll (WAM Theatre Fresh Takes Series); Franco Wicks, Superior Donuts; Alonzo, Look Away (World Premiere, (TheatreSquared, AR); Reggie, Sam (New Play Fest, Portland Stage); Axel, The Pelican; Aaron, Titus (NYC); Tybalt, Romeo & Juliet; Borachio, Much Ado About Nothing; Alsatian Fogerty, Peter Pan. Thomas is a NYC playwright and holds an MFA from UCONN, thomasbrazzle.com.

Allyn  Burrows

Allyn Burrows

(Director) nineteenth season (Artistic Director; Alan, God of Carnage; Actor, T.S. Eliot and his Love of Shakespeare). S&Co: Or, King John, Much Ado About Nothing, Henry V, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Henry IV Pt 1, Measure for Measure, Betrayal, The House of Mirth, Love’s Labours Lost, Macbeth, and The Complete more(Director) nineteenth season (Artistic Director; Alan, God of Carnage; Actor, T.S. Eliot and his Love of Shakespeare). S&Co: Or, King John, Much Ado About Nothing, Henry V, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Henry IV Pt 1, Measure for Measure, Betrayal, The House of Mirth, Love’s Labours Lost, Macbeth, and The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged). As Artistic Director of Actors’ Shakespeare Project, Allyn directed productions of Romeo & Juliet,Pericles,Jon Lipsky’s Living in Exile, Richard II, and The Tempest, and performances there included The Winter’s Tale, Henry VI Part 2, Henry VIII, Twelfth Night, King Lear, and Richard III. He recently performed in Can You Forgive Her (Huntington Theatre), Breaking the Code (Underground Railway Theatre), Shipwrecked (The Lyric Stage), Oceanside, The Seafarer, Pursuit of Happiness, and The Homecoming (Merrimack Repertory Theater), and Five by Tenn (Speakeasy Stage). The 2006 Elliot Norton Award recipient for The Homecoming, King Lear, and Five by Tenn, Allyn also received the 2011 IRNE Award for Breaking the Code. Off-Broadway credits include Bug, Killer Joe, Louis Slotin Sonata, Closetland, and The Widowing of Mrs. Holroyd. He has worked regionally at The Actors’ Theatre of Louisville, The American Conservatory Theatre, The Long Wharf Theatre, The Denver Center, and The Walnut St. Theatre. Television credits include The Broad Squad, Law and Order, Law and Order: Criminal Intent, Against the Law, and on film in The Company Men, Julie & Julia, and Manchester by the Sea.

MaConnia Chesser

MaConnia Chesser

(Touchstone) third season (Training Programs Manager) S&Co: Mrs. Dickson, Intimate Apparel, Henry VI.six (Tygre’s Heart, A Pair of Molehills. . . , Boys of York, Queen Meg), Lovers’ Spat; Regional: Kennedy Center, NJ Rep (company member), Theater Alliance (Insurrection: Holding History, Helen Hayes nomination), Ensemble Studio Theatre, Tennessee Shakespeare, WAM more(Touchstone) third season (Training Programs Manager) S&Co: Mrs. Dickson, Intimate Apparel, Henry VI.six (Tygre’s Heart, A Pair of Molehills. . . , Boys of York, Queen Meg), Lovers’ Spat; Regional: Kennedy Center, NJ Rep (company member), Theater Alliance (Insurrection: Holding History, Helen Hayes nomination), Ensemble Studio Theatre, Tennessee Shakespeare, WAM Theatre, Chester Theatre, Berkshire Playwrights Lab , York Shakespeare, African Continuum Theatre,Totem Pole Playhouse, & Folger Theatre. Film/TV: Nothing But the Truth, Ghosts of Hamilton Street, Diseasels, HBO’s The Wire. Education: Shakespeare & Company, National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts, Alcorn State University. Upcoming: Casca in Julius Caesar with Actors’ Shakespeare Project. For Lisa Rose and Tricia.

Nigel Gore

Nigel Gore

(Duke Senior/Duke Frederick) tenth season (Prospero, Tempest; Belarius, Caius Lucius, Cymbeline; Actor, Women of Will). Recent: S&Co: Jacques, Mother of the Maid. TFANA: Dr Rank, Dolls House, Dr Ostermark, The Father. Bedlam: Colonel Brandon, Sense & Sensibility; Dorn, Seagull. Old Castle: Lyman Felt, Ride Down Mt Morgan; Henry, Lion in more(Duke Senior/Duke Frederick) tenth season (Prospero, Tempest; Belarius, Caius Lucius, Cymbeline; Actor, Women of Will). Recent: S&Co: Jacques, Mother of the Maid. TFANA: Dr Rank, Dolls House, Dr Ostermark, The Father. Bedlam: Colonel Brandon, Sense & Sensibility; Dorn, Seagull. Old Castle: Lyman Felt, Ride Down Mt Morgan; Henry, Lion in Winter. Women of Will (played in New York, Shanghai, Prague, The Hague, Mexico). Colorado Shakespeare Festival: Richard, Richard III (Best actor award, WestWord Denver). Publick Theatre, Boston: George, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf (Eliot Norton Award Outstanding Actor). Orlando Shakes, S&Co: Caesar, Julius Caesar. Prague Shakes: Brutus, Julius Caesar; Claudius, Hamlet. Film: The Last Knights.

Deaon  Griffin-Pressley

Deaon Griffin-Pressley

(Orlando) third season (Pisanio, Cymbeline; Ferdinand, (The Tempest). S&Co: Richard lll (Lovers’ Spat), Osric (Hamlet), Lorenzo (The Merchant of Venice), Outlaw 3 (Two Gentlemen of Verona). The Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre: Orsino (Twelfth Night), Hortensio (Taming of the Shrew). Hypokrit Theatre Company: Mercutio/Tybalt (rep) (Romeo & Juliet). Oxford Shakespeare Company: Macbeth more(Orlando) third season (Pisanio, Cymbeline; Ferdinand, (The Tempest). S&Co: Richard lll (Lovers’ Spat), Osric (Hamlet), Lorenzo (The Merchant of Venice), Outlaw 3 (Two Gentlemen of Verona). The Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre: Orsino (Twelfth Night), Hortensio (Taming of the Shrew). Hypokrit Theatre Company: Mercutio/Tybalt (rep) (Romeo & Juliet). Oxford Shakespeare Company: Macbeth (Macbeth), Clarence (Richard lll). Film: Stricken (New York Film Academy). Deaon has studied acting at the British American Drama Academy at Oxford University, with a full scholarship from the English Speaking Union. He is also a NYC based playwright with works featured at The Lark, Woodie King Jr.’s New Federal Theatre & Fringe Festival NYC. Follow Instragram @dgppoetry.

Ella Loudon

Ella Loudon

(Phoebe) second season (Miranda, The Tempest; Guiderius, Cymbeline) Theatre: Kent, King Lear, Marta, The Patsy, Devil/Woland, The Master and Margarita, Nina, The Seagull, Amy, Citizenship, Zeus, Metamorphosis. Film: The Double, Maneater, Trauma in a Time Machine. more(Phoebe) second season (Miranda, The Tempest; Guiderius, Cymbeline) Theatre: Kent, King Lear, Marta, The Patsy, Devil/Woland, The Master and Margarita, Nina, The Seagull, Amy, Citizenship, Zeus, Metamorphosis. Film: The Double, Maneater, Trauma in a Time Machine.

Mark Zeisler

Mark Zeisler

(Charles/Jacques) third season, Shakespeare and Co: Antonio, The Tempest Broadway: A View From the Bridge. Off Broadway: Rancho Viejo, Piece of my Heart, eurydice, The Sex Lives of our Parents, The Accomplices. Regional: Alley Theatre, American Repertory Theatre, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Baltimore Center Stage, Merrimack Rep, Actors Theatre of Louisville, more(Charles/Jacques) third season, Shakespeare and Co: Antonio, The Tempest Broadway: A View From the Bridge. Off Broadway: Rancho Viejo, Piece of my Heart, eurydice, The Sex Lives of our Parents, The Accomplices. Regional: Alley Theatre, American Repertory Theatre, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Baltimore Center Stage, Merrimack Rep, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Yale Rep, Berkeley Rep, The Goodman, The McCarter, Seattle Rep, Folger Theatre, and The BAM Next Wave Festival. Television: Bull, Castle Rock, The Blacklist, House of Cards, Elementary, The Good Wife, Rescue Me, Blue Bloods, Pan Am, The Americans, all three Law and Order(s). Film: Two Week Notice, Random Hearts. Narrator for GI Jews (PBS). Trained at SUNY Purchase.

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