As You Like It

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Lily Wolff

 

This gender-bending, music-infused take on Shakespeare’s classic romantic comedy was directed by Lily Wolff with original music composed by T. Lynn Mikeska, and boasted an incredible creative team including award-winning actors and designers, ready to transport you to the magical world of Arden. This female-dominated cast was comprised of 9 women and 5 men, playing 24 roles, with most actors playing cross-gender. The result was an As You Like It that stayed unwaveringly true to Shakespeare's text, but an As You Like It unlike ANY you've ever seen before.

 

As You Like It ran February 19 - March 6 at Trinity Street Theatre.

Cast
Rosalind - Shannon Grounds

Celia - Robin Grace Thompson*

Orlando - Kriston Woodreaux*

Oliver - Andrea Smith

Touchstone - Julie Moore*

Audrey/Duke Frederick - David Boss

Jacques - Molly Fonseca

Duke Senior - Fritz Ketchum

Le Beau/Amiens/William/Hymen - Taylor Flanagan

First Forrester/Jacques De Boys/Dennis - Taji Senior

Adam/Sir Oliver Martext - Robert Deike

Corin/Charles the Wrestler - Michael Mergen

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Production Crew

Director - Lily Wolff
Producer - Shannon Grounds
Composer - T. Lynn Mikeska

Stage Manager - Mindy Griffin

Set Consultant - B.P. Houle

Costume Designer - E.L. Hohn

Lighting Designer - Patrick Anthony

Shakespeare Consultant - Robert Matney

“This is a land of dreams, enchanted and enchanting. As You Like It is always fun, and this production is something special. Director Lily Wolff draws into this magic circle both familiar Austin devotees of Shakespeare performance and attractive newcomers. And the Shrewd company is just that: knowledgeable, confident, plausible and entirely winning."

- Central Texas Live Theatre Review


“With bold casting choices, great directorial decisions, and a cast of a lifetime, they’ve breathed sparkling new life into one of Shakespeare’s most staid plays, as well as creating one of the most entertaining theatrical experiences this critic’s had in years."

- Austin Theatre Examiner Review


“William Shakespeare's AS YOU LIKE IT, by Shrewd Productions and playing at Trinity Street Theatre is a blissful, flawless evening at the theatre...The entire performance is a pure joy to watch and is a must see for every theatre fan."

As You Like It - Broadway World Review

 

Video Trailer - Magic Spoon Productions

 

Production Photos - Kimberley Mead

© Shrewd Productions, Photos by Errich Petersen, Kimberley Mead, Maureen Martinez, Sara Erensoy, Tate English and Bret Brookshire

 

Shrewd Productions is a sponsored project of the Austin Creative Alliance.
This project is funded and supported in part by the City of Austin through the Economic Development Department/Cultural Arts Division believing an investment in the Arts is an investment in Austin’s future.  Visit Austin at NowPlayingAustin.com.

 

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