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.
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
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."
“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."
“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."