Shakespeare's Pastoral Comedy As You Like It
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The last date listed for As You Like It was Sunday March 6, 2011 / 6:00pm.
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Travel to a small English town in the late 1940s -- complete with the swinging music and dancing of the era -- where lusty Sir John Falstaff has just arrived short on funds and with the goal of seducing the wives of Windsor's two wealthiest citizens. But these "merry wives" see right through his plan and proceed to turn the tables on the rogue, bringing all kinds of chaos to town in the process. The Merry Wives of Windsor pays tribute to the screwball comedies of the 1930s and is Shakespeare's only play to deal with contemporary middle-class life. Learn More
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An idyllic Forest of Arden provides the lush backdrop for Shakespeare's glorious romantic comedy of courtiers, clowns, philosophers and provincials — all bewitched by the trials and triumphs of love. Disguised as a boy, Rosalind escapes the perilous court — only to find her heart in peril as she instructs the man she loves on how best to woo a woman. CST's acclaimed Associate Artistic Director Gary Griffin stages this tale of mistaken identity and misguided affection, following his wildly successful CST productions of Private Lives and Amadeus.
Griffin has cast As You Like It with a talented Chicago company of actors that includes many frequent CST collaborators. Performing the role of Rosalind is Kate Fry, who last appeared in CST’s Henry IV Parts 1 and 2, marking the Theater’s debut at the Royal Shakespeare Company. Joining Fry as Rosalind’s cousin Celia is Chaon Cross, who collaborated with Griffin on CST’s Private Lives last season. Matt Schwader, performing the role of Orlando, appeared in CST’s “Short Shakespeare!” production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Henry IV Parts 1 and 2. Helen Hayes Award winner Ross Lehman returns to perform the role of Jaques, having most recently appeared in Chicago Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. Kevin Gudahl, who received critical acclaim for his turn in Griffin’s Pacific Overtures, will appear as Duke Senior.
Performing the role of Touchstone is Phillip James Brannon, who last appeared in CST’s Richard III. Additional CST veterans in Griffin’s production include Patrick Clear as Corin, Matt DeCaro as Duke Frederick, Dennis Kelly as Adam, Elizabeth Ledo as Phoebe and Jeff Parker as Oliver. Steve Haggard, currently appearing as Benvolio in CST’s Romeo and Juliet, returns as Silvius. The cast for As You Like It is rounded out by Hillary Clemens as Audrey, Nathan Hosner as Charles/William, Andrew Mueller as Amiens, Andrew Neiman as Le Beau, Mark Richard as First Lord, Austin Talley as Second Lord, Steve Wojtas as Jaques de Boys and ensemble members Josh Doucette and David Schlumpf.
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