Shakespeare Under the Stars: As You Like It Set in Modern Times
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Tarell Alvin McCraney's latest acclaimed play tracks the coming-of-age of a group of talented young African-American prep-school singers whose choral prowess is woven seamlessly into the story. Pharus, the undisputed superstar of the choir, is searching for the courage to let his true self shine through, in this work by MacArthur Fellowship-winner McCraney (The Brother/Sister Plays), who's been called "without question, the hottest young playwright in America" (Chicago Tribune). The West Coast premiere reunites director Trip Cullman, star Jeremy Pope and several other cast members from its 2013 New York run. Learn More
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A performance to remember - GO! A superb updated version and a highly satisfying theatre company. Direction and every lead are just perfect. Thanks for bringing this company to our attention, we will see the very next show they put on.
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Beautiful outdoor setting (gets chilly, so bring a jacket) at the Veterans Garden. The young cast is excellent, delivering Shakespeare with clarity and wonderful energy. John Lavelle is a marvel of physical comedy and hilarity. This is a...continued
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The Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles, Ben Donenberg, Artistic Director, by special arrangement with the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System presents As You Like It.
Director Kenn Sabberton has set the play in present day Los Angeles, where Shakespeare’s court is likened to the corridors of governmental and corporate power and financial influence, and where the events of the day have brought about a sorry and sour state of affairs, stemming from family strife and political maneuverings among the characters.
Since this is Shakespeare, after all, the characters repair to the forest. The Forest of Arden has become the local rural orange groves, adjacent farmland, and Angeles Crest Forest campgrounds where the characters gather to sing, dance, fall in love, and discuss what is truly important for their own health and the health of mankind – as many Angelinos who regularly enjoy the natural settings that are easily accessible to all who live here. “In Shakespeare, as in life, there is a restorative power of nature and in art, creating music, dance and song, as a healing force,” said Sabberton. “It is the transformative Shakespearean experience that an audience can enjoy – as audiences have for hundreds of years – under the moon and the stars.”
The production features original music by Brian Joseph, who wrote original music for the Shakespeare Center’s 2010 production of “Much Ado About Nothing,” featuring Lyle Lovett and Helen Hunt. The scenery is by Gary Wissmann, costumes by Holly Poe Durbin, and the lighting by Trevor Norton.