Posted on:August 15, 2009
Shakespeare's As You Like It has a familiar comedic formula: heroes banished to the wilderness, girls in pants, witty fools, characters breaking into song, and multiple couplings, but its clever banter and merry tone is unique within the canon. In BSR's upcoming adaptation, the return to the simple life in the Forest of Arden is set in the nostalgic Americana of the 1930s, specifically as popularized by the cover artists of the Saturday Evening Post of that time, Norman Rockwell and J.C. Leyendecker, among others. Incorporated into this pastoral frolic is music from NYC folk trio The Roches, as well as original collaborative music from the cast. This is the second full-length production from the Bushwick Shakespeare Repertory, whose all-female Romeo & Juliet and ongoing performance salon, Merely Players, have been well-received in Brooklyn and Manhattan alike. In keeping with Bushwick Shakes' commitment to providing challenging casting opportunities, the traditionally male roles of Jaques and Touchstone will be played by Michelle Foytek and Jordan Boughrum.
Performance Dates: August 12-16 and 19-23, 2009 78th St Theatre Lab 236 W. 78th (at the corner of Broadway) Wednesday-Saturday shows: 8pm Sunday matinees: 3pm Tickets: $15, to purchase tickets please go here For more information about the Repertory please email Bushwickshakes@gmail.com. Our website (www.bushwickshakes.com) is coming soon! As You Like It is directed by Katherine Harte-DeCoux; produced by Alexsis Balaoing; lighting by Rafael Cubela; costumes by Jordan McFadden; fight direction by Nathan DeCoux; music by Amanda Gookin and Michael Halpern; Poster design by Claire Leasia. CAST: Mark August, Tiffany Baker, Jordan Boughrum, Chris Cornwell, Julia Crockett, Ryan Feyk, Michelle Foytek, Whitney Long, Jordan McFadden, Cat Povinelli, Matthew Rini, Hannah Sloat, and Melanie Stroh. The Bushwick Shakespeare Repertory is a female-driven collaborative focused on providing challenging opportunities in performance, directing, production and design. We are strongly committed to casting women in roles not traditionally available to them in Classical Theatre. We are a phalanx of artists dedicated to cultivating an outstanding production company and creating a continuing educational environment.