Classic Shakespeare production "As You Like It" to begin statewide tour Oct. 25.
Cousins Rosalind and Celia escape from their kingdom to live in exile in the Forest of Arden, where they learn about life and love and the complexities of each while away from the comforts of home as Delaware Shakespeare presents "As You Like It," one of the Bard’s most cherished romantic comedies, in venues throughout the region from Oct. 25 through Nov. 12.
This Delaware Shakespeare Community Tour brings professional theater to underserved audiences in nontraditional venues, traveling with a cast of eight acclaimed actors, as well as original music composed by Delaware musician Joe Trainor and sculptural set pieces created by University of Delaware professor David Meyer.
The cast of "As You Like It" includes four actors who appeared in the inaugural Delaware Shakespeare Community Tour production in 2016 – Trevor Fayle, J Hernandez, Danielle Leneé and Bi Jean Ngo – alongside Adam Altman, Jeffrey Cousar, Merri Rashoyan and three-time Barrymore award winner Liz Filios.
Leneé takes on the role of one of Shakespeare’s greatest heroines, Rosalind. Leneé is a Barrymore-nominated Philadelphia actor previously seen with Delaware Shakespeare in The Comedy of Errors and Pericles, Prince of Tyre, and off-Broadway with Delaware Theatre Company’s White Guy on the Bus.
"As You Like It" is directed by Madeline Sayet. Sayet is a 2016 TED Fellow, a MIT Media Lab Director’s Fellow, an O’Neill/Kennedy Center/NNPN National Directing Fellow, and a recipient of The White House Champion of Change Award from President Barack Obama. She was the resident director at Amerinda (American Indian Artists) Inc. in New York from 2012-2016 where she developed new plays by Native American playwrights and launched the Native American Shakespeare Ensemble.
Free public performances of "As You Like It" will take place at Groves Adult High School – Red Clay (Marshallton), Ministry of Caring/Sacred Heart Village (Wilmington), the Rick Van Story Resource Center (Wilmington), Kent County Public Library (Dover), Christ Episcopal Church for the clients of Dover homeless shelters (Dover), Delaware Psychiatric Center (New Castle), The Achievement Center (Wilmington), Greenwood Public Library (Greenwood), and The Stockley Center (Georgetown).
Three additional tour venues – at Howard R. Young Correctional Institution (Wilmington), Baylor Women’s Correctional Institution (New Castle) and the Ferris School for Boys (Wilmington) – are not open to the public.
For the first time in its history, Delaware Shakespeare will perform in Philadelphia for the guests of Broad Street Ministry, a Philadelphia worship community that practices radical hospitality and works for a more just world through civic engagement.
Limited tickets are available for each of the free public performances, and must be requested in advance via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Only 125 tickets are available for each of the ticketed performances at OperaDelaware Studios. A benefit performance on Nov. 11 will include a pre-show wine reception with the cast.
Tickets for the two studio performances for As You Like It are $25; student tickets are $15. Tickets to the benefit are $100. For tickets, visit delshakes.org.
"As You Like It" and the Delaware Shakespeare Community Tour is made possible by gifts and grants from the Longwood Foundation and Next Generation North, as well as honorary co-producers Renata B. Kowalczyk and Laurel A. Riegel.