May 24-Jun 18
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JAQUES: Rosalind is your love's name?
ORLANDO: Yes, just.
JAQUES: I do not like her name.
ORLANDO: There was no thought of pleasing you when she was christened.

-As You Like It, William Shakespeare

Do you remember when you found your people?

In Shakespeare's gender-bending comedy, adaptable and resilient Rosalind must leave everything she knows behind to find her true family. Disguised as a boy named Ganymede, she and her cousin Celia, along with the affable jester Touchstone, journey through the forests of Arden, meeting both long-lost and newfound friends. Realizing that family is not just those related by blood, Rosalind sheds her identity and transforms her relationships, discovering who she is along the way.

As You Like It runs 2 hours, 30 minutes with a 15-minute intermission. The performance uses fog effects, the depiction of violence including a prop knife, and has a loud sound cue near the end of the first act.


  • CALENDAR
  • WHO'S WHO
  • PHOTOS
  • PRESS
  • PROGRAM & DRAMATURGY
  • INFORMATION FOR PARENTS

Who's Who


CREATIVE TEAM
Director—DESDEMONA CHIANG
Scenic Designer—NINA BALL
Costume Designer—MELISSA TORCHIA
Lighting Designer—MASHA TSIMRING
Sound Design—SHARATH PATEL
Resident Fight Director—DAVE MAIER
Movement Choreographer—STACEY PRINTZ
Music Director/Transcriptionist—EVERETT ELTON BRADMAN
Lynne Soffer–TEXT/VOCAL COACH
Stage Manager—DEIRDRE ROSE HOLLAND
Assistant Stage Manager—CHRIS WATERS

CAST
Duke Frederick, Duke Senior—JAMES CARPENTER
Audrey—PATTY GALLAGHER
Silvius—WILLIAM THOMAS HODGSON
Phebe—LISA HORI-GARCIA
Touchstone, Adam—WARREN DAVID KEITH
Oliver—CRAIG MARKER
Orlando—PATRICK RUSSELL
Celia—MARYSSA WANLASS
Rosalind—JESSIKA D. WILLIAMS
Jaques—JOMAR TAGATAC

The Actors and Stage Managers employed in this production are members of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

PHOTOS


PRODUCTION

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(L to R, front) Jomar Tagatac (seated) as Charles the Wrestler, Patrick Russell as Orlando and Jessika D. Williams as Rosalind in California Shakespeare Theater's production of William Shakespeare's AS YOU LIKE IT, directed by Desdemona Chiang; photo by Kevin Berne.


(L to R) James Carpenter (Duke Frederick) and Maryssa Wanlass (Celia) in California Shakespeare Theater's production of William Shakespeare's AS YOU LIKE IT, directed by Desdemona Chiang; photo by Kevin Berne.


(L to R) Maryssa Wanlass (Celia) and Jessika D. Williams (Rosalind) in California Shakespeare Theater's production of William Shakespeare's AS YOU LIKE IT, directed by Desdemona Chiang; photo by Kevin Berne.

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(L to R) James Carpenter (Duke Senior), Craig Marker (Amiens), Lisa Hori-Garcia (Second Lord), William Thomas Hodgson (First Lord), Patrick Russell (Orlando) and Jomar Tagatac (Jaques) in California Shakespeare Theater's production of William Shakespeare's AS YOU LIKE IT, directed by Desdemona Chiang; photo by Kevin Berne.


(L to R) Craig Marker (Amiens), Lisa Hori-Garcia (Second Lord), James Carpenter (Duke Senior), William Thomas Hodgson (First Lord), and Patrick Russell (Orlando) in California Shakespeare Theater's production of William Shakespeare's AS YOU LIKE IT, directed by Desdemona Chiang; photo by Kevin Berne.


(L to R) Jessika D. Williams (Rosalind), Maryssa Wanlass (Celia), and Patrick Russell (Orlando) in California Shakespeare Theater's production of William Shakespeare's AS YOU LIKE IT, directed by Desdemona Chiang; photo by Kevin Berne.

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(L to R) William Thomas Hodgson (Silvius), Jessika D. Williams (Rosalind), Lisa Hori-Garcia (Phebe), Maryssa Wanlass (Celia), and Jomar Tagatac (Jaques) in California Shakespeare Theater's production of William Shakespeare's AS YOU LIKE IT, directed by Desdemona Chiang; photo by Kevin Berne.


(L to R) Patrick Russell (Orlando) in California Shakespeare Theater's production of William Shakespeare's AS YOU LIKE IT, directed by Desdemona Chiang; photo by Kevin Berne.


(L to R) Jessika D. Williams (Rosalind), Patrick Russell (Orlando) and Maryssa Wanlass (Celia) in California Shakespeare Theater's production of William Shakespeare's AS YOU LIKE IT, directed by Desdemona Chiang; photo by Kevin Berne.

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(L to R) Maryssa Wanlass (Celia) and Craig Marker (Oliver) in California Shakespeare Theater's production of William Shakespeare's AS YOU LIKE IT, directed by Desdemona Chiang; photo by Kevin Berne.


(L to R) Patty Gallagher (Audrey), Maryssa Wanlass (Celia), Craig Marker (Oliver), and Warren David Keith (Touchstone) in California Shakespeare Theater's production of William Shakespeare's AS YOU LIKE IT, directed by Desdemona Chiang; photo by Kevin Berne.


(L to R) William Thomas Hodgson (Silvius), Lisa Hori-Garcia (Phebe), Patty Gallagher (Audrey), Warren David Keith (Touchstone), James Carpenter (Duke Senior) and Jomar Tagatac (Jaques) in California Shakespeare Theater's production of William Shakespeare's AS YOU LIKE IT, directed by Desdemona Chiang; photo by Kevin Berne.

Press Release:
CALIFORNIA SHAKESPEARE THEATER OPENS ITS 2017 SEASON WITH AS YOU LIKE IT, May 24-June 18

COVERAGE

"[A] high-stakes blend of comedy and romance." Georgia Rowe, SF Examiner

“If you like As You Like It with a twist, head to Orinda’s Cal Shakes. Terrific comedic chemistry…and generates some heat!" Sam Hurwitt, Bay Area News Group

"Desdemona Chiang’s smart, contemporary production of As You Like It for CalShakes turns the play inside out, resulting in an extraordinarily moving and revelatory performance." Kurt Daw, shakespearestribe.com
"Director Desdemona Chiang’s class-conscious meditation on this run-away-to-the-forest-and-slip-into-a-better-world fantasia at California Shakespeare Theater is fascinating…" John Wilkins, KQED

“It’s refreshing to see a Rosalind who isn’t dainty but vigorous. She owns the part when Rosalind gets to be lusty, tough or socially awkward…Patrick Russell…achieves a new degree of thoughtfulness and subtlety…" Lily Janiak, San Francisco Chronicle

"In an accessible and lively production, director Desdemona Chiang has fashioned the play down to its essentials" Emily Mendel, Berkeleyside

"As You Like It at Cal Shakes celebrates change and adaptation, wherever it may lead. Join in for seductive song, lavish love, and modern marvels—as you like it." Barry David Horowitz, Theatrius



Click above to read the As You Like It Program!


Arden: coming home through where we’ve never been before
by Dramaturg Philippa Kelly

A Sunny Day In Ashland
Dramaturg Philippa Kelly shares some thoughts with director Desdemona Chiang.

INFORMATION FOR PARENTS

We generally recommend As You Like It for adults and children ages 13 and up.

We believe in opening young minds to the power and magic of live theater. However, we understand that not every production may be appropriate for every child or family, as we frequently address mature issues, ideas, and themes. We are happy to speak with you further about the content and/or artistic expression of any of our productions to aid you in determining whether it is suitable for your children.

Children under four are not permitted in the Amphitheater as a courtesy to our patrons and artists.

INFORMATION FOR PARENTS

We believe in opening young minds to the power and magic of live theater. However, we understand that not every production may be appropriate for every child or family, as we frequently address mature issues, ideas, and themes. We encourage you to consider whether any particular Main Stage production is appropriate for your child, and to be in dialogue with us and your children about the content and/or artistic expression therein.

Children under four are not permitted in the Amphitheater as a courtesy to our patrons and artists.