The Shakespeare Factory Players Present: As You Like It

WHO:                        The Shakespeare Factory Players

WHAT:                       As You Like It  by William Shakespeare

WHEN/WHERE:

Press Preview  Wed.  8/24  8PM
Emmanuel Episcopal Church
811 Cathedral St., Baltimore, MD 21201

Fri. 8/26        7PM               Shakespeare in the Park(ing Lot)
3 N. Main St., Mt. Airy MD 21771

Sat. 8/27      1&5PM          Patterson Park             Raindate: 8/28, 1pm
Patterson Place/Eastern Ave.,
Baltimore, MD

Sat. 9/3         1&5PM          Westminster City Park
Sun. 9/4       2PM             Longwell Ave, Westminster, MD 21157

Mon. 9/5      4PM               Wyman Park
Wyman Park Dr./Remington Ave., Baltimore, MD

Sat. 9/10      1PM               Millard Cooper Park
Springfield Ave./Cooper Dr., Sykesville, MD 21784

Sat. 9/10      7:30PM         Emmanuel Episcopal Church
811 Cathedral St., Baltimore, MD 21201

Sun. 9/11     12PM             Federal Hill Park      (following The Race to Remember)
Key Highway/Battery Ave., Baltimore, MD

Fri. 9/16        8PM               St. John’s Episcopal Church
11040 Baltimore Ave., Beltsville, MD 20705

Sat. 9/17      4PM               Sumpter Park      Raindate: 9/24, 4pm
Robert St./Jordan St., Baltimore, MD

Sun. 9/18     2PM               South Branch Park
W. Friendship Rd/just past Howard County Line, Sykesville, MD

*PreShow Jam Session and Kids Activities begin 30 minutes prior to Curtain

HOW (Much!): This is a FREE Performance – suggested Donation $10/adult

The Shakespeare Factory Players (SFP) are bringing free love to the Forest of Arden in their playful interpretation of the Bard’s As You Like
(Carroll County & Baltimore, Maryland)  Close out the summer with another fun and family friendly presentation from The Shakespeare Factory!  From August 26th to September 18th SFP is touring Carroll, Baltimore, and Prince George’s County (like players of old.)  At each show the audience becomes true members of the Performance Ensemble in The Forest of Arden through the SFP’s trademark “Original Practices Presentation.”  It features maximum audience interaction and special attention to Shakespeare’s language so viewers of all ages and backgrounds can enjoy this comedy masterpiece WITHOUT FEAR!  As an added twist, SFP has set the show in the late sixties to emphasize the free love vibe of the script.  The play’s many period songs have been replaced with some folk favorites so the audience can sing along.  SFP encourages audience members to join us 30 minutes prior to Curtain for a Jam Session and FREE kids’ activities.  Visit SFP online at theshakespearefactory.com for a complete list of venues.

Shakespeare Factory Artistic Director Tom Delise presents a fun and audience friendly version of Shakespeare’s comedy masterpiece, As You Like It.  SFP’s use of audience/actor interaction, contemporary musical performances, and cross gender casting creates a unique and festive atmosphere for our production.  By turning the banished Lords in the Forest of Arden into a Free Love Hippie Commune, we make the play more accessible to a modern audience and emphasize the MANY crazy romances of the play.

You see, Orlando loves Rosalind (and isn’t afraid to say so with public displays of really bad poetry.)  Rosalind loves Orlando, but she’s dressed as a boy, so Phebe thinks she loves her/him(?).  Silvius loves Phoebe (but no one’s really sure why) and Touchstone loves Audrey, who also loves him, but where does that leave William who loves her?  Did we mention Celia ends up in love with Oliver (who’s sort of the bad guy) while Duke Senior loves the woods, and Jaques just loves to be melancholy?

As You Like It features some of Shakespeare’s most charming characters.  There’s the Quick witted cousins, Rosalind and Celia, delightfully goofy Orlando, the fantastic fool Touchstone, and the hilariously depressed Jacques, who reminds the audience “All the World is a stage…”

Our Company adapts each production to the unique venues where we tour and is the only company in the area to offer consistent FREE educational opportunities in conjunction with each show.  For As You Like It, Ensemble Members will participate in a talk back with the audience after every performance.  FREE performance activities for children (5-15) and a Jam Session for adults (16+) will be held 30 minutes prior to every performance.

Ensemble Members for this Production are:  (SFP Company Members)-Jess Behar, Kelly Dowling, Barbara Madison Hauck,  Jenn Mikulski, Ian Blackwell Rogers, Chris Ryder, Jim Stimson  AND  Frank Mancino, Rick Lyon-Zaiden  Joel Ottenheimer, Kristina Szilagyi, Ann Turiano PLUS (Interns) Kelly Graff , Michael Kreinar, and Nick Seese

The Shakespeare Factory is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization dedicated to bringing Shakespeare to life for audiences of all ages and backgrounds. We financially support three separate companies that target multiple age groups and have the following major objectives:

  • Create performances that inspire audiences to the wonder of Shakespeare’s language
  • Use Shakespeare’s work to educate and entertain people of all ages in our community
  • Create “Original Practices” performances that recreate, whenever possible, the original staging conventions of Shakespeare’s time

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