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As You Like It

June 16 - July 21

Lowell Davies Festival Theatre

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The cast of As You Like It. Photo by Jim Cox.

As You Like It
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Summary

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Jessica Stone

“All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players.”

The 2019 Shakespeare Festival kicks off with the Bard’s fabulously charming romantic comedy, whose heroine is one of his most remarkable creations. The magical forest of Arden is the play’s famous setting, where a gallery of eccentric characters comes together to find love, fortune, redemption...and themselves. Banished from the court by her deceitful and treacherous uncle, Rosalind disguises herself as a boy, not knowing that the man she loves, also on the run, is behind the next tree. Bucolic Balboa Park is the ideal spot for Shakespeare’s enticing tale of mistaken identity, heartfelt romance, and the endearing fumbles and foibles of love.

Production Sponsor
Darlene Marcos Shiley

Additional support provided by the Jean and Gary Shekhter Fund for Classic Theatre.

Running time: 2 hours and 30 minutes, with one 15-minute intermission.

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Cast and Creatives

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Creatives

William Shakespeare (Playwright), 1564–1616, was an English poet, playwright, and actor, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's preeminent dramatist. During his career he wrote 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and other verses. His body of plays consists of the tragedies Antony and Cleopatra, Coriolanus, Hamlet, Julius Caesar, King Lear, Macbeth, Othello, Romeo and Juliet, Timon of Athens, Titus Andronicus, and Troilus and Cressida; the comedies All’s Well That Ends Well, As You Like It, The Comedy of Errors, Love’s Labor’s Lost, Measure for Measure, The Merchant of Venice, The Merry Wives of Windsor, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Much Ado About Nothing, The Taming of the Shrew, Twelfth Night, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, and The Two Noble Kinsmen; the romances Cymbeline, Pericles, The Tempest, and The Winter’s Tale; and the histories Henry IV Parts I and II, Henry V, Henry VI Parts I, II, and III, Henry VIII, King John, Richard II, and Richard III. His plays have been translated into every major living language and are performed more often than those of any other playwright.

Jessica Stone (Director) previously directed Barefoot in the Park, Ken Ludwig’s Robin Hood!, Arms and the Man, and Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike at The Old Globe. Shehas worked as an actor on and Off Broadway and in television and film for the last 30 years. Her Broadway credits include Anything Goes, Butley, The Odd Couple, The Smell of the Kill, Design for Living, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, and Grease. She has performed Off Broadway and in regional theatres across the country, including 10 seasons at Williamstown Theatre Festival. Her television credits include series-regular and guest-starring roles on CBS, NBC, ABC, and Hulu. Her film credits include work with Ang Lee, M. Night Shyamalan, and Kevin Bacon, among others. Stone’s directing career began in earnest with her 2010 all-male production of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum for Williamstown Theatre Festival. Her directing credits now include Kate Hamill’s Vanity Fair (Shakespeare Theatre Company, American Conservatory Theater), Dancing at Lughnasa, Absurd Person Singular,and A Funny Thing... (Two River Theater), Bad Dates, Ripcord, and Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (Huntington Theatre Company), Bad Jews (George Street Playhouse), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Bucks County Playhouse), Charlotte’s Web (Theatreworks USA), and June Moon and Last of the Red Hot Lovers (Williamstown Theatre Festival). She currently lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two sons.

Tobin Ost (Scenic Design) previously designed The Old Globe’s Barefoot in the Park, Emma, and Himself and Nora. His Broadway credits include Newsies (Tony Award nomination for Best Scenic Design of a Musical), Disaster!, Jekyll & Hyde, Bonnie & Clyde, The Philanthropist (costume design), and Brooklyn (costume design). His notable Off Broadway credits include Maurice Hines Is Tappin’ Thru Life; Nightingale; Grace; The Overwhelming (costume design); Zanna, Don’t! (co-scenic and costume design); Almost Heaven (costume design); and Fighting Words. Ost has worked extensively with other major regional theatres, including La Jolla Playhouse, Mark Taper Forum, Ahmanson Theatre, Goodman Theatre, Arena Stage, Huntington Theatre Company, Ford’s Theatre, Goodspeed Musicals, Two River Theater, Asolo Repertory Theatre, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Yale Repertory Theatre, Hartford Stage, Alliance Theatre, and others. Additionally, Ost teaches design at Purchase College (SUNY), and he is currently working on Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story.

David Israel Reynoso (Costume Design) is an internationally renowned scenic and costume designer who has designed the Globe’s productions of The Tempest, The Wanderers, Red Velvet, The Blameless, tokyo fish story, Constellations, Twelfth Night, Arms and the Man, Water by the Spoonful, Time and the Conways, Double Indemnity, and Be a Good Little Widow. Reynoso is the Obie Award–winning costume designer of Punchdrunk’s Sleep No More (New York and Shanghai) and also the creator/director of the innovative Waking La Llorona (Optika Moderna). He is recognized for his widespread work with theatres such as La Jolla Playhouse, American Conservatory Theater, American Repertory Theater, Arena Stage, Finnish National Ballet, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, Gloucester Stage Company, and The Lyric Stage Company of Boston, among others. His scope of work extends beyond theatre to exhibit designs such as PostSecret and Living with Animals for San Diego Museum of Man. Reynoso has received a Creative Catalyst grant, an Elliot Norton Award, a Craig Noel Award nomination, and multiple IRNE and BroadwayWorld Award nominations. davidreynoso.com, @designreynoso on Instagram.

Stephen Strawbridge (Lighting Design) previously designed The Old Globe’s Much Ado About Nothing, Hamlet, King Richard II, Double Indemnity, Othello, and The Two Gentlemen of Verona. He has designed over 200 productions on and Off Broadway and at most major regional theatre and opera companies across the U.S. Internationally his work has been seen in Bergen, Copenhagen, The Hague, Hong Kong, Linz, Lisbon, Munich, Naples, Sao Paulo, Stratford-upon-Avon (Royal Shakespeare Company), Stockholm, Vienna, and Wroclaw. Strawbridge has been recognized with numerous awards and nominations including American Theatre Wing, San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle, Connecticut Critics Circle, Dallas–Fort Worth Theater Critics Forum, Drama Desk, Helen Hayes, Henry Hewes Design, and Lucille Lortel Awards. He is Co-Chair of the Design Department at Yale School of Drama and a Resident Lighting Designer at Yale Repertory Theatre.

Sten Severson (Sound Design) is pleased to be returning to The Old Globe, where he has designed Much Ado About Nothing, Hamlet, King Richard II, Love’s Labor’s Lost, Macbeth, The Comedy of Errors, Twelfth Night, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, and Othello. His selected credits include the Broadway productions of Hair, The Motherf***er with the Hat, and The Merchant of Venice, and the Off Broadway productions of Venice, No Place to Go, The Total Bent, and The Controversy of Valladolid, as well as King Lear, the musical Love’s Labour’s Lost, Twelfth Night, As You Like It, Hair, and Hamlet for Shakespeare in the Park at the Delacorte Theater. His regional credits include Family Album (Oregon Shakespeare Festival), Fallaci (Berkeley Repertory Theatre), Akeelah and the Bee (Children’s Theatre Company, Arena Stage), and The Abominables, Dr. Seuss’s The Sneetches, and Diary of a Wimpy Kid (Children’s Theatre Company). He has taught at New York University and Yale School of Drama.

Obadiah Eaves (Original Music) is making his debut at The Old Globe. His sound and music have appeared on Broadway in Saint Joan; The Country House; The Assembled Parties; Harvey; A Life in the Theatre; Collected Stories; Accent on Youth; Come Back, Little Sheba; The Lieutenant of Inishmore; and Shining City. His other recent work includes Noura (Playwrights Horizons, Shakespeare Theatre Company), Romeo and Juliet (Huntington Theatre Company), A Doll’s House, Part 2 (Seattle Repertory Theatre), The Portuguese Kid (Manhattan Theatre Club), Hannah and the Dread Gazebo (Oregon Shakespeare Festival), and The Total Bent (The Public Theater). Eaves has received San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle, Lucille Lortel, and AUDELCO VIV Awards. He has also worked with HBO, Nickelodeon, Discovery, History Channel, Bravo, A&E, TLC, and Fisher-Price.

Jacob Grigolia-Rosenbaum (Fight Director) is honored to return to the Globe after The Last Goodbye, Othello, Ken Ludwig’s Robin Hood!, and Hamlet. His credits as a fight director include Peter and the Starcatcher (Broadway, New York Theatre Workshop, New World Stages, national tour), Peter Pan Live! (NBC/Universal), Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (Broadway, The Public Theater, Williamstown Theatre Festival), Cyrano de Bergerac (Broadway), Here Lies Love (The Public Theater, commercial remount), The Robber Bridegroom (Roundabout Theatre Company), Sailor Man (also co-creator; New York International Fringe Festival; Best Play), The Buccaneer (also playwright; The Tank, Fight Fest), and Robin Hood (Williamstown Theatre Festival). Grigolia-Rosenbaum has also been fight director for numerous regional and touring companies, including Disney Cruise Line, Connecticut Free Shakespeare, Ogunquit Playhouse, and National Theater for Arts and Education, as well as for special events (Robin Hood Foundation). He was the stunt coordinator and creature performer for the horror film Dark Was the Night (Caliber/Image) and was a D1 varsity fencer while at Yale University.

David Huber (Voice and Text Coach) has worked on 36 Globe productions since 2014, including What You Are, They Promised Her the Moon, Tiny Beautiful Things, Barefoot in the Park, The Tempest, Native Gardens, A Thousand Splendid Suns, The Wanderers, Uncle Vanya, The Importance of Being Earnest, Hamlet, Ken Ludwig’s Robin Hood!, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, October Sky, Meteor Shower, Sense and Sensibility, Macbeth, tokyo fish story, Camp David, Constellations, Rain, and Bright Star. He has also served as a dialect/voice coach at La Jolla Playhouse and Diversionary Theatre. His regional theatre acting credits include The Old Globe, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Pittsburgh Playhouse, PCPA Theaterfest, Texas Shakespeare Festival, Center REPertory Company, Lookingglass Theatre Company, Odyssey Theatre Ensemble, and Opera Pacific, among many others. Huber coaches voice, speech, and acting privately and at several local colleges, and he also works with special-needs clients. He is a graduate of the Graduate Voice Teacher Diploma Program at York University in Toronto and an M.F.A. graduate of The Old Globe and University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Theatre Program.

Alaine Alldaffer, CSA (Casting) is the Casting Director for Playwrights Horizons, and Lisa Donadio serves as Associate Casting Director. Her Playwrights Horizons credits include Grey Gardens (also on Broadway), Clybourne Park (also on Broadway), Circle Mirror Transformation (Drama Desk and Obie Awards for Outstanding Ensemble, Artios Award for casting), and The Flick (also at Barrow Street Theatre). Her television credits include ABC’s “The Knights of Prosperity” (aka “Let’s Rob Mick Jagger”), NBC’s “Ed,” and USA’s “Monk.” Her regional theatre credits include Huntington Theatre Company, Alley Theatre, Arena Stage, Studio Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Seattle Repertory Theatre, American Conservatory Theater, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, and People’s Light, among others.

Jess Slocum (Production Stage Manager) has worked on over 40 productions at the Globe, including They Promised Her the Moon, Familiar, Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, The Imaginary Invalid, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Love’s Labor’s Lost, tokyo fish story, In Your Arms, Bright Star, Othello, Water by the Spoonful, Pygmalion, A Room with a View, and Robin and the 7 Hoods. Her regional credits include Noura (Shakespeare Theatre Company), Indecent, Side Show, Ruined, The Third Story, Memphis, and Most Wanted (La Jolla Playhouse), and Post Office (Center Theatre Group). She is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and a proud member of Actors’ Equity.

Amanda Salmons (Assistant Stage Manager) has previously worked at The Old Globe on more than 30 shows. Some of her favorites include Life After, The Blameless, October Sky, Rain, The Metromaniacs, The White Snake, Inherit the Wind, Somewhere, and Lost in Yonkers. Her other credits include Blueprints to Freedom: An Ode to Bayard Rustin (La Jolla Playhouse), Kiss Me, Kate (Hartford Stage), The Foreigner, See How They Run, The Music Man, and The Rivalry (Lamb’s Players Theatre), and The Gondoliers, The Pirates of Penzance, Candide, and Trial by Jury (Lyric Opera San Diego). She is a graduate of UC San Diego.

Kendra Stockton (Assistant Stage Manager, July 7–21) previously worked at The Old Globe as Assistant Stage Manager on Ken Ludwig’s The Gods of Comedy, Familiar, Clint Black’s Looking for Christmas, Much Ado About Nothing, Benny & Joon, October Sky, Bright Star,and Dog and Pony, as well as a production assistant on Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, The Few, and the 2013 Shakespeare Festival. She stage managed La Jolla Playhouse’s Home of the Brave and #SuperShinySara and has assistant stage managed their productions of Guards at the Taj, The Orphan of Zhao,and The Who & The What. Her other stage management credits include The Loneliest Girl in the World (Diversionary Theatre), miXtape (Lamb’s Players Theatre), and Irving Berlin’s White Christmas (San Diego Musical Theatre).

Events

Vicki and Carl Zeiger Insights Seminars

This series provides Old Globe patrons with an opportunity to closely connect with productions both onstage and backstage. A panel selected from the artistic company of each show (playwrights, actors, directors, designers, and/or technicians) engages patrons in an informal and illuminating presentation of ideas and insights to enhance the theatre going experience. Each Insights Seminar takes place 90 minutes before curtain time on the Tuesday after performances begin, and includes an informal reception 30 minutes before the start. FREE; no reservations necessary.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019 at 6:30 p.m.

 

Post-Show Forums

Join us after the show for an informal and enlightening question-and-answer session with cast members. Get the "inside story" on creating a character and putting together a professional production. Post-show forums are scheduled after select Tuesday and Wednesday evening performances. FREE; no reservations necessary.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

 

Shakespeare in the Garden

Shakespeare in the Garden is a series of informal presentations that enhance the Summer Shakespeare Festival experience. These seminars feature members of the Festival creative team and take place in the Craig Noel Garden before each performance. FREE; no reservations necessary.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, June 27, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

Friday, June 28, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, June 29, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

Reviews

“A lush and funny staging makes for an entirely rewarding Festival opener. Jessica Stone directs a stylish and smartly acted production of the Bard comedy.” The San Diego Union-Tribune