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As You Like It

June 16 – July 21, 2019
(Opening night: Saturday, June 22)

Lowell Davies Festival Theatre

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.

Cast and Creative

Creative

Jessica Stone (Director, As You Like It) 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. Ms. 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 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). Her upcoming projects include Kate Hamill’s Vanity Fair for Shakespeare Theatre Company and American Conservatory Theater. She currently lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two sons.

Photos

Publicity Photos

Jessica Stone
Director Jessica Stone. As You Like It, by William Shakespeare and directed by Jessica Stone, will run June 16 – July 21, 2019 at The Old Globe. Photo courtesy of The Old Globe.