As the title implies, the intent of this play is to delight. We watch as a series of unexpecting men and women become cupid’s victim, falling head over heels in love at first sight. Shakespeare starts his tale in the court, or civilization, and shows nature at odds with itself; two sets of brothers irrationally usurping the other, and a father banishing his niece and daughter. We then shift to the Forest of Arden, or nature. Not only does this dual setting allow Shakespeare to indulge in the ever popular Elizabethan genre of the pastoral comedy (think “The Simple Life,” “Honey Boo Boo” or “Duck Dynasty”) in which we laugh at, empathize with, and learn from “rural folks”, it also allows Shakespeare to challenge our notions of the natural order and human behavior.

 

ENSEMBLE:

Andrew Bentz..................................... Celia

Alan Brincks....................................... Orlando

Carlo Campbell................................... Charles/ Hymen

Ashton Carter....................................... Phoebe

Sean Close............................................. Touchstone

Lee Cortopassi....................................... Amiens/William/Jaques De Boys

James-Patrick Davis*............................... Jaques

Connor Hammond................................. Le Beau/ Silvius

Alexander Harvey..................................... Rosalind

Paul Hebron*............................................ Duke Fredrick/Duke Senior

Stephen Novelli*....................................... Adam/Corin

Matt Tallman............................................. Oliver

Ryan Walter................................................ Audrey/Dennis

*Actor provided courtesy of Actors' Equity Association

 

CREATIVE TEAM:

Directed by Alexander Burns

Assistant Directed and Text Coached by Josh Carpenter 

Costume Designed by Jane Casanave

Lighting Designed by Joseph Glodek

Fight Directed by Ian Rose

Composed by David Cope