director | dramaturg | producer

AS YOU LIKE IT

by William Shakespeare, adapted by Gavin Witt

North Park University | Fall 2016

Gavin Witt's agile, alive adaptation of this text was alarming relevant during the turbulent fall of 2016. From the possibility of the Cubs' historic World Series win, to the evidence all through our election cycle that gender and expectations remain inextricably linked, I was grateful to have such an eager, game, and intelligent pack of collaborators with whom to explore this play. 

The play was restructured so that when we go into the forest we stay there, rather than hopping between court and forest as in the original. This gave us the opportunity to radically transform the space when we ran away to Arden. The black duvateen curtains that had encased the audience in the three-quarter thrust configuration dropped. The red court curtain fell away. A delicate snow-covered forest was revealed, and audience members on two sides were asked to move to a newly revealed seating area (their seats were about to become playing space. In a play so much about shifts of perception, working with this crack professional design team to find a way to literally change the perspective of the audience in the middle of the first act was essential. At intermission, as the play moves from winter to spring, we added green grass-like carpets and more color to the world as it continued to thaw from a place ruled by fear to one driven by love and possibility.
photos by Brandon Wardell
FEATURING
‚ÄčAnnamarie Giordano
Berit Godo
Bernadette Hagen
Blaine Curry
Carri Stevens
Cecilie Dyrstad Krie
Cedar Larson
Christiane Schaldemose
Ethan Rincon
Kamren Smith
Mara Franzen
Pia Mueller
Rachel Ford
Raymond Hutchinson
Scott Wagner
Tyler Skafgaard
Yae Lin Hong

COLLABORATIVE TEAM
Dramaturg: Zev Valancy
Scenic Designer: Brandon Wardell
Costume Designer: Jessica Kuehnau  Wardell
Lighting Designer: Emma Deane
Props Designer: Archer Curry
Composer & Sound Designer: Michael Huey
Violence Design: Victor Bayona & Richard Gilbert
Stage Manager: Taylor Erexson
Assistant Stage Manager: Contessa Elhers
Company & Wardrobe Manager: Carri Stevens
Master Electrician: Cedar Larson
‚ÄčTechnical Director: Samantha Rausch
Student Technical Director: Annamarie Giordano
Marketing Director: Kamren Smith
Production Manager: Chad Eric Bergman 
Assistant Production Manager: Hannah Harper Smith