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As You Like It

By William Shakespeare

Directed by Jason Morgan

2008

 

ROSALIND.........................................Jule Nelson-Duac

CELIA....................................................Lauren Morgan

OLIVER................................................Benjamin Darling

ORLANDO..........................................Shelton Windham

ADAM................................................................J King

TOUCHSTONE.........................................Steve Lindsay

SILVIUS....................................................Porter Gandy

PHEOBE.....................................................Sarah Bailey

DUKE FREDRICK and DUKE SENIOR............Terry Yate

CORIN.......................................................David Kelton

LE BEAU and SIR OLIVER MARTEX.........Jared Johnson

CHARLES, THE WRESTLER and WILLIAM.....Logan Ball

AMIENS.............................................Lisa D' Alessandro

SERVANT..............................................Laird Thompson

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Jason Morgan as JAQUES

 

Oliver and Orlando

 

Rosalind and Celia

 

Rosalind, Celia, and Touchstone

 

Charles the Wrestler

 

Adam and Orlando

 

Amiens and Jaques

 

Rosalind

 

Touchston, Celia, and Rosalind

 

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Amiens, Jaques, Duke Senior, and a Servant

 

Jaques and Duke Seniot

 

Rosalind and Orlando

 

Audrey

 

Corin, Rosalind, and Celia

 

Corin, Silvius, and Pheobe

 

Pheobe

 

Touchstone and Audrey

 

Rosalind and Orlando

 

The Couples

 

Quotes from North Texas Literary Criticism

 

"The audience for Stolen Shakespeare Guild's As You Like It outnumbered the cast by one. That was unfortunate because the cast gave a highly-entertaining presentation of Shakespeare. I won't call them amateurs; this is high-quality work. Among the cast bios, I counted 8 with bachelors degrees or above, several in theater, and three current students. One actor mentioned studying theater, but not graduating. The others may have just not mentioned their college training. All in all, a well-educated cast with the know-how to bring Shakespeare to life."

"Jule Nelson-Duac was outstanding as Rosalind. She was superbly backed by Lauren Morgan as Celia. Both women delivered Shakespeare's lines with great naturalness, nothing artificial, nothing I'm-reciting-poetry about them."


"The director, Jason Morgan, clearly understands Shakespearean theater. He effectively used the different areas of the set to move the play through the different scenes. Renaissance theater with its multitude of scenes can be difficult because the act structure of the modern theater is different. He handled it well."

"I mentioned earlier that it is too bad this play is not taken to secondary schools. It has long been my belief that English teachers should not be allowed to "teach Shakespeare." These are plays! Meant to be seen and heard, not read! Many people come away from high school hating Shakespeare. The language is too difficult -- but if they saw the plays on stage acted by well-educated casts like this one, they would "get it." This play in particular, As You Like It, is well suited to present to middle school children. We should start on them when they are young so when they are adults a performance like this won't be attended by only a handful of people. A handful of the smartest people in North Texas, I might add."


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