Director Cheryl Faraone Sets Shakespeare’s Comedy in World War I Era
Middlebury, VT—The Middlebury College Department of Theatre and Dance continues its fall season with William Shakespeare’s As You Like It, a play of impulsiveness, melancholy, and exile, opening November 15. The action in this new production occurs in the early 20th century, a time when the world tipped over and all was irrevocably changed.
About the Company
The large cast includes Christina Fox ’13.5 as Rosalind/Ganymede; Jake Connolly ’13 as her lover Orlando; Sarah Lusche ’13 as Celia, Rosalind’s cousin and partner in adventure; Ben Orbison ’12.5 as Touchstone the clown; and Molly O’Keefe ’12.5 as Jaques, the Forest of Arden’s resident philosopher. The battling forest couple Phebe and Silvius will be played by Rachel Goodgal ’13 and Nick Hemerling ’14.5. The cast also includes students Daniel Sauermilch ’13, Teddy Anderson ’13, Mrig Mehra ’13, Sumi Doi ’13, Adam Benay ’13, Thomas Scott ’13.5, Jack Markusen ’13.5, Tom Durkin ’12.5, Melissa MacDonald ’15, Alexandra Kennedy ’13, Tom Hitz ’15, Stephen Paolillo ’15, Libby McCarthy ’13, Emma Eastwood-Paticchio ’15, Eddie Danino-Beck ’15, Mike McCann ’15, Jack Clancy ’14, Savant Shrestha ’13, and Jack Dolan ’13. The “forest singers,” a group of exiles who wander the fringes of the Forest of Arden, will be played by Rachel Getz ’15.5, Erica Furgiuele ’15, Evann Normandin ’14.5 , Leah Sarbib ’15.5, and Shannon Fiedler ’14.
Two special events will help audiences develop a better understanding of As You Like It.First, a Behind-the-Scenes Lunch and Discussion about As You Like It will take place on Tuesday, November 13, 2012, at 12:30 P.M., at Wright Memorial Theatre. Director Cheryl Faraone, Musical Director Carol Christensen, and members of the company will share their experiences in the creation of this production. Lunch is provided free of charge to Middlebury College ID card holders; community donations are welcomed.
A panel discussion entitled "Why Shakespeare Today" will take place immediately following the 2:00 P.M. matinee on Saturday, November 15, 2012. Depending on the actual running time of that day's performance, the discussion should begin around 4:30 P.M. Panelists Melissa Lourie of Middlebury Actors Workshop, Town Hall Theater's Director of Education Lindsay Pontius, and UVM Shakespeare professor Stephen Schillinger join director Cheryl Faraone to answer questions and share their insights into this gender-bending play. Lourie and Pontius have professional backgrounds in directing, acting, and producing Shakespeare. Schillinger's background is in the study of literary history, especially 16th and 17th-century English drama (Shakespeare and his contemporaries). Refreshments will be served, and admission is free.
Performances of As You Like It will take place on Thursday–Saturday, November 15–17, 2012, at 8:00 P.M. each evening, at Wright Memorial Theatre. The theatre is located at 96 Chateau Road in Middlebury, just off Route 125/College Street. Free parking is available on College Street and in the parking lot behind the theatre, accessible from Shannon Street. Handicap accessible parking is available on the evenings of performances in front of the theatre on Chateau Road. Tickets are $12 for the general public; $10 for Middlebury College faculty, staff, alumni, emeriti, and other ID card holders; and $6 for Middlebury College students. For tickets or information, call (802) 443-MIDD (6433) or go to http://go.middlebury.edu/arts.
Middle photo: Christina Fox '13.5 (Rosalind) and Sarah Lusche '13 (Celia) rehearse Shakespeare's As You Like It.
Bottom photo: As You Like It director Cheryl Faraone, Professor of Theatre and Women’s and Gender Studies