Open Eye presents "As You Like It"
The Open Eye Theater presents William Shakespeare’s pastoral romantic comedy, “As You Like It” opening on Thursday, July 17 and running through Sunday, July 27.
Written in 1599, this play rings true today with plot twists of romance, treachery, action, deception, and reconciliation. Perhaps the most famous lines from the play, “All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players. They have their exits and their entrances, and one man in his time plays many parts.” best describes the production of this work.
“As You Like It,” a comedy of family dynamics, politics, power, banishment, mistaken identity, and love in the Forest of Arden will be directed by Amie Brockway. The play was clearly intended by Shakespeare as a simple, diverting amusement; several scenes in “As You Like It” are essentially made up of songs and joking banter. The fast pace and rapid humor of the play is sure to entertain adults and kids alike.
The central role of Rosalind, a Princess who disguises herself as the young shepherd Ganymede in the Forest of Arden is played by Alisa Fersch, 2008 graduate and Valedictorian at Roxbury Central School. Alisa has performed on the Open Eye stage in numerous productions. South Kortright Central School Junior Rachel Adams is making her third appearance with The Open Eye Theater as Rosalind’s cousin Celia. Adam Lehn, playing the part of Rosalind’s suitor Orlando is a senior at SUNY Albany. Anne Saxon-Hersh delivers the famous “All the world’s a stage” line as Jacques.
Other cast members include John Exter, Agnes Laub, Tom Hafner, Alejita Jacobs, Philip Misner, Roy Moses, Barbara Morrow, Elizabeth Sherr, Vito D’Erasmo and Robin White a musician who also plays the part of Audrey. Music Director, Robert Cucinotta, who composed original music for the production also takes the stage briefly as Denis.
“As You Like It” will run at The Open Eye Theater on Main Street in Margaretville for two weekends, opening on Thursday, July 17 through Sunday, July 27 with evening performances at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and a Sunday matinee at 3 p.m.
Tickets are adults $15, seniors $12, children and students $7. Group rates are available. Reservations may be made by phone at 586-2727 or 586-1660; or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, check the website at www.theopeneye.org.