Take a Walk in the Woods with CSC’s “As You Like It
Sneak Peak by Gregory Bossler of As You Like It: CSC
This seasonâ€™s Shakespeare opener at Cincinnati Shakespeare Company is the pastoral As You Like It, which runs from November 20 to December 12.
The show follows Rosalind, who is banished to the Forest of Arden, where she finds her exiled father and his supporters, including the melancholy Jaques, who famously laments â€œAll the worldâ€™s a stage, and all the men and women merely players.â€ As with most of Shakespeareâ€™s romantic comedies, there are a series of mistaken identities and complicated love triangles, but in the end, Rosalind finds true love with Orlando, just as her father is restored to the throne.
Itâ€™s been about ten years since CSC produced As You Like It. This time the production has Artistic Associate Jeremy Dubin at the helm and the entire Cincinnati Shakespeare resident ensemble in the company, including Geoffrey Barnes as Orlando and Sara Clark as Rosalind.
Clark returns to the stage just four months after giving birth to son Brennan. Now in her tenth season in the resident ensemble, she has appeared as Ophelia, Juliet, Daisy in The Great Gatsby, and Abigail Williams in The Crucible. Her first main-stage production at CSC was that production of As You Like It a decade ago.
Performances are scheduled Nov 18-19 at 7:30 p.m.; Nov. 20-Dec. 11, Thu-Sat at 7:30 p.m., Sun at 2 p.m.; and Dec. 12 at 2 p.m.
Single ticket prices range from $22 to $35 on Thursdays and Sundays and from $26 to $39 on Fridays and Saturdays. Previews are $25. If available, $14 student rush tickets may be purchased 30 minutes before a show with a valid student ID. Discounts are also available for seniors, groups, and AAA members.
Tickets may be purchased with cash, Visa, Discover, MasterCard, or American Express in person at the CSC box office (719 Race Street), by phone (513-381-2273, ext. 1), or online (www.cincyshakes.com).