Genre: Classical, Comedy
By William Shakespeare, Starring Raul Julia, Jr. as Orlando and Jessica Lynn Jennings as Rosalind

The American Theatre of Actors presents in its outdoor theater As You Like It, Shakespeare's popular, light-hearted comedy, which contrasts civilized court life with pastoral innocence and skewers many conventions of love and society. Banished from the "envious" court and seeking refuge in the idyllic Forest of Arden, Rosalind (Jessica Lynn Jennings), disguised as a boy, woos and eventually marries her love, Orlando (Raul Julia, Jr.), also banished there. Along the way she is reunited with her banished father, the duke, and manages to arrange the marriages of three other couples frolicking in the forest.

The company, directed by James Jennings, includes Jane Bacon (Phoebe, a disdainful shepherdess), Charles Baker (Corin, a shepherd), Michael Bordwell (William, a country youth in love with Audrey, Dennis, and a Lord), Ned Cray (Duke Senior, the exiled duke), Marie Darden (Audrey, a goat keeper), Tim Dudek (Touchstone, a court Fool), Bill Growney (Silvius, a young shepherd in love), William Greville (Duke Frederick, the usurping duke, and Hymen, god of marriage), Paul Hansen (Le Beau, a courtier at Duke Fredrick's court, and Amiens, a lord attending Duke Senior in exile), Jessica Lynn Jennings (Rosalind, daughter to Duke Senior), Raul Julia, Jr. (Orlando, youngest son of Sir Rowland de Boys), Katherine Poklemba (Celia, Rosalind's cousin, daughter to Duke Frederick), Stephan Scheck (Charles, wrestler at Duke Frederick's court, and Jaques, a lord attending Duke Senior in exile), Marvin Schwartz (Adam, servant to Oliver and friend to Orlando), and James Wirt (Oliver, Orlando's elder brother).

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About the Company: American Theatre of Actors

The American Theatre of Actors was founded in 1976 by James Jennings, who continues as its President and Artistic Director. It is a repertory theatre company consisting of 50 actors, 20 playwrights and 10 directors. Its purpose is to promote the development of new playwrights, directors and actors and provide them a creative atmosphere in which to work without the pressures of commerical theatre. The plays are dramas and comedies dealing with the social and ethical problems of contemporary society. Over 800 new works have been presented and more than 8000 actors have worked at ATA, including Dennis Quaid, Bruce Willis, Danny Aiello, Dan Lauria, Chazz Palminteri, Kevin O'Connor, Kevin Spacey, William Fichtner and Edie Falco.

Cast: Audrey
Open:   09/06/06
Close:   09/23/06

Wednesday to Saturday at 8:00PM
Theater:   American Theatre Of Actors
Address:   314 West 54th Street
New York, NY 10019
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Jane Bacon Phoebe, a disdainful shepherdess
Jane Bacon graduated from the Fine Arts Program at University of Buffalo. She moved to NYC soon after and has been toiling in unpaid, non-union theater eversince, and keeping busy. She thanks James for the opportunity to perform the wonderful works of Shakespeare!
Charles Baker Corin, a shepherd
Charles Baker recently began studying acting to further a lifelong interest in Shakespeare. His experience now includes Escalus in Measure for Measure, American Theatre of Actors (James Jennings, Director), and a Senator and Gratiano in Othello, produced by the Inner Circle Theater Company at Abingdon Theatre. His training has been at The Michael Howard Studios, at HB Studios, and in voice and speech, with Shane Ann Younts.

Michael Bordwell Dennis, a Lord, and William, a country youth in love with Audrey

Michael Bordwell holds a dual-specialized BFA in Theatrical Performance and Production from Hofstra University. Recent acting credits include several Shakespeare performances for The American Theatre of Actors, such as The Merry WIves of Windsor , Henry VI, Part 1 and Othello.  Other credits include: I Shall Not Be Suede (Manhattan Theatre Source), Confessions (X-Plormentals Theatre Collective) and Reflections of a Heart (SteppingStone Theatre Company).  As a director, he has directed the world premieres of Meny Beriro's The Rubout and Pigeonhole, Tony Fiorentino's My Dinner with Amy and Don Perlman's Ex-Wall Streeter, 35, Likes Cars.  He also serves as the Artistic Director of the NY based WhatFour Productions.  Look for more information at

Ned Cray Duke Senior, the exiled duke
Tim Dudek Touchstone, a court Fool
Tim Dudek last year was seen here at ATA as 'Lavatch' in "All's Well That Ends Well" and 'Sosia' in "Amphitryon." Other plays include "Running with Scissors," "Midsummer's Night Dream," "She Stoops to Conquer" and "Fall From Grace."
William J. Growney Silvius, a young shepherd in love
Bill Growney is not currently in any productions while he pursues other areas of interest. However, should you feel that you would like to work with William, please contact for casting information.
William Greville Duke Frederick, the usurping duke, first page, and Hymen, god of marriage
William Greville is appearing in his 14th classical play at ATA. Earlier Shakespeare parts have included Falstaff in Henry IV, part 2, Cassius in Julius Caesar, Humphrey in Henry VI, part 2, and the title role in Titus Andronicus. Regional theater appearances have included the New Jersey Shakespeare Theatre, the Mill Mountain Theatre in Roanoke, VA, and the Hangar Theatre in Ithaca, NY. Bill has studied acting with Catherine Gaffigan, John Basil and George DiCenzo.
Paul Hansen Le Beau, a courtier at Duke Fredrick's court, and Amiens, a lord attending Duke Senior in exile
Paul Hansen was seen this summer in "King Edward III" and "Measure for Measure;" last summer he was in "Troilus and Cressida," "Hamlet," and "Richard III" here at ATA. He has written music for a number of Shakespeare plays around NYC, and is a graduate of the Mannes College of Music.
Jessica Lynn Jennings Rosalind, daughter to Duke Senior
Ms. Jennings has performed in nearly a dozen Shakespeare productions and a hand full of Greek classics. On the contemporary side she's appeared in numerous NYC off-off B'way productions. She recently finished "Stars in My Eyes" at the Midtown International Theater Festival and RW Stage Art's "Taming of the Shrew" at the Vail-Leavitt Music Hall; favorite rolls: 'Ophelia' in "Hamlet," 'Donna' in "Three-Cornered-Love" (ATA), and 'Alice' in "You Can't Take It with You" (The Martin Theater). Jessica has also done extra work in major motion pictures, "Law and Order," "Law and Order: CI," "The Book of Daniel," and others. She was featured in the "The Village" (Dir. M. Night Shymalan) and indie shorts "Dear Liza," "The Yellow Wallpaper," and "Reconciliation?" She is delighted to be working with this wonderful cast!
Raul Julia, Jr. Orlando, youngest son of Sir Rowland de Boys
Raul Julia, Jr. is a graduate of Skidmore College as a Drama Major. Plays at Skidmore include "Macbeth," "Man with Bags," and "Museum." In NYC he's done "Cage Antarsia" at Here Arts Theatre. He is happy to be doing his first play here at ATA. (SAG)
Katharine Poklemba Celia, Rosalind's cousin, daughter to Duke Frederick
Katherine Poklemba would like to thank James for this most wonderful summer of Shakespeare. After going to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with Western Connecticut State University, she apprenticed at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, then moved to NYC to help form Intouch Theatre Productions. Favorite roles include 'Peter/Mary' in "Zoo Story", 'Sorrel' in "Hay Fever," and 'Purity' in "Anything Goes." She sends love to her family, friends, Jesse and Mr. B.
Stephan Scheck Charles, wrestler at Duke Frederick's court, and Jaques, a lord attending Duke Senior in exile

Stephan Scheck, has appeared in several Shakespeare plays through the last 5 years including the roles of Jacques in "As You Like It", Leonato in "Much Ado About Nothing", and as Hortensio in "Taming Of The Shrew", amongst many others. He recently complerted performing with the "Just Say Yes" Improv troupe that toured the Hamptons circuit and in "The Comedy of Errors" this summer out in Greenport, LI.

Marvin Schwartz Adam, servant to Oliver and friend to Orlando
Marvin Schwartz has acted on stage, television and film. He just finished playing the lead in the serial killer feature, "I Hate You". He can also be seen co-starring as the Vampire Priest in the Lions Gate film "Midnight Mass". He played the lead villain in the science fiction thriller "Mindgame" and was Papa in the Holocaust film "Color of Truth". He won the ATA Jean Dalrymple Best Supporting Actor Award for 2000-2001 for the play "Quality Time". Schwartz is a member of the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Radio and Television Artists.
James Wirt Oliver, Orlando's elder brother
James Wirt last summer played 'Bertram' in "All's Well That Ends Well," 'Horatio' in "Hamlet," and the title role in "Troilus and Cressida" here at ATA. He was in the play "Eagles Over the River" by James Jennings, "The Business Proposal" and "True West." He has been in several indie films and has been seen in "All My Children."