In Shakespeare's classic tale, exiles fill the Forest of Arden where Duke Senior holds court outside of court. Orlando escapes from his brother's tyranny and Rosalind, to escape her uncle, disguises herself as a man and lives as a shepherd with her cousin Celia in tow. As courtiers try to negotiate their pastoral life with the life of their selves, with crossed-lovers, cross-dressing and, of course love, hilarity ensues. This production, set in France following the Crusades, takes what is generally thought of as a "light and airy" pastoral comedy and suggests a deeper examination of the world that the characters live in and from which they seek to escape. With the backdrop of lush Riverside Park, the production transports the audience to another world.
Cast: James Edward Becton, Chris Behan, Todd Butera, Michael C. Freeland, Leo Giannopoulos, Tyler D. Hall, Max Hambleton, Joe Hamel, Carrie Edel Isaacman, Mark Isler, Chris Johnson, Kelly King, Kristal Lynn Lockyer, Kwasi Osei, William Ramirez, Brian Releford Ii, Joe Crow Ryan, David Douglas Smith, Sydney Stanton, George K. Wells
Thursday - Sunday at 6:30 pm
Theater: North Patio of the Soldiers & Sailor
Address: W 89th Street and Riverside Drive
Carissa Cordes Rosalind
Carissa has most recently been seen onstage as Varya in The Cherry Orchard as part of an MFA directing project at Columbia University. Carissa moved to NYC where she began her studies in experimental theatre 12 years ago. Now she is a classically trained actress who can also improv a modern dance piece, build, hang, stitch, and manage a show. She is currently a Friend of Flux Theatre Ensemble, and some favorite roles from the past include La Madia, Mary Trilogy (Mir); Rosalind, As You Like It; Ariel, The Tempest (both with The Warehouse) Green Eyes, in a cross-gendered Deathwatch (NYCFringe). Other favorite collaborations include performances at the Ontological Theatre with Red Handle in iph.then and Yellow Electras, and Mir's original collaborative viewpoints movement theatre piece How to Be a Doll, and the actress in Octavia Cups' contemporary ballet, Whistle Me Higher. Over the years she has managed to leave her mark at a number of professional regional theatres on the East Coast and in California performing and behind the scenes. She is originally from various points on the west coast, and earned a BFA in theatre from the Experiemental Theatre Wing at New York University. Many thank yous, hugs and kisses go out to friends and family for their love and support.
Next Project(s): 3pm December 9, 2012; Staged Reading of Skinless by Johnna Adams, directed by Heather Cohn, as part of the F*ck!ng Good Plays (festival, III) at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater. Admission is free. For reservations, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and specify which readings you will be attending and the number of seats needed. For more information, call (212) 627-2556.
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