As You Like It

by William Shakespeare
adapted by Gavin Witt
North Park University | Fall 2016

About This Production

Gavin Witt's agile, alive adaptation of this text was alarming relevant during the turbulent fall of 2016. From the possibility of the Cubs' historic World Series win, to the evidence all through our election cycle that gender and expectations remain inextricably linked, I was grateful to have such an eager, game, and intelligent pack of collaborators with whom to explore this play. 

The play was restructured so that when we go into the forest we stay there, rather than hopping between court and forest as in the original. This gave us the opportunity to radically transform the space when we ran away to Arden. The black duvateen curtains that had encased the audience in the three-quarter thrust configuration dropped. The red court curtain fell away. A delicate snow-covered forest was revealed, and audience members on two sides were asked to move to a newly revealed seating area (their seats were about to become playing space. In a play so much about shifts of perception, working with this crack professional design team to find a way to literally change the perspective of the audience in the middle of the first act was essential. At intermission, as the play moves from winter to spring, we added green grass-like carpets and more color to the world as it continued to thaw from a place ruled by fear to one driven by love and possibility.

photos by Brandon Wardell

FEATURING
​Annamarie Giordano
Berit Godo
Bernadette Hagen
Blaine Curry
Carri Stevens
Cecilie Dyrstad Krie
Cedar Larson
Christiane Schaldemose
Ethan Rincon
Kamren Smith
Mara Franzen
Pia Mueller
Rachel Ford
Raymond Hutchinson
Scott Wagner
Tyler Skafgaard
Yae Lin Hong

COLLABORATIVE TEAM

Dramaturg: Zev Valancy

Scenic Designer: Brandon Wardell

Costume Designer: Jessica Kuehnau  Wardell

Lighting Designer: Emma Deane

Props Designer: Archer Curry

Composer & Sound Designer: Michael Huey

Violence Design: Victor Bayona & Richard Gilbert

Stage Manager: Taylor Erexson

Assistant Stage Manager: Contessa Elhers

Company & Wardrobe Manager: Carri Stevens

Master Electrician: Cedar Larson

​Technical Director: Samantha Rausch

Student Technical Director: Annamarie Giordano

Marketing Director: Kamren Smith

Production Manager: Chad Eric Bergman 

Assistant Production Manager: Hannah Harper Smith