Dallas Theater Center, in collaboration with Southern Methodist University’s Meadows School of the Arts and AT&T Performing Arts Center, presents Public Works Dallas’ As You Like It, a groundbreaking community engagement and participatory theater project designed to deliberately blur the line between professional artists and Dallas community members.
Directed and choreographed by Ann Yee, As You Like It will run at the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre. Ticketing information will be released at a later date, but tickets will be free to the public and available at several community locations, by phone and online.
The musical adaptation of As You Like It will feature 200 actors and community members, only five being professional actors. Diane and Hal Brierley Resident Acting Company Members Ace Anderson (Penny Candy, Twelfth Night, Sweat) as Touchstone; Tiffany Solano DeSena (Twelfth Night, A Christmas Carol) as Rosalind; Alex Organ (Twelfth Night, A Christmas Carol, White Rabbit Red Rabbit) as Duke Senior; Tiana Kaye Blair (Penny Candy, Twelfth Night, Steel Magnolias) as Jaques; and Christopher Llewyn Ramirez (Twelfth Night, Sweat, White Rabbit Red Rabbit) as Orlando complete the professional cast. Making up the majority of the cast are community actors, many from Public Works Dallas’ community partner organizations: Bachman Lake Together, City of Dallas Park and Recreation, Jubilee Park and Community Center and Literacy Instruction for Texas. Full casting information and cameo group performances for As You Like It will be announced at a later date.
Written by William Shakespeare, Public Works Dallas’ As You Like It is adapted by Shaina Taub and Laurie Woolery, with music and lyrics by Taub. Named one of The New York Times’ best shows of 2017, As You Like It is an immersive dream-like tale of faithful friends, feuding families and lovers in disguise. Forced from their homes, Orlando, Duke Senior, his daughter Rosalind and niece Celia escape to the Forest of Arden, a fantastical place of transformation, where all are welcomed and embraced. Lost amidst the trees, the refugees find community and acceptance under the stars. Featuring an original folk-pop score by Taub and running 90 minutes long, As You Like It is appropriate for all audiences and groups.