Studio 58, the nationally renowned professional theatre training program at Langara College, opens the 52nd season with As You Like It, directed by Michael Scholar Jr. Our production is a refugee story, a tale of people fleeing tyranny for the uncertain sanctuary of the unpopulated natural world. It is also a love story in which Rosalind falls in love with Orlando at a wrestling match. As the daughter of a banished duke, she must escape or be executed. Joined by her cousin Celia and the jester Touchstone, she disguises herself and they escape to the forest of Arden. In exile, Shakespeare’s characters redefine themselves and make a new life.
One of Shakespeare’s great comedies with some of his most loved characters, As You Like It flips the traditional rules of romance. Gender roles, nature and politics run amok in a play that reflects on how confounding yet undeniably pleasurable life can be.
Join us in the Forest of Arden where love and music reign!
The exciting creative team includes Director Michael Scholar Jr. (ILSA, Queen of the Nazi Love Camp, I Love You You’re Perfect Now Change, Fat Pig), Set Designer Lauchlin Johnston (The Pipeline Project, The Flick), Costume Designer Mara Gottler (The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Shylock), Composer & Musical Director Corinne Kessel (The Black Rider, Hard Core Logo: Live), Lighting Designer John Webber (Onegin, Marriage of Figaro), fight choreographer David Bloom (King Lear, Hamlet, Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet) with Conor Stinson-O’Gorman, choreographer Kathleen McDonagh, Dramaturge Sindy Angel and Assistant Director Alex Kirkpatrick.
Previews & FREE Student Nights September 28 & 29; Opens September 30.