As You Like It

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As You Like It

By William Shakespeare

Directed by David M. Jenkins

Jan. 13 – Feb. 5, 2017

Thu. – Sat. 8pm, Sun. 4pm

Tickets: $28

Preview Performances: Jan. 11 – 12 | Wed. – Thr. 8pm | Tickets: $14

Shimberg Playhouse, Straz Center for the Performing Arts

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Featuring some of the most famous lines penned in the English language like Jaques’ iconic “All the world’s a stage” speech, As You Like It subverts the traditional rules of romance. Gender roles, nature, and politics all become a muddle in a clever and astute comedy that reflects on how bewildering yet utterly pleasurable life can be.

The Story

Emily Belvo and Derrick Phillips in Jobsite's As You Like It. (Photo by Pritchard Photography.)When the Duchess Frederick (Becca McCoy) banishes her daughter Celia (Lauren Field) and the fair Rosalind (Emily Belvo) from court, they take to the woods in disguise. The honorable Orlando (Derrick Phillips) is also there hiding from his brother Oliver (Jordan Foote). Though they have already fallen for one another prior to coming to the forest through a chance meeting at a wrestling match, Rosalind hides behind the disguise of a young boy she calls Ganymede, who coaches Orlando how to win Rosalind’s love.

The exiles encounter a motley crew including the cynical Jaques (Shawn Paonessa), Touchstone the fool (Roxanne Fay), her lusty love Audrey (Katrina Stevenson), the soulful balladeer Amiens (Spencer Meyers), a trio of colorful locals (Alvin Jenkins, Michael C. McGreevy, Jessy Quinones), and Rosalind’s mother, who was banished long ago by her jealous sister (also played by McCoy).

As You Like It is perhaps Shakespeare’s sunniest comedy: a celebration of courtship, play-acting, and the natural world of seasons and change. The “winter and rough weather” of Arden breaks, true love and justice triumph, and the play ends in wedding bells and dancing.

About

(L-R) Lauren Field and Roxanne Fay in Jobsite's As You Like It. (Photo by Pritchard Photography.)Jobsite has been producing Shakespeare in one form or another since 2001, including their acclaimed productions of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged), Titus Andronicus, their original rock musical rendering of Pericles, and most recently Twelfth Night set in 1926 Ybor City.

As You Like it will be set in modern day Tampa, a choice that director David M. Jenkins hopes will “help folks more immediately grab onto the relevancy of this story. The characters are all coming out of these relatively dark spaces, painful spaces be that heart-sick love or jealousy or just good ol’ fashioned nihilism. Brothers and sisters are doing wrong to one another, there’s injustice and arguments over who can better lead.”

Audiences should expect Shakespeare’s language (though in a more compact presentation – approximately 30 minutes have been cut), but the sights and sounds clearly place the action of the play in here and now.

Music

Jobsite has partnered with Tampa-based record label New Granada Records on the soundtrack, using tunes (some previously unreleased, some composed specifically for the show) from acts like Atlantic Oceans, Permanent Makeup, DieAlps!, and King of Spain among others.

Please Note

Latecomers will be held in the lobby for the first 10 minutes of the show. Arrive early and enjoy some of the soundtrack from New Granada Records!

Community Foundation of Tampa BayOur production of As You Like It and the affiliated outreach initiatives are made possible by a generous grant from the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay.

Show Times

Thu., Jan. 19, 2017
  • As You Like It
    8:00 PMShimberg Playhouse, Straz Center

Fri., Jan. 20, 2017
  • As You Like It
    8:00 PMShimberg Playhouse, Straz Center

Sat., Jan. 21, 2017
  • As You Like It
    8:00 PMShimberg Playhouse, Straz Center

Sun., Jan. 22, 2017
  • As You Like It
    4:00 PMShimberg Playhouse, Straz Center

Discounts and Deals

A mini-season ticket for the remaining 2016–17 season is on sale now. Save 20% off the price of individual tickets with fees folded in: $93.60 – less than $24 per person per person per show. Season ticket holders save a ton on ticket fees, enjoy free exchanges all year long, and they also get into all Job-side Projects for free.

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Opening Night Party

We’re thankful for the support of The Refinery, gracious hosts of our opening night party. Unlike the parties in 2016, this first party will be limited to the cast and crew, their guests, and Jobsite Rock Stars.

Cast & Crew

  • David M. Jenkins – Director
  • Matthew Ray – Assistant Director

Cast

  • Emily Belvo – Rosalind
  • Roxanne Fay – Touchstone
  • Lauren Field – Celia
  • Jordan Foote – Oliver/William
  • Alvin Jenkins – Corin, et al.
  • Becca McCoy – Duke Senior/Duke Frederick
  • Michael C. McGreevy – Charles/Sylvius
  • Spencer Meyers – Amiens, et al.
  • Shawn Paonessa – Jaques
  • Derrick Phillips – Orlando
  • Jessy Quinones – Phoebe, et al.
  • Katrina Stevenson – Audrey, et al.
  • Madison Flynn – Acting Apprentice
  • Thomas Morgan – Acting Apprentice
  • Vivian Rodriguez – Stage Manager

Crew

  • Giles Davies – Dramaturge & Outreach Teaching Artist
  • Dan Granke – Fight Choreographer
  • Brittany Reuther – Costume Designer
  • Brian M. Smallheer – Lighting and Scenic Designer

Patron Reviews

Via Facebook

No one makes Shakespeare as fun or relevant as Josite Theater. “As You Like It” is a delicious romp with great performances, wonderful music and, unexpectedly, a girrrl power message. Powerful women deserve love too! Who knew old Bill was such a feminist? – Clare Ward-Jenkins

I’ve been trying to get down from Jacksonville to a Jobsite production for literally years now. I’m so glad I finally made it and that my first show was As You Like It. It was nothing less than stellar. There just aren’t enough words to describe how much we enjoyed it. We laughed raucously. I’m fortunate enough to know someone in the cast, so I had the pleasure of joining in the opening night after party. All I wanted to do was fangirl and fawn over each and every one of these incredible actors and tell them how amazing they were/are. And the director as well. But I was overcome with shyness/awkwardness and said nothing. Superb! Bravo! Please, do yourselves a favor and catch this while you can!! – Tonya Woolard

Just got back from the Jobsite Theater production of Shakespeare’s “As You Like It”. Lots of fun, confusion and terrific performances by: Becca McCoy, Lauren Field, Roxanne Fay, Shawn Paonessa, and more! Good job, David Jenkins! – Hal Freedman

Jobsite Theater great performance tonight! Have never been disappointed with any of the shows we’ve seen! – Bonita Axley

… this WHOLE show is just fantastic … exciting, amusing, fun … We LOVED it and will be back to see you all again!!! – Sue Belvo

We truly enjoyed the show so much! It was excellent! Terrific acting and the Tampa elements helped make it so unique. – Lorinda Gamson

Via Twitter

@jobsitetheater‘s As You Like It is electric. Ridiculously good performances from our area’s best actors. Don’t miss it. – @BubbaProg

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