(Syracuse, NY) – Syracuse University’s Drama Department presents the final show of the 2021/2022 season with “As You Like It,” a ravishing new musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic story by Shaina Taub and Laurie Woolery. The production, directed by Rodney Hudson, will perform at the Storch Theater at the Syracuse Stage/SU Drama Complex, 820 E. Genesee St., from April 30 through May 7.
Named as one of the best shows by The New York Times in 2017, “As You Like It” is an immersive fairytale experience that touches on families in conflict and lovers in disguise. Driven from their home, Orlando, Duke Senior, his daughter Rosalind and his niece Celia, escape to the Forest of Arden, a place of fantastic transformation, where all are welcomed and embraced. Lost among the trees, the refugees find community and acceptance under the stars. This show is a celebration of community, unity and diversity.
“This production of ‘As You Like It’ is a declaration of love,” said Rodney Hudson, director. “While it seems that American society has become more tolerant and inclusive of the LGBTQI+ community, government policies have shown that the country needs more growth than some are willing to accept.”
Hudson is passionate about issues of equality in the LGBTQI+ community and connects this story to the current and unjust “parental rights in education” bill. He adds: “As a declaration of love, this production of ‘As You Like It’ examines how we as human beings accept the love that surrounds us and highlights the different forms that love may have. We ask you the question: “Who can love? and invites you to join us on the journey as we find the answer. »
The original story of “As You Like It” is believed to have been written in 1599 and published in the First Folio in 1623. In the summer of 2017, with collaborators Taub and Sonya Tayeh, Woolery made this new musical adaptation of “As You Like It”. It” at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park with 200 New Yorkers as part of the Public Theater’s public works program. Founded by Woolery in 2015, Public Works at The Public Theater is an initiative that seeks to engage New Yorkers by making them creators, not just spectators. Working with partner organizations in the five boroughs, Travaux publics invites members of various communities to join in the creation of ambitious works of participatory theatre.
Covid-19 safety instructions
Masks are mandatory at all times for everyone, regardless of vaccination status, except while eating or drinking in designated areas. Food and drink will not be permitted in the auditorium.
“As You Like It”
A musical adaptation of “As You Like It” by William Shakespeare
Adapted by Shaina Taub and Laurie Woolery
Music and lyrics by Shaina Taub
Friday, April 29, 8 p.m. (preview)
Saturday April 30, 8 p.m. (Opening)
Sunday, May 1, 2 p.m. (ASL interpreted)
Wednesday, May 4, 8 p.m.
Thursday, May 5, 8 p.m.
Friday, May 6, 8 p.m.
Saturday, May 7, 2 p.m. (Subtitled)
Saturday, May 7, 8 p.m.
Sunday May 8, 2 p.m.