As You Like It
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Charles McMahon
March 10 - April 17, 2016
This is the story of Rosalind – Shakespeare's most charismatic and irresistible heroine. Oppressed and exiled from Court under threat of death, she escapes with her cousin into the wild and unpredictable Forest of Arden. Disguised as a boy, she is able to create a world of her own, reveling in her newfound independence. But chance encounters with the love-struck Orlando complicate this new life. Winding through the enchanting thickets of the forest, will true love find its way? Can one desire too much of a good thing? Find out in this wondrous comedy that celebrates redemption, family, and the liberating power of love.
Cast & Production Team
Adam Altman as Oliver/Ensemble • Chris Anthony as Charles/Silvius/Ensemble • Jake Blouch as Orlando/Ensemble • Kirk Wendell Brown as Duke Senior/Duke Frederick/Ensemble • Liz Filios as Rosalind/Ensemble • J Hernandez as Touchstone/Ensemble • Meghan Winch as Phebe/Ensemble • Ruby Wolf as Celia/Ensemble • Frank X as Jaques/Ensemble
Meghan Jones, Production Manager & Scenic Designer • Janus Stefanowicz, Costume Designer • Drew Billiau, Lighting Designer • Michael Hahn, Composer & Sound Designer • J. Alex Cordaro, Fight Director • Liz Nugent, Props Master • Rebecca Smith, Stage Manager
News & Reviews
"A joyous and musical production. Director Charles McMahon's production boasts clarity and charming characterizations from an adept cast... Inspired work from all!" –Broad Street Review
"A true ensemble production." –Edge Media Network
"As You Like It as you've never seen it! Leading the cast is the irresistible Liz Filios, who fluently delivers Rosalind's full range of emotions." –Phindie
"McMahon's lively direction strikes an excellent balance between the play's central themes and the sheer fun of its comedy." –PlayShakespeare.com
"Philly theatre veteran Liz Filios shines as Rosalind!" –DC Metro Theater Arts
"Come to the Lantern to see Shakespeare at its best. You will not leave disappointed." –Beyond My Backyard
"As You Like It showcases charming chemistry and dynamic musical and acting abilities among a cast comprised of both Lantern newcomers and veterans. Combined with excellent acoustics, intuitive lighting, and a few spirited fight scenes, this show is tremendous fun." –PA Theatre Guide
Header Photo: Paul L. Nolan, Sally Mercer, and Charles McMahon in Copenhagen (2018); Charlie DelMarcelle, Anthony Lawton, Jered McLenigan, and Brian Anthony Wilson in The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (2019); Anthony Lawton and Paul L. Nolan in The Craftsman (2017); and Bi Jean Ngo and Peter DeLaurier in The Tempest (2018). Photos by Mark Garvin.
Lantern Theater Company respectfully acknowledges that it is situated on Lenapehoking, the ancestral and spiritual homeland of the Unami Lenape.