AUGUST 2019

WILLAMETTE SHAKESPEARE AND PORTLAND ACTORS ENSEMBLE

PRESENT

AS YOU LIKE IT

  

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 The 2019 production of As You Like It by William Shakespeare opens at Stoller Family Estate on Friday, August 2nd at 7 pm. This will be Willamette Shakespeare's 11th season, and each season has opened at the Stoller venue. This is also the 50th season for Portland Actors Ensemble (PAE). Performances will continue on Saturday, August 3rd at 7 pm and on Sunday, August 4th at 6 pm. The production will move to Montinore Estates in Forest Grove with performances on Friday, August 9th, Saturday, August 10th, and Sunday, August 11th. On Friday, August 16th, the production will open at a new venue in Newberg. Mad Violets Wine Company will host on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, August 16th, 17th, and 18th.

Last year's performances of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) (revised) at Stoller Family Estate set new attendance and donation records. Willamette Shakespeare and Portland Actors Ensemble are grateful for your support.

Return to this site for more details in the future.

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 2019 PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE

Stoller Family Estate

 16161 NE McDougall Road, Dayton, OR 97114

Friday, August 2nd, 7 pm

Saturday, August 3rd, 7 pm

Sunday, August 4th, 6 pm

Montinore Estate

3663 SW Dilley Rd, Forest Grove, OR 97116

Friday, August 9th, 7 pm

Saturday, August 10th, 7 pm

Sunday, August 11th, 6 pm

Mad Violets Wine Company

17429 NE Hillside Dr, Newberg, OR 97132

Friday, August 16th, 7 pm

Saturday, August 17th, 7 pm

Sunday, August 18th, 6 pm

We hope to see you at one or more of the performances. Bring jackets, blankets or chairs, and a picnic, or purchase food at the venues. As always, the events are free and open to the public. No outside alcohol is permitted, but each winery will sell its own wine by the glass or bottle.

ABOUT THE PLAY

Rosalind and her cousin escape into the forest and find Orlando, Rosalind's love. Disguised as a boy shepherd, Rosalind has Orlando woo her under the guise of "curing" him of his love for Rosalind. Rosalind reveals she is a girl and marries Orlando during a group wedding at the end of the play.

Act I

Orlando, the youngest son of the recently-deceased Sir Roland de Boys, is treated harshly by his eldest brother, Oliver. Bitter and angry, Orlando challenges the court wrestler, Charles, to a fight. When Oliver learns of the fight, Oliver tells Charles to injure Orlando if possible. 

Duke Frederick has recently deposed his brother, Duke Senior, as head of the court. But he allowed Senior's daughter, Rosalind, to remain, and she and Celia, the new Duke's daughter, watch the wrestling competition. During the match, Rosalind falls in love with Orlando, who beats Charles. Rosalind gives Orlando a chain to wear; in turn, he is overcome with love. 

Act II

Shortly after, Orlando is warned of his brother's plot against him and seeks refuge in the Forest of Arden. At the same time, and seemingly without cause, Duke Frederick banishes Rosalind. She decides to seek shelter in the Forest of Arden with Celia. They both disguise themselves: Rosalind as the young man Ganymede and Celia as his shepherdess sister Aliena. Touchstone, the court fool, also goes with them. 

Act III 

In the Forest of Arden, the weary cousins happen upon Silvius, a lovesick shepherd. Silvius was in the act of declaring his feelings for Phoebe, a scornful shepherdess. Ganymede buys the lease to the property of an old shepherd who needs someone to manage his estate. Ganymede and Aliena set up home in the forest. Not far away, and unaware of the newcomers, Duke Senior is living a simple outdoor life with his fellow exiled courtiers and huntsmen. Their merriment is interrupted by the arrival of Orlando, who seeks nourishment for himself and his servant. The two men are welcomed by the outlaw courtiers.

Ganymede and Aliena find verses addressed to Rosalind hung on the forest branches by Orlando. Ganymede finds Orlando and proposes to cure Orlando of his love. To do this, Orlando will woo Ganymede as if he were Rosalind (even though "he" really is . . . Rosalind). Orlando consents and visits Ganymede/Rosalind every day for his lessons. In the meantime, the shepherdess Phoebe has fallen for Ganymede while the shepherd Silvius still pursues her.  Furthermore, Touchstone, the court fool, has dazzled a country girl, Audrey, with his courtly manners. Audrey deserts her young suitor, William, for him. 

Act IV 

When Duke Frederick hears Orlando disappeared at the same time as Rosalind and Celia, he orders Oliver to the forest to seek his brother. In the forest, Orlando saves Oliver's life, injuring his arm in the process. Oliver runs into Ganymede and Aliena in the forest and relates this news. Rosalind (disguised as Ganymede) is overcome with her feelings for Orlando. Celia (disguised as Aliena) and Oliver quickly fall in love with one another. Rosalind decides that it is time to end her game with Orlando and devises a plan in which everyone will get married. 

Act V 

As Ganymede, Rosalind promises Phoebe that they will marry, Celia will marry Oliver, Touchstone will marry Audrey, and Orlando will marry Rosalind. She makes Phoebe promise that if they, for some reason, don't get married, Phoebe will marry Silvius instead. On the day of the wedding, and with the help of the god Hymen, Rosalind reappears in her female clothes. Duke Senior gives her away to Orlando, while Phoebe accepts Silvius. Orlando's other older brother returns from college with the news that Celia's father, Duke Ferdinand, has left court to become a hermit. Thus, everyone is happy (except maybe Phoebe, who marries someone she doesn't love and Silvius, who marries someone who doesn't love him). The play ends with a joyful dance to celebrate the four marriages.

DIRECTOR

Sara Fay Goldman will direct As You Like It. Under Sara's direction the audience is in for a treat. The setting may seem familiar. Fluidity and shifts in dress and gender may be a theme. Watch for mimicry of the traditional theatrical forms of Shakespeare's day, one of Shakespeare's theme. There might be a feminist twist. See if you can identify the music and spot the visual puns. Expect the unexpected.

As Sarah said, this production should be a good time and leave us with a sense of hope for building compassionate, inclusive communities. The play is all about love, after all.

CAST AND CREW

To be announced

 

REQUEST FOR VOLUNTEERS

We need volunteers for the vineyard performances to help direct parking, hand out programs, direct people to their seats, sell tickets for the drawing, and help anyone who has a question. To volunteer please contact us by clicking on this link: Willamette Shakespeare.
 

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You can watch a video of another performance of this play by clicking on the link below, although the characters in this version are a bit wooden or, maybe, plastic:

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Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to help us keep classical theatre free in the Willamette Valley. Donations can be matched to the Oregon Cultural Trust for a tax credit.

 

 Special highlight:

Paul Susi, Artistic Director
Portland Actors Ensemble

Paul Susi is an educator, activist, arts administrator, and a performing artist. Paul has worked as a youth counselor and an educator at several Portland nonprofit organizations serving homeless, recovering, post-incarcerated, and adjudicated populations. He has appeared onstage with Boom Arts, Profile Theater, Shaking the Tree, Push Leg, Anon It Moves, String House Productions, Action/Adventure Theater, Los Portenos, Cerimon House, Northwest Children’s Theater, Working Theatre Collective, Contagious Theater, defunkt, Milagro Teatro, Hand2Mouth Theatre, and The Forgery. Paul has appeared regionally and internationally with Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Vermont Stage Company, Island Stage Left, and Poland’s Stacja Szamocin. He has worked on several projects supported by the Regional Arts and Culture Council. Most recently, Paul co-founded The Color of Now, a live discussion series focusing on race and privilege in Portland, and served as Lead Shelter Host and shift supervisor for the innovative Peace Shelter, supervising 4 staff and 100 self-identified men experiencing homelessness in downtown Portland.

The Board of Directors of PAE were pleased to announce that Paul Susi, who had been serving as Interim Artistic Director, accepted an offer to serve as Artistic Director of Portland Actors Ensemble. Paul’s vision for his respect of the history of this company will see PAE well into its 50th season, and beyond.  Paul, who is an accomplished artist and vital voice for the arts in the Portland community, was recently recognized for his extensive contributions by the Regional Arts & Culture Council. Please click the link below for a glimpse of Paul’s vision and some of the other theater honorees:

https://youtu.be/SZwlx_tyZnY

In addition to his artistic contributions, Paul has many other passions and projects that make his voice vital in our community and an excellent match for PAE. Paul is a tireless advocate for the houseless and the marginalized through his involvement in the Transition Project and Street Books. His leadership in the Oregon Humanities Conversation Project invites us to engage in deeper conversations as community members about important topics such as education, home, and diversity.

In Paul’s own words: 

“PAE/Shakespeare in the Parks has long been many things to this community. For many audiences, we’ve offered them their first experiences with live theater and with Shakespeare. For many actors and artists, we’ve been important milestones in their careers and ambitions. Above all, we’ve been a living commitment to free and equal access to our common cultural heritage, no matter how privileged or marginalized you may be, and this continues to be the keystone of our mission in this vibrant, glorious community.

“I am so proud and honored to lead this fantastic organization, particularly as our community continues to experience profound change and growth. As an artist of color, a native Portlander and as someone who cares deeply about Shakespeare, I’m so, so excited for the opportunity to promote a broader, unexpected vision of these works, and to highlight how they speak to our turbulent now. When so many other companies have diminished or disappeared altogether, free, “poor” theaters have endured beyond anyone’s expectations. We are resolved to build on this generous heritage, and to pursue greater rigor, excellence, professionalism, and daring innovation, than ever before.

“I strongly encourage anyone who’s ever felt left behind or silenced to join us in fulfilling this mission. We welcome all of our devoted, loyal audiences, and all of you newly discovering outdoor theater. To paraphrase a little-known poet, our love for you is as boundless as the sea, and as deep. The more we give to you, the more we have, for both are infinite.”