AUGUST 2019

WILLAMETTE SHAKESPEARE

AND

PORTLAND ACTORS ENSEMBLE

PRESENT

AS YOU LIKE IT  

 

This site is under construction for the 2019 season. Please check back later.

 

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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PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE 

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.

CAST AND CREW 

To be announced

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.”

ABOUT THE PLAY 

 

2018 VINEYARD PERFORMANCES 

August 3rd, 4th, 5th: Stoller Family Estate

August 10th, 11th, 12th: Montinore Estate

August 17th, 18th, 19th: Willamette Valley Vineyards
 
Fridays and Saturdays at 7 PM. Sundays at 6 PM.
 
 
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 Joannah Ball at joannahball@gmail.com.
 

 

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You can watch a video of another performance of this play by clicking on the link below:

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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.