University Theatre breathes new life into Shakespeare’s ‘As You Like It’

As You Like It

University Theatre presents “As You Like It” written by William Shakespeare. The production is directed by Kathleen McKinley and runs Dec. 6 – 14, 2019 in the John Wright Theatre in the Speech Arts building at Fresno State. 

Tickets are $17 general; $15 for Fresno State faculty, staff, alumni and military; and $10 for students. Children under 5 not admitted. Box office hours are noon to 4 p.m. on weekdays and one hour before each performance. Parking is free for shows on Friday through Sunday night. For shows on Tuesday through Thursday night, parking permits are required and can be purchased at dispensers in parking lots on campus.

Shakespeare’s sparkling comedy of betrayal, courtship, lust, and mistaken identity. Updated to a modern time-period, old and young flee an erratic tyrant to dwell as happy exiles amid the welcoming “country copulatives” of a secluded forest. The daring Rosalind, unjustly banished, casts off societal constraints and unexpectedly finds truest love in this gender-bending romance.

The production updates the time period to present day and reimagines Duke Frederick as the owner of a luxury gym, making him a modern strong-man who must display his masculinity for all to see. The forest of Arden has been reconceived as the Redwood Forests of Humboldt County and its residents as modern-day, music-loving, herb-farming, hippies. 

Featuring live on-stage musicians, dancing, and a bit of theatre magic this updated production of “As You Like It” is sure to bring some joy to audiences this holiday season. 

The cast includes Sara Marie Adam, Brooke Aiello, Diego Barba, David Boutros, Cecilia Cantu, Dominic Chapa, Sunshine DeCastro, Nicolas Cherry, Krishan Joshi, Teya Juarez, Cassidy LeClair, Alexis Elisa Macedo, Ethan Magill, Kenia Morales, Dylan Mark Murphy, Tyler Murphy, Tatiana Olguin, Erik David Olson, Evangelia Pappas, R.L. Preheim, Rodolfo Robles Cruz, Anthony teNyenhuis, Andrew Trevino, and Jenna Valencia. 

December 6 – 7 & December 10 – 14 performances begin at 7:30 p.m. December 8 performance begins at 2:00 p.m. Latecomers will be seated at the House Manager’s discretion.

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The College of Arts and Humanities provides a diverse student population with the communication skills, humanistic values and cultural awareness that form the foundation of scholarship. The college offers intellectual and artistic programs that engage students and faculty and the community in collaboration, dialog and discovery. These programs help preserve, illuminate and nourish the arts and humanities for the campus and for the wider community.

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