As You Like It
January 25, 2014 - February 16, 2014
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Michael Sexton
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Filled with laughter and music, Shakespeare’s As You Like It is romantic comedy at its most delightful. Journey with us to the Forest of Arden, as cross-dressing heroines and triumphant heroes learn how to embrace their imaginations, let go of their fears—and surrender to romance.
“Appealing performances, beautiful visuals and beguiling music” – The New York Times
“…the play topping your ‘must-see’ list should be AS YOU LIKE IT.” – Examiner
"A Brilliant Performance…A Valentine's gift for area audiences" – BroadwayWorld
“highly accessible…clear, expansive and very funny” - Two River Times
Runtime: 2 hours and 45 minutes, including one 15 minute intermission
Matt Bittner (Lord/Silvius) is from Oregon’s verdant Willamette Valley. Previous regional work includes Mile Square Theatre, Playhouse Theatre Tulsa, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, and Allentown Shakespeare in the Park. He is deeply grateful and overjoyed to be working with Two River. Matt is a recent graduate of Rutgers University’s MFA Acting program. mattbittner.com
Leighton Bryan (Le Beau/Phoebe) made her Two River debut last year as Joanna Lyppiatt in Present Laughter. Broadway: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, u/s Maggie (performed) and Mae. Readings: Rainbow’s Return by Stephen Mo Hanan (as Stockard Channing’s daughter, dir. Chris Hart); work with LCT Directors LAB, McCarter, Shakespeare Society, and TACT. She co-created Death of Kings, a re-cutting of Shakespeare’s history plays (dir. John Adams) in London. Favorite roles include: Beatrice, Much Ado About Nothing; Cassius/Charmian, The Emperor Antony; Beulah, Orpheus Descending; and Alice in the premiere of Tony Kushner’s musical The Henry Box Brown Play (dir. Mark Wing-Davey). Brown University, RADA, NYU Graduate Acting. PLWIW, ly5.
Ben Diskant (Oliver/William) Off-Broadway: Hit The Wall (Barrow Street Theatre), The Cherry Orchard (Classic Stage Company). Regional: Romeo and Juliet (Actors Theatre of Louisville); Noises Off (Alley Theatre); Merrily We Roll Along (Cincinnati Playhouse); The Tempest, Death of a Salesman, King Lear, and The Madness of George III (The Old Globe); Speech and Debate (TheaterWorks, Hartford); The History Boys (Studio Theatre, DC); Anything Goes (Williamstown Theatre Festival). TV: Blue Bloods, One Life to Live, and Guiding Light. Education: Northwestern University; MFA, The Old Globe/USD.
Jacob Fishel (Orlando) returns to Two River after playing the title role of Henry V last season. Broadway: Fiddler on the Roof. Off-Broadway: The Common Pursuit (Roundabout Theatre Company), The Broken Heart (TFANA), Titus Andronicus (The Public Theater), Women Beware Women (Red Bull Theater), Macbeth (NYSF). Television: Cold Case, Medium, Without a Trace, Numb3rs. Film: Things I Cannot Tell, How I Got Lost. Jacob is a graduate of The Juilliard School where he received the John Houseman Prize for Excellence in Classical Theatre.
Duke Frederick/Duke Senior
Philip Goodwin (Duke Frederick/Duke Senior) Broadway: The Diary of Anne Frank, Tartuffe, The School for Scandal. The Public Theater: Cymbeline, Pericles, Macbeth, and as the Fool in King Lear (with Kevin Kline). Theatre for a New Audience: The Broken Heart, Troilus and Cressida, and as Henry VI in Henry VI (Drama Desk Award nomination). Other New York credits include Grace (MCC), Drowning (Signature), The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek (NYTW), Double Falsehood, Richard III (CSC), Celebration (Atlantic). Regional: Artistic Associate at the Shakespeare Theatre Company of Washington DC. Helen Hayes Awards for Malvolio in Twelfth Night, Mayor Stockmann in An Enemy of the People, Timon in Timon of Athens. Studio Theatre: Kenneth Tynan in Tynan, The Puppetmaster of Lodz, The Lisbon Traviata, The Seafarer; Kennedy Center: Passion, Golden Child; Hartford Stage, Guthrie Theater, Cleveland Playhouse, Portland Stage, Intiman Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Contemporary American Theatre Festival, and The Acting Company. Film: The Pink Panther, Pink Panther Two and Diary of a Country Priest.
Miriam A. Hyman
Miriam A. Hyman (Rosalind) is a Philadelphia native and 2012 graduate of Yale School of Drama where she earned her MFA in acting. She was named the 2011 Princess Grace recipient of the George C. Wolfe Award in Theater. Credits include Off Broadway: The Commons of Pensacola (Manhattan Theatre Club), Richard III (Public Theater). Regional: A Raisin in the Sun (PlayMakers Rep); Going Live (Guthrie); The Dreamer Examines His Pillow (Shakespeare & Company); The Persians, Young Lady From Rwanda, Twelfth Night, and Man From Nebraska (People’s Light & Theater); The Big Friendly Giant (Arden); The Story (Philadelphia Theater Co.); Resurrection Blues (The Wilma); Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire, Funnyhouse of a Negro, Antony & Cleopatra, Cymbeline, Tall Girls, Henry VI (Yale School of Drama). She earned a 2013 Best Supporting Performance nod by INDY Week for her performance as Beneatha in A Raisin in the Sun; 2009 and 2007 nominations for the F. Otto Haas Award (Emerging Artist); and a 2006 Barrymore Best Supporting Actress nomination for Man from Nebraska. TV /Film: Hostages, 30 Rock, The Wire, Law & Order, Conviction, Catatonk Blues, SPLiT, Bereavement, Angel Rodriguez, Inclinations, and Music City. Miriam is an alumna of University of the Arts/BFA degree, A Guthrie Experience, BADA Oxford, England, and Shakespeare & Company’s Intensive. Miriam is a proud member of AEA and SAG/AFTRA. www.miriamhyman.com
Geoffrey Owens (Jaques) most recently appeared on Broadway as Prince Escalus in Romeo and Juliet, directed by David Leveaux and starring Orlando Bloom. He last appeared at Two River in Henry V and Opus. Recent credits include Henry in Race (Goodman) and Casca in Julius Caesar (Shakespeare Theatre, Washington, DC). Other credits include Salome (with Al Pacino); Romeo and Juliet (Romeo), As You Like It (Orlando), and Macbeth (Ross) at the Belasco Theatre (director Estelle Parsons, producer Joseph Papp); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Puck), Timon of Athens, Pericles, Richard II at the New York Shakespeare Festival; Arms and the Man (Bluntschli) at Dallas Theater Center; Tartuffe (Valï¿½re) at Hartford Stage; The Misanthrope (Alceste) and Much Ado About Nothing (Don Pedro) at Long Wharf. Television: The Cosby Show, Boston Legal, Medium, Flash Forward, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Journeyman, Las Vegas, The Secret Life of the American Teenager, Built to Last, That’s So Raven, Law & Order, and Law & Order: SVU. Film: The Paper (director Ron Howard), Play the Game (with Andy Griffith), Wilde Salome (director Al Pacino).
Myra Lucretia Taylor
Myra Lucretia Taylor (Adam/Audrey) Broadway: Nine (Tony Award Best Revival 2003), Macbeth, Electra, Chronicle of a Death Foretold, Mule Bone, and A Streetcar Named Desire. Off Broadway: Bethany (world premiere w/America Ferrera); Love, Loss, and What I Wore (Westside Theatre); A Cool Dip in a Barren Saharan Crick, Crazy Mary, Fabulation (world premieres at Playwrights Horizons). National Tours: Wicked (Madame Morrible); Love, Loss, and What I Wore. Regional: Romeo and Juliet (Actors Theatre of Louisville), Mary (world premiere at Goodman Theatre), Going to St. Ives (Barrington Stage), The Old Settler (world premiere at McCarter/Long Wharf), The Colored Museum (world premiere at Crossroads), The American Clock, The Crucible, Vieux Carré, others (Williamstown). International: The Winter’s Tale, Pericles (member of the Royal Shakespeare Company), The Colored Museum (West End). Film: She’s Lost Control (upcoming), Mega Tsunami (BBC), Silver Tongues, The Lives of Pippa Lee, and Changing Lanes. TV: The Big C, all three of the Law & Order series. Myra is a Fox Fellow.
Brendan Titley (Touchstone) previously appeared at Two River in Henry V. Broadway: Macbeth New York: As You Like It, All’s Well That Ends Well, Measure for Measure (NYSF); The Steadfast (Slant Theatre Project); Henry IV, Pt. 1 (Access Theater). Regional: Of Mice and Men (Palm Beach Dramaworks); Troilus & Cressida (Henley Street Theater). TV: Person of Interest, The Good Wife. MFA: NYU Graduate Acting Program.
Celia/Sir Oliver Martext
Sara Topham (Celia/Sir Oliver Martext) is delighted to be making her debut at Two River Theater. Broadway: The Importance of Being Earnest (Gwendolyn) with Roundabout Theatre Company. Regional: Travesties (Cecily), McCarter; The Tempest (Miranda), Hartford Stage; Hedda Gabler (Thea), Hartford Stage, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Titania/Hippolyta), Shakespeare Theatre Company. The Stratford Festival (Canada): favourite roles include: Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Célimène in The Misanthrope, Wendy in Peter Pan, Madame de Tourvel in Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Ruth in Blithe Spirit, Olivia in Twelfth Night, Mabel in An Ideal Husband, Laura in The Glass Menagerie, Cordelia in King Lear, Laurencia in Fuente Ovejuna, Brooke Ashton in Noises Off, Diana in All’s Well That Ends Well, Princess Katherine in Henry V. Also: The Governess in The Turn of the Screw (Belfry Theatre), Constanze in Amadeus (Theatre Aquarius), Maggie in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Neptune Theatre).
J.D. Webster (Charles/Amiens/Corin/Hymen) Broadway: The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, Wonderful Town, Ragtime, Show Boat. Off-Broadway: Two Gentlemen of Verona (NYSF), My Fair Lady (NY Philharmonic), The Jerusalem Syndrome (NYMF) and City Center Encores! (17 shows...and counting!). Regional: Winston in Avenue X (Alliance), Annas in JCS Gospel (Alliance), Sid in The Desert Song (Music Circus), Nicely-Nicely in Guys and Dolls (Alabama Shakespeare), Howard in Finian’s Rainbow (Coconut Grove), Flick in Violet (CT Rep), J.D. in Jam and Spice (Westport Playhouse), and Raymond in the world premiere of An American in Paris (Houston’s Alley Theatre). As a concert artist, J. D. was a featured soloist with the Baltimore Symphony in Bernstein’s Mass at Carnegie Hall and The Kennedy Center (Naxos recording). His other concert credits include appearances at the Virginia Symphony Pops, Joe’s Pub, Birdland Jazz Club, New York Ragtime Orchestra (Japan tour), Spring Is Here (Rodgers Centennial @ Carnegie Hall), and the PBS broadcasts of South Pacific and Ira Gershwin at 100. Last season, J.D. appeared as The Heavenly Friend in the NY Philharmonic production of Carousel, also broadcast on PBS.
Michael Sexton (Director) is the Artistic Director of The Shakespeare Society in NYC. He made his Two River debut last season with Henry V. He recently directed Kelly Masterson’s Edith with Jayne Atkinson and Jack Gilpin at the Berkshire Theater Festival and Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus with Jay O. Sanders at The Public Theater. He has directed New York premieres of plays by Rinne Groff, Will Eno, Marsha Norman, Tony Kushner, Caryl Churchill, Ain Gordon, Rogelio Martinez, Victor Lodato, Phil Porter, Chloe Moss, Marin Gazzaniga, Eric Gamalinda, and Rosemary Moore. His work has been seen at Red Bull Theater, New York Theatre Workshop, MCC Theater, Classic Stage Company, Soho Rep, PS122, The Old Globe, Portland Center Stage, Playmakers Rep, Rising Phoenix Rep, SPF and the Cherry Lane Alternative. For The Shakespeare Society, he has programmed and directed events featuring John Douglas Thompson, Adam Gopnik, Michael Cerveris, Stephen Greenblatt, Martha Plimpton, James Shapiro, Robert Pinsky, F. Murray Abraham, Richard Easton, Trevor Nunn, Denis O’Hare, Kathleen Chalfant, Estelle Parsons, Michael Cumpsty and others. He has been a frequent guest artist at NYU’s Graduate Acting Program, The Juilliard School, and Columbia University, where he has directed the works of Shakespeare, Molière, Ostrovsky, Tirso de Molina, Brian Friel, Stephen Adly Guirgis and Suzan-Lori Parks. He has taught theater and Shakespeare at Princeton University, UNC-Chapel Hill, and NYU. He co-edited with Tim Page Four Plays by Dawn Powell.
Brett J. Banakis
Brett J. Banakis (Scenic Designer) Two River: Debut. Off Broadway: What’s It All About? (New York Theatre Workshop, Co-Design with Christine Jones); Titus Andronicus directed by Michael Sexton (Public Theater); Tamar and the River (Prospect Theater Co.); Happy Birthday, Lovers, Children, and Three Men on a Horse (TACT, The Actor's Company Theater); The Little Death: Vol. 1 (Ontological, Incubator Arts Project). Regional: Oklahoma!, The Lion in Winter, Edith, and A Class Act (Berkshire Theatre Festival); Bashir Lazhar (Barrington Stage); Upcoming: And Baby Makes Seven (New Ohio). As Associate Set Designer: If/Then, The Last Ship, Hands on a Hardbody, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo (Broadway). Awards: Robert L. B. Tobin Director-Designer Showcase of OPERA America; “Young Designer to Watch,” Live Design Magazine. Education: NYU, UCLA
Tilly Grimes (Costume Designer) is a European stage designer currently working between London, Paris, and New York. Awards include the Balsamo Grand for Emerging Immigrant Artists, the Irish Arts Design Award, and Irish Times Theatre Award. American theater: Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Westport Country Playhouse, Trinity Repertory Company, La MaMa, Shakespeare on the Sound, Ars Nova, Clubbed Thumb, New World Stages, HERE Arts Center, New Georges, Cherry Lane Theatre, The Juilliard School, and the Curtis Institute. She previously designed Two River’s productions of Present Laughter and Henry V and is delighted to be back at “team two river.” Tilly is also co-artistic director of London/Parisian Theatre Company ‘SavageCharm’ and teaching artist at Brown University. She received her MFA from NYU Tisch.
Seth Reiser (Lighting Designer) designs for theater, dance, music, and installations across the United States. Recent NYC credits include: Come and Back Again with David Dorfman Dance at BAM and now touring; The Bad Guys at Second Stage; The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs at The Public Theatre; the Obie Award-winning production of The Lily’s Revenge at HERE Arts; Dutch A/V at La MaMa; Reggie Watts and Tommy Smith’s RADIO PLAY at PS 122. Regionally his work has been seen at: Portland Center Stage, Trinity Repertory, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Berkeley Repertory, Seattle Repertory, The Denver Center Theatre Company, On the Boards, The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, Woolly Mammoth, American Repertory Theater, and Playmakers Repertory. Seth received his MFA from NYU/Tisch. He lives in Rochester, NY with his wife Mary and daughter Marion. www.sethreiserdesign.com
Brandon Wolcott (Sound Designer) is returning to Two River after making his debut here last season with Henry V. He has composed music and designed sound for dance and theater at dozens of spaces around NYC and the U.S. He is the resident sound designer for Collaboration Town and The Woodshed Collective. Recently: sound design for Kiss the Air at the Park Avenue Armory with Elizabeth Streb. Original music and sound design for Titus Andronicus at The Public; The Maids with Red Bull Theater; The Tenant, a massive theatrical installation with the Woodshed Collective; an immersive Balm in Gilead at Industry City, directed by Brian Mertes. His music project, Smirk, has performed all over the world, including appearances at Unsound in Krakow, MUTEK in Montreal and the Save Festival in Moscow. Upcoming: release of post-classical music on Clown and Sunset Aesthetics.
Ben Toth (Original Music) is the composer for the musical of Sleepless in Seattle, which recently completed its world premiere at California’s Pasadena Playhouse and is now aiming for a West End bow in late 2014. The National Symphony Orchestra premiered Ben’s setting of Sylvia Plath’s “Mad Girl’s Love Song,” sung by Cheyenne Jackson at the Kennedy Center’s sold-out 2013 New Year’s Eve Gala. This past August, Cheyenne performed this again with the Boston Pops, conducted by Keith Lockhart at Tanglewood, and he’ll give the LA premiere at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in April. Grammy/Tony winner Duncan Sheik, Tony winner John Lloyd Young, and Grammy nominee Jane Monheit have also performed Ben’s music. Ben wrote the songs for a production of Twelfth Night, performed Off-Broadway in 2010 and featured in a New York Public Theater gala honoring multi-Tony Award winner Jack O’Brien. Songs from Ben’s collaboration with Pulitzer Prize winner Paul Muldoon have been showcased as part of the opening concert of the MacDowell Colony’s Centennial Celebration as well as in performances at New York’s Symphony Space. Ben composed the score for writer-director Josh Radnor's Liberal Arts, a feature film starring Radnor, Allison Janney, Oscar nominee Richard Jenkins, and Elizabeth Olsen. The film premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and recently opened in select cities around the world. Ben received a BA from Brown University, and studied composition, voice, piano, and orchestral conducting at the Eastman School of Music. He makes his home in New York and Los Angeles and is repped by Buddy Thomas at ICM Partners.
Sarah Taylor Ellis
Sarah Taylor Ellis (Musical Director) is a composer, music director, and teaching artist based in Ditmas Park, Brooklyn. Sarah is the composer of the musical comedy Intern the Musical (libretto by Julia Robertson), and her family musical Thank You, Mr. Falker (libretto by Andrew Bentz) was presented as part of the 2011 LA Festival of New American Musicals. Her musical adaptation of The Yellow Wallpaper (libretto by Lane Williamson) will be produced by Pallas Theatre Collective in the 2014 DC Capital Fringe Festival. Pallas has also commissioned Ellis and Williamson to write a Jane Austen-inspired musical for the 2016 meeting of the Jane Austen Society of North America. Sarah’s music directing credits include Intersections: The Music of Ellis and Williamson at 54 Below, Indigo Theater Project’s Intimate Apparel at Signature Theatre, and Fellowship! A Musical Parody of the Fellowship of the Ring at Hollywood’s Steve Allen Theater. Sarah is currently a teaching artist in music composition and music direction for Roundabout and Harlem School of the Arts. Her theater criticism and scholarship has been published in Studies in Musical Theatre, L.A. Weekly, and Stage and Cinema. Sarah holds a B.A. in Theater Studies/Music and English from Duke University and a Ph.D. in Theater and Performance Studies from UCLA.
Valerie Gladstone (Wig Designer) made her Two River debut last season designing Hair and Makeup for August Wilson’s Two Trains Running. Other collaborations with director Ruben Santiago-Hudson include The Piano Lesson, Seven Guitars, and The Last Breeze of Summer, all at Signature Theatre. Film credits include The Great Debaters, Black Swan, For Colored Girls, The Wolf of Wall Street, and The Normal Heart. She is the artist/owner of a new company, Brooklyn Dollworks.
Deborah Hecht (Vocal Coach) previously worked at Two River Theater as Vocal Coach on My Wonderful Day and Much Ado About Nothing. Broadway: Cabaret (upcoming), Bridges of Madison County, Hands on a Hard Body, Golden Boy, Venus in Fur, Evita, Spider-Man, Driving Miss Daisy, A Free Man of Color, A Life in the Theatre, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, Finian's Rainbow, The Seagull, Cyrano, Long Day’s Journey into Night, The Crucible, Mary Poppins, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Angels in America, numerous others. Off-Broadway: Lincoln Center (most recently Blood and Gifts), The Public Theater (including many Shakespeare productions in Central Park), Signature Theatre (including the recent Angels in America), Manhattan Theatre Club, New York Theatre Workshop, Vineyard, others. Regional: Yale Rep, Long Wharf, Seattle Rep, Berkeley Rep, many others. England: RSC, National. Film: Leaves of Grass, The Producers, Kinsey, Stardust, others. Faculty: NYU Grad Acting, Juilliard.
J. Steven White
J. Steven White (Fight Director) is pleased to return to Two River (where he made his debut earlier this season with On Borrowed Time) and to be working again with his former colleagues from productions at The Public Theater, where his fight work has been seen in 22 shows including Julius Caesar, The Taming of the Shrew, Macbeth, King Lear, A Language of Their Own, and Cymbeline with Liev Schreiber and Michael C. Hall, whom Mr. White trained at NYU Graduate Acting. Broadway credits include The Pillowman, Bombay Dreams, Uncle Vanya, A View from the Bridge, Golden Child, The Lion in Winter, All My Sons, as well as Shogun: The Musical (Assistant Director). His fights have been seen on the stages of every major New York theater including MTC, CSC, Playwrights Horizons, Roundabout, and the Irish Repertory Theatre. He has worked at McCarter on 6 productions including The Convert most recently. Mr. White spent 11 seasons at American Conservatory Theater, where he began his teaching career 42 years ago. He is on the faculties of the Stella Adler Studio and the Graduate Acting Program at NYU-Tisch. He wants to go on record that he is in love with Red Bank and the Jersey Shore.
Samantha Barrie, CSA
Samantha Barrie, CSA (Casting) is thrilled to be working with Two River Theater. Other casting credits include over 60 productions at The Old Globe including seven seasons of the Summer Shakespeare Festival, and Hartford Stage Company. She is a Casting Society of America Artios Award winner and four-time nominee. Other credits include artistic departments of Roundabout Theatre Company, The Public Theater and National Artists. She is the founder of Frozen Rope Productions, and is currently in development for a play about Toni Stone, the first woman to play professional baseball in the Negro League. She holds a BA in Arts Management and Theatre & Film Production from NYU.
Terri K. Kohler
Production Stage Manager
Terri K. Kohler (Production Stage Manager) New York: Chéri (Signature), The Designated Mourner (The Public/TFANA), In Darfur (The Public), Paris Commune (The Public/BAM Next Wave), The Caucasian Chalk Circle, The School for Lies, The Forest (CSC), Belleville, The Black Eyed (NYTW), We Are Proud...., Orange, Hat & Grace (Soho Rep), In the Footprint (The Civilians), Orpheus X (TFANA), Garden of Earthly Delights (2 Step), Killers and Other Family (Rattlestick), Angel Reapers (The Joyce Theater), Tell the Way (St. Ann’s Warehouse), Don Juan in Prague (BAM). Regional: Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare on the Sound), Wild Swans (American Repertory Theater/The Young Vic), Oedipus, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, La Dispute, The Sound of a Voice (American Repertory Theater), Quixote (Stillpoint Productions), Carmen (Madison Opera), I Just Stopped By to See the Man, God’s Man in Texas (Geffen Playhouse), Moscow: Cherry Tree Towers, The Tender Land, Offenbach!!! (Bard SummerScape), The Tales of Hoffman (New Orleans Opera). Ms. Kohler is a graduate of the UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television.
January 7, 2014 - TWO RIVER THEATER CONTINUES ITS 2013/2014 SEASON WITH SHAKESPEARE’S ROMANTIC COMEDY AS YOU LIKE IT, DIRECTED BY MICHAEL SEXTON, WITH SONGS COMPOSED BY BEN TOTH PERFORMED LIVE BY THE COMPANY