AS YOU LIKE IT
This psychological exploration of Shakespeare's As You Like It finds four runaways, Rosalind, Celia, Orlando and Jaques, in the same deserted New York City apartment. When Rosalind discovers Orlando has arrived, she devises a plan to test the limits of his love by wooing him under her concealed identity. But her game backfires when his desire turns turn doubt and her love turns to lunacy. Meanwhile, Jaques and Celia come face to face with their deepest doubts and desires as they share one space with two lovers.
WHY AS YOU LIKE IT?
Seeing the light at the end of the tunnel that is the COVID-19 pandemic, I started thinking about who I was over a year ago at the start of shutdown. Am I a different person now? In this past year where simultaneously nothing and everything happened, who would I be as I entered this new normal?
I've always imagined the characters of As You Like It as people on the precipice of becoming who they are inevitably going to be for the rest of their lives. During quarantine, I began to see the Forest of Arden as an arena for involuntary reflection and growth. A place where characters are forced to wrestle with who they think they are because they've been separated from everything they thought they knew.
As I was about to move out of my NYC apartment, where I experienced shutdown and quarantine, I saw this play in this soon to be hollowed out apartment. I mentioned this idea to Marc David Wright, my roommate. That night, we sat at our living room table and started drafting our adaptation. We asked our friends to be part of it. They said yes and I'm very grateful they did.
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AYLI TEAM AND CAST
Directed By: Kendall Cafaro and Marc David Wright
Original Text By: William Shakespeare
Adaptation By: Kendall Cafaro and Marc David Wright
Director of Photography: Marc David Wright
Produced By: Kendall Cafaro and Marc David Wright
Associate Producer: Leigh Honigman
Costume and HMU Design: John Beltre
Thy Executioner HMU and Wardrobe Associate: Primo Davis
Lighting Design: Vittoria Orlando
Thy Executioner Production Design: Vincent Gunn
Lighting Associates: Amara McNeil and Will Rossiter
Sound Mixer: Rachel Suffian and Erica Huang
Assistant Director: Laura Hetherington
Post Production: Anna Michael
Crew: Kayla Otero, Aisha Mitchell, Gabriel Neumann
Rosalind: Kendall Cafaro
Jaques: Marc David Wright
Celia: Madalyn Baker
Orlando: James Wygle
Phoebe: Kayce Wilson
Silvius: Franco Giacomarra