AS YOU LIKE IT
This existential exploration of Shakespeare's As You Like It finds four runaways in the same deserted New York City apartment. In shared isolation, relationships are tested as each character comes face-to-face with their deepest doubts and desires. And while they came all this way to escape, they find their greatest threat is staring back at them in the mirror. A coming-of-age story of loyalty, lunacy and love.
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 Assistant: 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