Annapolis Shakespeare Company announces a special Press Night for Shakespeare’s “AS YOU LIKE IT” on Saturday, the 17th at 8:00 p.m. The performance will be followed by a VIP reception at 49 West Coffeehouse and Wine Bar with the Director, Cast and Design Team.
Shakespeare’s “AS YOU LIKE IT”, one of the Bard’s most beloved comedies about flirtation, friendship and mistaken identities, takes a lighthearted look at the fickle and passionate nature of love. Director Sally Boyett sets the production in the 1930s in the Cumberland Gap region of the Appalachian mountains with nostalgic bluegrass music performed by the cast, an ensemble of eight seasoned professional actors. Teresa Spencer and Jonathan Feuer star as Rosalind and Orlando, true lovers who must find their way back to each other in the delightful madness of the forest. Broadway veteran Richard Pilcher plays the ‘Melancholy Jaques’ among other roles.
Sally Boyett (Director) is the Founding Artistic Director of Annapolis Shakespeare Company and a freelance director/choreographer in the DC Metro area. Recent directing credits for ASC include POE, A Tale of Two Cities, The Two Gentleman of Verona, The Servant of Two Masters, Sense and Sensibility, Macbeth, The Schemings of Scapin, Hamlet, Much Ado About Nothing, Tartuffe, Pride and Prejudice, Cymbeline, The Comedy of Errors, Romeo and Juliet, The Taming of the Shrew, As You Like It, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Our Town, Twelfth Night, and Merry Wives of Windsor. Ms. Boyett recently directed & choreographed Unlimited: the Music and Lyrics of Stephen Schwartz and choreographed Sweet Charity for the Catholic University of America, and choreographed A House of Glass for Arena Stage: Kogod Cradle Series. As an actor, Ms. Boyett has performed in professional theatres from regional to Disney, off-off-Broadway, European Tours, Broadway National Tours and Lincoln Center in New York. She has appeared on television specials, numerous commercials, and was featured in the television pilot The Early Days for Nickelodeon Studios. Highlights include originating the role of ‘Patsy’ in Crazy For You with Susan Stroman (First National Tour, First International & First European Tours) and working alongside Kermit the Frog (and his pal, Jim Henson) in a television Christmas special for Disney. Also an accomplished ballerina, she has performed with the Joffrey Workshop, Dallas Ballet, Houston Festival Ballet, Krassovska Ballet Jeuneuse, City Ballet of Houston and was a featured soloist in the New Choreographer’s Workshop at Lincoln Center (School of American Ballet/New York City Ballet). At the age of 16, she was one of the only two students invited to apprentice with the New York City Ballet. Ms. Boyett’s theatre training includes the University of Houston Theatre Department under the direction of Dr. Sydney Berger, founder of the Houston Shakespeare Festival. Ms. Boyett is a master teaching artist with over 25 years experience. She is a guest teacher and lecturer at the Catholic University of America’s musical theatre department in the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music, a guest instructor at St. John’s College and a guest teacher at Baltimore School for the Arts. Ms. Boyett is a member of the Society for Stage Directors and Choreographers, Actor’s Equity Association, and the Shakespeare Theatre Association.
Teresa Spencer (Rosalind) is delighted to be appearing with Annapolis Shakespeare Company as a 2015-16 ResidentActing Company Member. DC Area Credits Include: Taffety Punk (The Tempest, Charm, Bloody Poetry, Titus Andronicus); Faction of Fools (Our Town); Constellation Theatre Co (Absolutely [Perhaps]); Chesapeake Shakespeare Co (As You Like It); STC’s Academy for Classical Acting (Measure for Measure); Maryland Shakespeare Festival (As You Like It, Romeo and Juliet); Lean & Hungry (Romeo and Juliet); Synetic Family Theater (Galactika); Histrio (Tartuffe, Dom Juan, The Bald Soprano). International: Teatro delle Due (The Taming of the Shrew, A Midsummer Night’s Dream). MFA, Academy for Classical Acting.
Jonathan Feuer (Orlando) Annapolis Shakespeare Company debut. Kennedy Center TYA: Flowers Stink; Theater J: The Call; Forum Theatre: Passion Play, The ‘T’ Party, 9 Circles; Shakespeare Theatre Company: As You Like It (William); The Keegan Theatre: A Few Good Men (DC Production & Ireland National Tour); Adventure Theatre MTC: A Little House Christmas (Helen Hayes nomination – Outstanding Production, Theatre for Young Audiences); Quotidian Theatre Company: A Little Trick, Talking Pictures; Imagination Stage (upcoming workshop); The Studio Theatre & Studio 2ndStage; Theater Alliance; Zeitgeist DC; Spooky Action Theater; Field Trip Theatre. TRAINING: MFA, Academy for Classical Acting at GW. UPCOMING: Rep Stage: Antigone Project.
Richard Pilcher (Jacques/Adam/Corin/Duke Frederick) has appeared with ASC in A Tale of Two Cities as Dr. Manette and a variety of other characters, and in Sense and Sensibility as Sir John Middleton. He has performed on Broadway in 13 Rue de L’amour at Circle-in-the-Square (with Louis Jourdan), and off-Broadway in The Show-Off. He has worked locally with the Olney Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre, Baltimore Shakespeare Festival, Studio Theatre, Everyman Theatre, Theatre of the First Amendment, Round House Theatre, the Rep Theatre, and the Washington Stage Guild. He has also acted with resident theatres such as the Hartford Stage Company, McCarter Theatre,Syracuse Stage, St. Louis Repertory, Milwaukee Repertory, and Virginia Museum Theatre. He worked extensively with the Potomac Theatre Project and was nominated for a Helen Hayes Award for his performance in their production of Poster of the Cosmos. Film credits include Tuck Everlasting, The Replacements, Serial Mom, and Sally Pacholok; on television he appeared in The Wire and Veep, and he played the recurring role of Sgt. Deutch on Homicide: Life on the Street. He is the principal acting teacher at the Baltimore School for the Arts and is a certified Alexander Technique teacher.
The production runs Fridays at 8:00 p.m., Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. and Sundays at 3:00 p.m. through Sunday, November 15th. Additional 2:00 p.m. matinees are scheduled for Saturday, November 7th and Saturday, November 14th. Tickets are $25-$40 and may be purchased through ASC’s Box Office at 410-415-3513 or by visitinghttps://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/947974.
Additional performances include a special PAY-WHAT-YOU-CAN PREVIEW for the public on Saturday, October 17th at 2:00 p.m.