'As You Like It' - The New Victory Theater
Hours: 2pm, 7pm
209 W. 42nd St. - 646-223-3010
Midtown, NY 10036
Description: A great introduction for children who may be unfamiliar with Shakespeare's works, this play is lighthearted and fun, concluding with the message that all humans need love. Performed by New York's The Acting Company and directed by Pig Iron Theatre Company's Dan Rothenberg, the inspiration behind this particular performance comes from the popular children's book "Where The Wild Things Are" by Maurice Sendak. Here's more information from the press release: New York's The Acting Company, a TONY Honors Recipient for Excellence in Theater, brings Shakespeare's lushly lighthearted comedy 'As You Like It' to The New Victory Theater as part of their 40th anniversary season. Directed by Pig Iron Theatre Company's Dan Rothenberg, 'As You Like It' by The Acting Company will make its New York Premiere at The New Victory Theater, 209 West 42nd Street, from March 1-10, 2013. The Acting Company debuted 'As You Like It' at the Guthrie Theater's Dowling Studio from January 12 ? February 3; The Acting Company last performed at The New Victory Theater in 2009 with a staging of Henry V directed by Davis McCallum. For this frolicsome, Jazz Age-styled Shakespearean saga, director Dan Rothenberg counts Maurice Sendak's seminal 1963 children's book, "Where the Wild Things Are," among his inspirations. "Rosalind and her boyfriend Orlando's flight of fancy into exile allows them to visit their wild side. They discover that the Forest of Arden is rendered by a child: messy, whimsical, full of animals personified and humans that are beastly," says Rothenberg. "In Shakespeare's "As You Like It," characters explore various forms of the stages of life ? the natural and the man-made, the selfish and the generous, the frightening and embracing ? reminding us that we are all simply mammals that require the greatest healing of all: love," he adds. Dan Rothenberg's recent New York presentations include Zero Cost House (Under the Radar 2013); Annihilation Point (Berserker Residents, Abrons Art Center 2011) and Enjoy (Play Company, 59E59 2010). As a founding member and co-artistic director of Philadelphia's Pig Iron Theatre Company, he directed the OBIE Award-winning Chekhov Lizardbrain (2007) and Hell Meets Henry Halfway (2004); in addition to many of the company's other productions, including Twelfth Night, or What You Will (2011); Cankerblossom (2010); and Sweet By-and-By (2008). Also joining from Pig Iron are Michael Kiley for Music and Sound Design, Sarah Sanford for Choreography and Matt Saunders for Scenic Design. The remaining creative team includes Michael Chybowski for Lighting Design, Felix Ivanoff for Fight Direction, Terese Wadden for Costume Design and Andrew Wade for Voice and Speech. Devin Brain serves as Staff Repertory Director, Gina Noele Odierno is the Production Stage Manager, and Brandon Curtis is the Assistant Stage Manager. The production features University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater B.F.A. Actor Training Program graduates Megan Bartle (Celia), Buddy Haardt (Oliver), Kelsey Landon (Phoebe), Michael McDonald (Silvius/Le Beau), Noah Putterman (Amiens/William) and Elizabeth Stahlmann (Rosalind). The cast also includes A Guthrie Experience for Actors in Training alumnus Jasmine Bracey (Audrey). Returning with The Acting Company are Ray Chapman (Duke Frederick/Sir Archibald Martext), Joseph Midyett (Orlando) and Chris Thorn (Jacques). The cast is completed by Christopher Michael McFarland (Tourstone), Joseph Tisa (Adam/Corin) and Yaegel T. Welch (Duke Senior/Charles the Wrestler). General Ticket Information Tickets for As You Like It at The New Victory Theater (209 West 42nd Street) cost $25, $18, $12 and $9 for Members and $38, $28, $18 and $14 for Non-members based on seat locations. Theater-goers who buy tickets for three or more New Victory shows in the current season qualify for free Membership benefits, including up to 35-percent savings on tickets all season long. To purchase tickets online, visit NewVictory.org, and to purchase by phone, call 646-223-3010. The New Victory Theater box office (209 West 42nd Street) is open Sunday and Monday from 11am-5pm and Tuesday through Saturday from 12pm-7pm. About Dan Rothenberg Dan Rothenberg is a Philadelphia-based director and creator of experimental performance. A founding member and co-artistic director of the Pig Iron Theatre Company, Dan has directed almost all of Pig Iron's original performance works, including Poet in New York, Gentleman Volunteers, Love Unpunished, Isabella, The Lucia Joyce Cabaret, and the OBIE Award-winning productions Chekhov Lizardbrain and Hell Meets Henry Halfway. Pig Iron has been nominated for over 35 Barrymore Awards for Excellence in Theater in Philadelphia, and the company has toured to theaters and festivals in Europe, South America, and the United States. The company has participated in creative residencies at the Public Theater, Dance Theatre Workshop, La Jolla Playhouse, Drexel University, Playmakers Rep, Swarthmore College, and at Toni Morrison's Atelier Program at Princeton University. In 2010, Dan directed the highly critically acclaimed English-language premiere of Toshiki Okada's Enjoy for Play Company in New York ("?pitch-perfect direction?"). With Pig Iron, Dan co-directed Shut Eye with legendary theater director Joseph Chaikin and in 2005, he directed Pay Up, a 30-person site-specific installation about buying and selling for the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival; it was later presented at Montclair State University. Dan teaches physical theater, both for Pig Iron and at Princeton University. Other projects include creation of audio works to accompany the paintings of Alexandra Grant at MOCA in Los Angeles and ongoing collaborations with Headlong Dance Theatre, the alt-comedy group The Berzerker Residence, and Stockholm's music-performance group Teater Slava. Dan is the recipient of a Barrymore Award for Choreography (1997); a Pew Fellowship in Performance Art (2002); a United States Artists Knight Fellowship (2010); and an Independence Fellowship (2005). In 2011 Dan received a MAP Fund Grant to support Zero Cost House, a new work by Pig Iron in collaboration with Japanese playwright and director Toshiki Okada. Zero Cost House had its premiere in Fall 2012 at the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and was presented as part of the 2013 Under the Radar Festival. About The Acting Company (New York, NY) Founded in 1972 by legendary producer/director/actor John Houseman and current Producing Director, Margot Harley, with members of the first graduating class of Juilliard's Drama Division, The Acting Company has performed 136 productions for over 3 million people in 48 states and 10 foreign countries. The Company has given a generation of actors the opportunity to master their craft. Celebrated alumni include Kevin Kline, Rainn Wilson, Patti LuPone, David Schramm, Jesse L. Martin, David Ogden Stiers, Frances Conroy, Jeffrey Wright, Harriet Harris, Hamish Linklater and Keith David. Promoting theater and literacy by bringing a touring repertory of classical productions and exceptional new works performed by talented young actors and teaching artists into communities across America?particularly those where live performance and theater arts education is limited or non-existent?The Acting Company performs each year in over 40 cities to audiences of 70,000 and reaches more than 30,000 students with its arts education programs. The Acting Company has been honored with numerous awards including the Obie, Audelco, and Los Angeles Critics Circle Awards, and is a TONY Honors Recipient for Excellence in Theater. About The New Victory Theater: Since The New Victory Theater opened its doors in 1995, it has become a cultural rite of passage for young New Yorkers, their families and schoolmates. The New Victory seeks sophisticated, thought-provoking and professional productions that are as artistically rich as they are entertaining, resulting in season after season of multidisciplinary works from around the globe and close to home. The theater's contributions to the cultural landscape of the city were recently celebrated by the prestigious New York critics' organization, The Drama Desk, which presented The New Victory Theater with a 2012 Special Award for "providing enchanting, sophisticated children's theater that appeals to the child in all of us, and for nurturing a love of theater in young people." About The New 42nd Street An independent, nonprofit organization, The New 42nd Street was created to assume long-term responsibility and oversight for seven historic theaters between 42nd Street and 7th and 8th Avenues. The projects of The New 42nd Street include The New Victory Theater, a performing arts theater devoted to kids and families; the New 42nd Street Studios, a state-of-the-art, 10-story performing arts complex for rehearsal, performance and arts administration; and The Duke on 42nd Street, an intimate black-box theater available for rental to both international and domestic nonprofit and commercial organizations to present their work.