Shakespeare on the Sound makes a triumphant return to Rowayton’s Pinkney Park on Thursday evening with their provocative rendition of the Bard’s pastoral comedy, “As You Like It”. The story follows the adventures of its herone, Rosalind, played by Katie Wieland, through the Forest of Arden where she has the opportunity to re-define who she is and eventually finds love with the handsome Orlando (Christopher Ghaffari). The play features several of Shakespeare’s oft-quotes lines, “All the world’s a stage” and is believed to be the origin of the phrase, “too much of a good thing”. We will not get too much of this classic though, as the play only runs from June 13 to June 30 (except Mondays).
This year, the play is directed by Claire Shannon Kelly, a New Canaan resident, who has had considerable experience at nationally recognized theaters such as, the Ordway Theater and the Guthrie Theater in Minnesota, the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey and the George Street Playhouse in Washington, D.C. For the past several seasons, she has been involved with Shakespeare on the Sound, first developing their youth programming and later developing the theater’s anti-bullying program, Speaking Daggers.
Kelly confided to us that “As You Like It” is her favorite play, which makes her Shakespeare on the Sound directorial debut even sweeter. “It’s exciting to have the opportunity to direct this play. I feel as though I’ve been given a gift,” she says. Based on her enthusiasm and experience, you can bet that you’ll be hearing a lot more from Kelly!
Although one might think that Shakespeare appeals only to adults, children are invited to explore the Elizabethan world through performances geared toward young audiences – at 6:00PM there is a short (25 minute) play that introduces the characters and explores the themes of the play in a very approachable and inventive way. This performance takes place right on the main stage. There are also games and activities for children at the Education and Activity Tent. Mask and star making craft activities as well as mazes, maps, puzzles, and interactive theater games keep little ones engaged. This truly is a family experience.
Performances begin at 7:30 sharp, but be sure to arrive early to snag a good seat! Arrive early and bring a picnic dinner (wine is welcome!) or purchase snacks on-site from local favorite Brennans 101, who has a concession at the event. Rowayton Pizza also does a bang-up job of providing snacks. If you’re in the mood for more elegant fare, Sails or Rowayton Seafood are within walking distance of the park.
We guarantee, the evening will be, “As You Like It”.
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