As You Like It
"Their escape from tyranny and injustice takes them on a journey into a green world where the characters find spiritual healing and love. Living a more simple life helps them to shed the trappings of their former selves, to peel away the emotional layers that had disguised them from themselves, figuratively and literally.”
- Rinda Frye
UofL Theatre goes back to nature in ‘As You Like It’
Renegades and despots are transformed through the power of love.
William Shakespeare’s As You Like It takes on a backdrop of the 1960s in the upcoming University of Louisville’s Department of Theatre Arts production.
Shakespeare’s pastoral comedy will be performed Nov. 18-22 at 8:00 PM nightly plus a 3:00 PM matinee on Nov. 22.
All performances will take place at the Thrust Theatre at 2314 South Floyd Street.
Directed by Rinda Frye, associate professor and the director of graduate theatre program, the play’s characters discover their “real” selves while in disguise under the canopy of the forest.
Frye found that the story and music of the play suggested that Shakespeare’s characters were “hippies” centuries ahead of their time.
The Thrust Theatre is located in the HPES/Studio Arts building on the corner of Warnock and Floyd Streets, diagonally across from McDonald’s. Free parking is available in university lots located along Floyd after 7:30 PM weekdays and all day on weekends.
Individual show tickets are $12 for the general public, $10 for faculty and staff, and $8 for students and senior citizens. For tickets and information, call 502-852-6814 or visit http://louisville.edu/a-s/ta/.
Orlando Jared White
Adam Obadiah Ewing-Roush
Oliver Michael K. Mayes
Denise (servant) Blair Boyd
Charles the Wrestler Cory Burks
Rosalind Tiffany LaVoie
Celia Elizabeth Tantanella
Touchstone Evan Williams
Le Beau Triza Cox
Duke Freda Amy Cotterill
Lords of the Court, Lords of the Forest, and Singers
Duke Senior Conrad Newman
Amiens Jacqueline Thompson
Jacques Will Salmons
Corin Gary Lynn Brice
Silvius Colby Ballowe
Phebe Deanna Gillispie
Audrey Magnolia Hensley
William Amos Dreisbach
Musicians Scott Whitehouse
Director Rinda Frye
Scenic Design Russel Willoughby
Costume Design Zhanna Goldentul
Lighting Design Michael Hottois
Sound Design/Composers John Aurelius & Scott Whitehouse
Assistant Director Rocky Vanderford
Stage Manager Maigan Wallace
Assistant Stage Managers Amanda Barich, Kendra Potts
Fight Choreographer: Barrett Cooper
Setting: American city and country
There will be one 15 Minute Intermission
Fight Captain: Conrad Newman
Technical Director: Garry Brown
Associate Technical Director/ Scene Shop Foreman: Charles A. Nasby
Scenic Construction: Maria Allgeier, Patrick Bayne, Katie Blackburn, Kelly Bunch, Drew Cash, Aaron Dickerson, Zachary Gilbert, Eric Goldschmidt, Otis Harrison, Magnolia Hensley, Connor McGinnis, Danielle Zachery, TA 240 Stagecraft I
Set Crew: Courtney French
Production Buyer: Amy Cotterill
Costume Shop Manager: Melissa Shepherd
Design Assistants: Jessi Eichberger, Amanda Haas
Make-up Artist: Dawn Isaac
Costume Construction: Kelly Bunch, Kate Foley, Magnolia Hensley, Ebony Jordan, Christine Leidner, Frances Lewis, Kendra Potts
Wardrobe Master: Frances Lewis
Wardrobe Crew: Jennifer Thompson, Keri Travelstead
Properties Manager: Maigan Wallace
Properties Crew: Dana Hope, Brandon Muncy
Master Electricians: Ashley Beck, Nick Potter
Lighting Operators: Justin Collins, Brandon Schaefer
Lighting Crew: TA 349 Intro to Stage Lighting
Sound Engineer: James Isaac
Sound Crew: Nick Phillips
Box Office Manager: Melanie Henry
House Manager: Nick Potter
Acknowledgments: Phoenix Lighting and Sound, Barrett Cooper, TA 240 Stagecraft I, Lisetta Kenney, Dawn Isaac
John Aurelius (Musician), Georgetown, KY, is a senior Music major. Previous productions at UofL include Musician in Hamlet and Sailor in the UofL Opera production of Dido and Aeneas.
Colby Ballowe (Silvius), Paducah, KY, is a senior Humanities major. Previous productions at UofL include Rosencrantz in Hamlet. Past credits elsewhere include Billy in On Golden Pond, The Velveteen Rabbit in The Velveteen Rabbit, and Two-Bit in The Outsiders for the Market House Theatre. He was also a performer in the Market House Theatre Youth Comedy/Improv Troupe in Paducah, KY.
Blair Boyd (Dennis/Denise), LaGrange, KY, is a freshman Theatre Arts major. This is her debut performance at UofL. Past credits elsewhere include Francis in Light up the Sky at Little Colonel Playhouse, Grace in Working, Amanda in The Glass Menagerie, and Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Oldham County High School.
Gary Brice (Corrin), Alton, IL, is a first-year MFA student in Performance. This is his debut production at UofL. Past credits elsewhere include George Armstrong in Intimate Apparel, Newt Lee in Parade, and Porter in Portrait of a Madonna at Western Illinois University, and Crooks in Of Mice and Men at the Shawnee Theatre.
Cory Burks (Charles the Wrestler), Mt. Washington, KY, is a sophomore Theatre Arts major. This is his debut production at UofL. Past credits elsewhere include Amos Hart in Chicago for Classic Melodies, Carl in The Breakfast Club at the Kentucky Center, The Beast in Beauty and the Beast with Light up Louisville, and Aaron in No Way Out at Bullitt East High School.
Amy Cotterill (Freddie/Hymen), Monticello, KY, is a third-year MFA student in Performance. Previous productions at UofL include Woman #3 in Metamorphoses, Tamora in Titus Andronicus, Hannah/Rabbi/Ethel Rosenberg in Angels in America Part 1: Millennium Approaches, Ruth in Blithe Spirit and Mary Speed in Lincoln in Louisville. She was the writer/director of Lucy Divine and Reflections of the Past, Window to the Future for St. Matthews Baptist Church, and has also been a volunteer writer for Habitat for Humanity. This is her thesis performance.
Triza Cox (LaBeau), Marion, SC, is a first-year MFA student in Performance. This is her debut production at UofL. Past credits elsewhere include One Woman Show in Lookin’ for Love and Featured Artist in Black Nativity in Florence SC, Little Fresh in Not My Father and Maxine in The Truth about Chains, both for the National Black Theatre Festival.
Amos Dreisbach (William), Louisville, KY, is a freshman Theatre Arts major. This is his debut production.
Obadiah Ewing-Roush (Adam), Nashville, TN, is a second-year MFA student in Performance and a member of the UofL Repertory Company. Previous productions at UofL include Abe Lincoln/Simon Legree in Abe Lincoln and Uncle Tom in the Whitehouse, and Polonius in Hamlet. Past credits elsewhere include Abolitionist/Overseer in Voice of the Fugitive in Louisville, KY, Matt in Talley’s Folly, and Arthur in Love! Valor! Compassion!, both in Nashville, TN. In summer 2009, he presented a paper at the National Black Theatre Festival on Glenda Dickerson and Emancipation Theatre.
Sallie (Sara) Gardner (Musician), Louisville, KY, is a freshman Theatre Arts major. This is her debut production at UofL. Past credits elsewhere include Bielke in Fiddler on the Roof, Alice Sycamore in You Can’t Take It with You, and Lola in Damn Yankees at Wheeling Park High School in Wheeling, WV. She also took singing lessons for two years with David Yunke.
Deanna Gillispie (Phebe), Louisville, KY, is a sophomore Theatre Arts major. This is her debut production at UofL. Past credits elsewhere include Liza in 7 Brides for 7 Brothers and Cheerleader in Pompadours & Poodleskirts at Atherton High School, and Cook in A Rented Christmas at the King’s Academy in Marion, IN. She has been dancing for the past nine years, four of which were spent on the Atherton High School Dance Team.
Magnolia Hensley (Audrey), Louisville, KY, is a sophomore double majoring in Theatre Arts and Psychology. Previous productions at UofL include The Vagina Monologues for PEACC. Past credits elsewhere include Madame Arcati in Blithe Spirit at Walden Theatre and Renfield in Dracula at Walden School.
Meredith Johnson (Court Lady), Wilder, KY, is a sophomore Theatre Arts major. Previous productions at UofL include Girl in Veronica’s Room (Studio Theatre). Past credits elsewhere include Hope Harcourt in Anything Goes!, Gwendolen Fairfax in The Importance of Being Earnest, Catherine Stockmann in An Enemy of the People, and Tzeitel in Fiddler on the Roof, all at Campbell County High School. She was also the lighting technician for A Christmas Carol at Campbell County High School.
Tiffany LaVoie (Rosalind), East Tawas, MI, is a third-year MFA student in Performance. She earned her BA in Theatre Performance at Western Michigan University. Previous productions at UofL include Mary Todd Lincoln/Ophelia in Abe Lincoln and Uncle Tom in the Whitehouse, Jessica in The Story, Gymnasia in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, and Angel/Man in Park in Angels in America, Part 1, Millennium Approaches. Past credits elsewhere include Lady Macbeth in Macbeth, Portia in Julius Caesar, and The Nurse in Romeo & Juliet at Kentucky Shakespeare Festival, and Beatrice in Much Ado about Nothing at the Long Island Shakespeare Festival. This is her thesis performance.
Kyle Layman (Sir Oliver Martext), Louisville, KY, is a sophomore double majoring in Theatre Arts and Marketing. This is his debut production at UofL. Past credits elsewhere include Hairy Ishmaelite in Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat, and Pirate in Count of Monte Cristo, both at St. Xavier High School.
Michael K. Mayes (Oliver), Louisville, KY, is a first-year MFA student in Performance. He earned his BA in English from UofL. Previous productions at UofL include Soldier Bradley Becker in Soldiers Circle, Charlie in All in the Timing, Riverboat Captain in Seven Stops to Freedom, and Ben in Colorblind.
Conrad Newman (Duke Senior), Greenville, KY, is a first-year MFA student in Performance. He earned his BA in Theatre from the University of Kentucky. This is his debut production at UofL. Past credits elsewhere include Richard Calvin III in Everything’s Jake in Los Angeles, CA, Daniel Boone at the Blue Jacket Outdoor Drama in Xenia, OH, Constantine in Big Love, and Demetrius in Titus Andronicus in Lexington, KY.
Hannah Pruitt (Court Lady), Henderson, KY, is a sophomore Theatre Arts major. Previous productions at UofL include Woman in Veronica’s Room (Studio Theatre) and Priest in Hamlet. Past credits elsewhere include Gwendolen Fairfax in The Importance of Being Earnest, Margot Frank in The Diary of Anne Frank, and Helen Thomdyke in It’s Murder in the Wings at Henderson County High School. She was also the student director for School House Rock LIVE at Henderson County High School.
Will Salmons (Jaques), Tuckerton, NJ, is a first-year MFA student in Performance. This is his debut production at UofL. Past credits elsewhere include Adam in The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told, Lord John in The Elephant Man, and Michael in Twilight of the Golds at the Reality Theatre, and Sam Byck in Assassins at the Warehouse Theatre. He has spent the last fifteen years running a Children’s Theatre Company in Columbus, OH.
Elizabeth Tantanella (Celia), Colorado Springs, CO, is a first-year MFA student in Performance. This is her debut production at UofL. Past credits elsewhere include Cinderella in Cinderella, Becca in Rabbit Hole, and Genevra in Bright Ideas at Adams State College. She is a certified Yoga instructor and is trained in Hula dancing.
Jacqueline Thompson (Amiens), St. Louis, MO, is a first-year MFA student in Performance. This is her debut production at UofL. Past credits elsewhere include Multiple Roles in A Colored Funeral at the Griot Theatre, Jodi in Quilters at the Avalon Theatre, Tasha in Color of Rain for SRD Productions, and Camila in Seamstress on St. Francis St. at the First Run Theatre. She has experience in Theatre Education and has taught acting/performance to elementary aged students throughout St. Louis.
Jared White (Orlando), Rupert, ID, is a first-year MFA student in Performance. This is his debut production at UofL. Past credits elsewhere include Nathan West in The Mystery Players, and Alan in Equus at Adams State College; Teen Angel/Eugene in Grease, and Man #2 in Lucky Stiff for the Southern Colorado Repertory Theatre.
Scott Whitehouse (Musician), Richmond, KY, is a sophomore Theatre Arts major. Previous productions at UofL include Soldier Allen J. Caruselle in Soldiers Circle. Past credits elsewhere include Verges in Much Ado about Nothing, Soldier in Dusts of Summer, and Macduff in Macbeth for the Rosebarn Theatre Company, and Dallas in The Outsiders at Madison Central High School.
Evan Williams (Touchstone), Franklin, TN, is a first-year MFA student in Performance. He earned his BA in Theatre Arts from Maryville College. This is his debut production at UofL. Past credits elsewhere include David Larabee in Sabrina Fair at the Towne Centre Theatre, J. Pierpont Finch in How to Succeed in Business for the Pull-Tight Players, Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Maryville College, and Feste in Twelfth Night for the Maury County Arts Guild.
Rinda Frye (Director) is a faculty director. Her Ph.D. is from the University of Oregon. Recent directing credits at University Theatre include Hamlet, Angels in America, Part I: Millennium Approaches, and Romeo and Juliet. A member of the Voice and Speech Teachers Association, she has frequently coached stage dialects at Actors Theatre of Louisville, Stage One Children's Theatre, Music Theatre of Louisville, and the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival. She has acted most recently as Titus in Titus Andronicus and in a short film, Star Spangled Eyes and has performed with the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival. She was co-founder and past artistic director of the Utah Shakespeare Players. Her publications include scholarly articles, a book William Poel’s Hamlets: The Director as Critic, and she is currently writing a book on stage dialects. She teaches acting, voice and stage speech, theatre history and dramatic literature.
Designers /Production Team
Russel Willoughey (Scenic Design), Louisville, KY, is a senior Theatre Arts major. Past productions at UofL include Bernardo in Hamlet, Soldier Andrew J. DeKever in Soldiers Circle, and Stage Manager for Titus Andronicus. This is his debut as a Scenic Designer.
Zhanna Goldentul (Costume Design) is the resident Costume Designer for the Theatre Arts department. Her recent designs for the department include Titus Andronicus, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Angels in America, Part 1: Millennium Approaches, Cage Rhythm, Romeo and Juliet, Blithe Spirit, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and In the Blood. She is a graduate of the Theatrical Art College in Moscow. Goldentul has designed costumes at The Louisville Children’s Theatre Stage One. From 2000 - 2005 she worked as the Designer Consultant at the Kentucky Opera for their Music, Words, Opera Showcase. She has been a member of the United Scenic Artists' Union since 1993. She earned her MA in Fine Arts from UofL in Spring 2009.
Michael F. Hottois (Lighting Design) has recently designed scenery for Soldiers Circle, Abe Lincoln and Uncle Tom in the Whitehouse, Hamlet, The Story, The Adventures of a Black Girl in Search of God, Titus Andronicus, Angels in America, Part I: Millennium Approaches, Cage Rhythm, Interrogating the Nude, and many others. Over the past few summers he designed Always, Patsy Cline, All Shook Up, The Producers, Ain’t Misbehavin’, and No, No, Nanette for the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse in New York. His credits as a scenic artist include the films Boris and Natasha and Closetland, as well as Soul of the Game for HBO. Michael is also a member of United Scenic Artists Union, Local 829.
Rocky Vanderford (Assistant Director), Louisville, KY, is a senior Theatre Arts major. Previous productions at UofL include Stage Manager for Soldiers’ Circle, Director/Lighting Designer for None of the Above (Studio Theatre), Assistant Stage Manager for Hamlet, and Intelligent Lighting Technician for The Story. Past credits elsewhere include Lighting Designer for Shot Me Down for Finnigan Productions, Stage Manager for A Tuna Christmas at the Badgett Playhouse, Assistant Director/Lighting & Sound Designer for The Dracula Project, and Lighting Designer/Technician for Wiley and the Hairy Man at Kentucky Wesleyan College.
Maigan Wallace (Stage Manager), Louisville, KY is a senior Theatre Arts major. Previous productions at UofL include Sound Design for Come Down Burning, Stage Manager for Abe Lincoln and Uncle Tom in the White House and The Adventures of a Black Girl in Search of God. Past credits elsewhere include Assistant Director/Stage Manager for Quilters, Stage Manager for Seascape, and Production Intern for the Bunbury Theatre. She is also the Props Master for the Scene Shop.
Amanda Maxwell Barich (Assistant Stage Manager), Tampa, FL, is a sophomore Theatre Arts major. Previous productions at UofL include Stage Manager for Ghosts with Insomnia (Studio Theatre). Past credits elsewhere include Oompa Loompa in Willy Wonka in Phoenix, AZ.
Kendra Potts (Assistant Stage Manager), Smithfield, KY, is a senior double majoring in Theatre Arts and English. Previous productions at UofL include costume crew for Soldiers Circle and Abe Lincoln and Uncle Tom in the Whitehouse, properties crew for Metamorphoses, and sound crew for Hamlet. Past credits elsewhere include Moma Morton and Mary Sunshine in Chicago with CMPI, Titania/Hippolyta in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Girl #2 in Shattered Pieces at Jefferson Community College.
2314 S. Floyd Street
Louisville, KY 40292
This U of L Theatre Arts Productions will be performed on the intimate stage of the Thrust Theatre. Built in 1992 and seating 164 patrons, the Thrust offers a variety of staging opportunities and interaction with the audience.
The building housing the theatre is also the location of the Department's main office, faculty offices, classrooms and rehearsal rooms, and the costume shop.
The Thrust Theatre is located in the HPES/Studio Arts building on the corner of Warnock and Floyd, catty-corner from McDonald’s. Metered street parking is available on Floyd Street. Free parking is available in university lots located along Floyd St. after 7:30 p.m. weekdays and all day on weekends.
HPES / Studio Arts Building
Corner of Floyd and Warnock Streets
Monday - Friday
10am - 3pm
General Public - $12
UofL Faculty/Staff - $10
Students/Senior Citizens - $8
To make ticket reservations, please contact the Box Office Manager, Melanie Henry, at 852-6814. Accepted methods of payment include Visa and Mastercard.