2022/2023 Season

As You Like It

A Re-Imagined Classic

November 15 – December 18, 2022 | Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre

By William Shakespeare | Co-Directed by Christopher Ashley and Will Davis

In these woods, who you want to be is entirely up to you…

In Shakespeare’s classic romantic comedy, Rosalind and Orlando meet by chance in court and have an immediate connection. When they are both banished, fate brings them together again in the Forest of Arden. But this time, Rosalind, who is dressed as the male shepherd Ganymede for safe passage, challenges Orlando to prove the strength of his love by offering herself up to role play as Rosalind. In the ensuing game of romantic seduction, does Orlando know who is under the costume, or is the game love itself?

In this reimagined As You Like It, co-directors Christopher Ashley and Will Davis take audiences into the vibrant, wild woods, where our preconceived notions topple in the face of the malleability of identity and limitless potential of the human heart.

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Cast & Creators
Image of Christopher Ashley Christopher Ashley Co-Director

has served as La Jolla Playhouse’s Artistic Director since 2007, where he directed the world premieres of COME FROM AWAY, DIANA: THE MUSICAL, MEMPHIS, ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE, THE SQUIRRELS, A DRAM OF DRUMMHICIT, RESTORATION AND CHASING THE SONG, as well as HIS GIRL FRIDAY, GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, FREAKY FRIDAY and XANADU. He also spearheaded the Without Walls (WOW) program, the DNA New Work Series and the Resident Theatre program. He recently directed COME FROM AWAY for AppleTV+ and DIANA: THE MUSICAL for Netflix. Broadway credits include COME FROM AWAY (Tony Award), DIANA: THE MUSICAL, ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE, MEMPHIS (Tony nom), XANADU, LEAP OF FAITH (Drama Desk nom), ALL SHOOK UP and THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW (Tony, Drama Desk noms). He also helmed productions of COME FROM AWAY in London (Olivier nom), Toronto, Australia and on national tour.

Christopher Ashley Co-Director
Image of Will Davis Will Davis Co-Director

is a transgender director and choreographer focused on physically adventurous work for the stage. Off-Broadway credits include: ROAD SHOW (Encores! Off-Center); INDIA PALE ALE (MTC); BOBBIE CLEARLY (Roundabout Underground); CHARM (MCC); MEN ON BOATS (Clubbed Thumb and Playwrights Horizons; Lortel nom); and DUAT (Soho Rep). Regional: SPAMTOWN, USA (Children’s Theater Company); EVERYBODY (Shakespeare Theatre Company); A DOLL’S HOUSE, PART 2 (Long Wharf Theatre); COLOSSAL (Olney Theatre Center, Mixed Blood Theater; Helen Hayes Award for best direction); EVITA (Olney Theatre Center; Helen Hayes nom); and multiple productions for ATC in Chicago, where Davis also served as Artistic Director. An alum of the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab, NYTW 2050 Directing Fellowship, Brooklyn Art Exchange’s Artist in Residence program, and is currently a Princeton Arts Fellow.

Will Davis Co-Director
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