2022/2023 Season

As You Like It

A Re-Imagined Classic

November 15 – December 11, 2022 | Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre

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

Produced in association with Diversionary Theatre

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. Far from the restrictions of court life, we find ourselves in a vibrant new world, where identities can be fully explored and romance can blossom in multiple forms. Featuring a cast of trans, non-binary and Queer performers, Christopher Ashley and Will Davis’s re-imagined As You Like It is a celebration of the limitless possibilities of love and humanity.

Production Sponsors

Morrison Foerster

ACCESS Performance (ASL interpretation): Saturday, December 3 at 2:00 pm
ACCESS Performance (Audio Description): Saturday, December 3 at 2:00 pm

ACCESS performances offer American Sign Language interpretation for patrons who are d/Deaf or hard-of-hearing and Audio Description for patrons who are blind or have low vision. Inquire with Patron Services for available ACCESS subscription series (858) 550-1010.

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
Venue Info

Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre

The Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre is a black box flexible theatre seating up to 450 patrons, and the centerpiece of the 6,500-square-foot Joan and Irwin Jacobs Center.

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