Thanks for tuning back into the PlayMakers blog for another exciting season! This year we’ll be covering all the shows in our Mainstage season, starting with Shakespeare’s As You Like It. We’re excited to kick off our 35th season with one of the Bard’s most compelling and fully-imagined female characters – Rosalind – as she flees to the Forest of Arden, only to find her soul-mate and herself.


The above photo is Robert Walker Macbeth’s painting of Rosalind, in disguise in the Forest of Arden

With posts highlighting costumes, scenic design, rehearsals and more, we’ll take you behind the scenes once a week for a sneak peek. This week, we’ll start with the artists who will be making the play – the cast list!

Duke Senior: Jeff Cornell*
Duke Frederick: Jeff Cornell*
Le Beau: Matt Garner
Charles: Brett Bolton
Touchstone: Jimmy Kieffer*
Oliver: Kahlil Gonzalez-Garcia
Orlando: Derrick Ledbetter*
Jaques: Scott Ripley*
Silvius: John Brummer
Rosalind: Marianne Miller*
Phoebe: Kelsey Didion
Celia: Alice Whitley
Audrey: Katja Hill
Corin: David Adamson*
William: Jeb Brinkley
Martext: David Adamson*
Dennis: Josh Tobin
Adam: David Adamson*
Amiens: Katie Paxton
Jaques de Boys: John Dreher
Duke Frederick and Duke Senior’s First Lord: John Dreher
Duke Frederick and Duke Senior’s Second Lord: Brett Bolton

Followers to Duke Senior: John Dreher, Josh Tobin, Matt Garner, Brett Bolton, Dee Dee Batteast, Lauren Klingman.

Followers to Duke Frederick: John Dreher, Brett Bolton

Director: Joseph Haj
Scenic Designer: Peter Ksander
Costume Designer: Anne Kennedy
Lighting Designer: Charlie Morrison
Sound Designer: Ryan Gastelum
Composer: Michael Yionoulis
Choreographer: Erin Dangler
Stage Manager: Sarah Smiley*
Assistant Director: Nelson Eusbio
Dramaturg: Adam Versenyi

*Indicates member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the U.S.

Check back in the coming weeks for photos of these talented artists as they rehearse under the guidance of director Joseph Haj. We’ll also have photos from the scene shop as they build the beautiful Forest of Arden and other locations. For now, here’s a sneak peek, submitted by scenic artist Eric Starke.