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As You Like It

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Kent Thompson
Sep 25 - Nov 1, 2015
The Space Theatre (View Map & Seating Chart)
• COMEDY
Run Time: 2 hours and 45 minutes, including one 15-minute intermission
Ticket Price: Starts at $41
Age Recommendation: 9+
Advisory: Light theatrical haze and bright flashes of light are used in this production.

YOU KNOW ROMEO AND JULIET.
NOW MEET SHAKESPEARE'S OTHER STAR-CROSSED LOVERS.

After love at first sight is threatened by a brother's betrayal, the lovers Orlando and Rosalind are separately banished to the Forest of Arden. But will their hearts know who's who when Rosalind disguises herself as a young man? As You Like It will steal your heart as it mends the chaos of mistaken identities. See the classic romantic comedy helmed by Producing Artistic Director Kent Thompson.

Denver Center for the Performing Arts Theatre Company's production/program is part of Shakespeare in American Communities, a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.

Producing Partners: Sheri & Lee Archer, Katy Atkinson, Isabelle Clark, Diana & Mike Kinsey

Education Partners: Ralph L. and Florence R. Burgess Trust, The Corley Family Fund, Alan & Katie Fox , Margot & Allan Frank,  Keith & Kathie Finger, The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation, Thomas D. Lookabaugh Foundation, Alison & Jim Shetter, June Travis, Walter S. Rosenberry III Charitable Trust

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Theatre & Theology Talkback
Theatre & Theology Talkback
Oct 13 | 9:00pm
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Join Pastor Dan Bollman of the Rocky Mountain Evangelical Lutheran Synod to examine As You Like It through a theological lens.
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Accessible Matinée Performance
Oct 17 | 1:30pm

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Talkback with the Cast
Talkback with the Cast
Oct 25 | 3:30pm

Free | The Space Theatre

Join a fun and engaging discussion with the actors from As You Like It after the show.

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Family Day
Oct 25 | 12:30pm
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Stanley Ray Baron
Stanley Ray Baron, Page
At the Theatre Company: Debut. Other Theatres: The Polar Express (Colorado Railroad Museum); Jet and the Giants, Neverland (Colorado School of Acting); Alice in Wonderland, The Wizard of Oz, King Arthur’s Quest (Missoula Children’s Theatre). TV/Film: “Fifty-Fifty” (Colorado Film School). Stanley is a member of the Colorado School of Acting.

MEET STANLEY RAY BARON

The Singing Page in As You Like It

  • What was the role that changed your life? I played 'Sylvester McMonkey McBean,' Dr. Seuss’s salesman who sells stars to the Sneetches again and again. It was so much fun that I started going to acting classes.
  • Why are you an actor? Because I like telling stories in a fun and exciting way.
  • What would you be doing if you weren’t an actor? I would be a magician!
  • Ideal scene partner: David Tennant because he made a great Doctor in Doctor Who.
  • Why does this play matter? Because it shows us different types of couples and their love. It is also very fun to watch.
  • What do you hope the audience gets out of As You Like It? I hope the audience has fun and laughs when watching this play.
  • Finish this sentence: "All I want is ... " 20 cats!
Eddie Martinez
Eddie Martinez, Abel
At the Theatre Company: As You Like It. Chicago theatre credits include: Big Lake Big City, Cascabel (Lookingglass Theatre); Our Lady of 121st Street (Steppenwolf Theatre Company); The Sins of Sor Juana (Teatro Vista); Stylin’ and Racial Profilin’ (The Second City). TV/Film: “Sense8,” “Sirens,” The Dilemma, The Break Up, The Weatherman, Nothing Like the Holidays, Let’s Go to Prison and Elsewhere.
J. Paul Boehmer
J. Paul Boehmer, Duke Senior/Duke Frederic
At the Theatre Company: The Three Musketeers, Heartbreak House. He has appeared on Broadway in Sir Peter Hall’s An Ideal Husband and in the New York and Off-Broadway premier of Miss Evers’ Boys. Regionally he has played Hamlet at the Dallas Shakespeare Festival and has appeared in two summer Shakespeare seasons and The Constant Wife at The Old Globe. Other theatres include Arena Stage, A.C.T., Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Pioneer Theatre, Walnut Street Theatre, Missouri Rep, Laguna Playhouse, Cleveland Play House and many more. TV and film include Skyline, The Thomas Crowne Affair, The Good German, “Star Trek Voyager,” “Deep Space Nine” and “Enterprise,” “Frasier,” and AMC’s “The Lot.”

MEET J. PAUL BOEHMER

  • J Paul Boehmer. Photo Credit: Adams Visual Communications.Hometown: Los Angeles
  • Training: Professional Theatre Training Program at the University of Delaware
  • What was the role that changed your life? Hamlet. It was the one role that demanded I use all my skills and ability and also be absolutely present at every moment of every rehearsal and performance. The other role was Heisenberg in Copenhagen, directed by Bruce Sevy, for exactly the same reason.
  • Why are you an actor? Being an actor is what I always wanted to be, so I am living the dream.
  • What would you be doing if you weren’t an actor? I think I would be a teacher, I think that is what actors do also.
  • Ideal scene partner: I would have to say that working with Judy Dench would be a dream come true. I love her work, and I think it would be a thrill.
  • Why does this play matter? Because it asks us at all turns who we think we are, and what do we put on to support that image we try to maintain?
  • What do you hope the audience gets out of As You Like It? I hope the audience has a lovely evening at the theatre.
  • Finish this sentence: "All I want is ... " to work on fulfilling projects.
Photo: J. Paul Boehmer as Duke Senior/Duke Frederic in 'As You Like It,' playing through Nov. 1. Credit: Adams Visual Communications.
Jason Bowen
Jason Bowen, Oliver
At the Theatre Company: Black Odyssey. Previous Off-Broadway and regional credits include My Mañana Comes (Playwright’s Realm); June Moon (Williamstown Theatre Festival); Ruined (La Jolla Playhouse); A Raisin In The Sun, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (IRNE Award); Prelude To A Kiss, A Civil War Christmas (Huntington Theatre Co.); Twelfth Night, Othello, The Duchess of Malfi, The Tempest (Actors’ Shakespeare Project); Groundswell (Lyric Stage Co.); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Commonwealth Shakespeare Co.). TV/Film: “Law & Order: SVU,” What’s Your Number. Special Awards: Best Actor – Boston Magazine, 2012.
Maren Bush
Maren Bush, Celia

At the Theatre Company: Debut. New York Theatre Credits: Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, LaMaMa, Ensemble Studio Theatre, the 52nd Street Project. Favorite Regional Theatre Credits: The Guthrie Theater, La Jolla Playhouse, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Cleveland Play House, Geva Theatre Center, Florida Studio Theatre & Theatre de la Jeune Lune. TV/Film: “Deadly Sins,” “The Men Who Built America,” “Sharing” and Reaching Home. Training: MFA, UCSD.

Adrian Egolf
Adrian Egolf, Audrey
At the Theatre Company: Benediction, Death of a Salesman, Romeo & Juliet. Other Theatres: The Archbishops Ceiling, Is He Dead, The Ladies Man (Arvada Center); Ambition Facing West (Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company); Steel Magnolias (The Barth Hotel); The Graduate (The Edge Theater); Unnecessary Farce, Quilters, The Ladies Man, Boomtown, Is He Dead?, Fools, Leading Ladies (Creede Repertory Theater); God of Carnage (Off Square Theater Company); The Twelve Dates of Christmas, Of Mice and Men (Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center); Boeing Boeing (Theatreworks); Present Laughter (Miner’s Alley); Tales of the City (Eugene O’Neill Theater Center). Awards/Training: National Theater Institute. True West Award 2014.


This video was taken when Adrian Egolf was appearing in the Theatre Company's 'Death of a Salesman.'
Carolyn Holding
Carolyn Holding, Rosalind
At the Theatre Company: Debut. Other Theatres: The Scene (Dorset Theatre Festival); Philadelphia Story, As You Like It, Mine, Dracula (Chautauqua Theater Company); Long Division (Portland Center Stage JAW Festival); The Flies, A View from the Bridge, Twelfth Night, Metamorphoses, The Three Lives of Lucie Cabrol, You Never Can Tell (Harvard/A.R.T); Macbeth, Restoration, The Cherry Orchard, Arms and the Man, All’s Well That Ends Well, All My Sons, Freedom House, The Humans Are in Trouble (NYU). TV/Film: “High Maintenance.” Training: MFA, NYU.

MEET CAROLYN HOLDING
  • Carolyn Holding. Photo by Adams Visual Communications.Hometown: New York
  • Training: Harvard (AB), NYU/Tisch Graduate Acting (MFA)
  • What was the role that changed your life? In third grade, my class did a play based on The Tortoise and the Hare. Everyone was a turtle or a rabbit with papier mâché shells or ears, respectively, and dutifully recited their lines. Except me. I had the privilege of being cast as "The Turkey in the Straw" (which, as far as I know, has no place in the original narrative). Because of my outsider status, I had free reign - instead of ears, I made a grocery-bag butt complete with Kleenex and toilet-roll plumes. Instead of reciting, I rapped. And while everyone else crawled or scurried around the stage, I sat on a big, black box and meditated. It was then that I discovered the massive and absurd range of creative freedom theater affords. I was a total weirdo, and I was in love.
  • Why are you an actor? As has been advised by countless mentors over the decades, if I could do anything else, I would do that instead. So far, nothing makes me half as happy as acting.
  • What would you be doing for a career if you weren’t an actor? I honestly don't know. Something with a steady income and regular hours.
  • Ideal scene partners: Cate Blanchett, Julianne Moore and Fiona Shaw. Any one of the fearless lady beasts who offer nothing short of the truth and demand the same from their scene partners. Or Katherine Hepburn, but only because I want to be Katherine Hepburn.
  • Why does this play matter? Any story worth its salt captures an element of human experience, and I think this one does. It's a celebration of human folly - how ridiculously and deeply we love and stumble and recover, how far we are from perfection and how glorious that is. The writing's also so-so.
  • What do you hope the audience gets out of As You Like It? A renewed sense of joy and a kiss for the one they love.
  • Finish this sentence: "All I want is ... "  Good books, good food, good wine, good work. 

Carolyn Holding with her family on opening night of 'As You Like It.' Photo by John Moore.

Carolyn Holding, middle, with her family on opening night of 'As You Like It.' Photo by John Moore
Charles R. MacLeod
Charles R. MacLeod, Lighting Designer
At the Theatre Company: (300+ productions/34 seasons). As You Like It, One Night in Miami…, Appoggiatura, Shadowlands, black odyssey, Jackie & Me, Death of a Salesman, The 39 Steps, Reckless, When Tang Met Laika, The Diary of Anne Frank, Lydia, The Merry Wives of Windsor, 1001, Gem of the Ocean, All My Sons, A Christmas Carol, Lost Highway: The Music and Legend of Hank Williams, My Way, Forbidden Broadway, Always…Patsy Cline; Love, Janis and Girls Only, The Secret Comedy of Women.
Drew Horwitz
Drew Horwitz, William/Lord to Duke Frederick
At the Theatre Company: Debut. Local performance highlights include: Electra Onion Eater (Buntport Theater); On Golden Pond (The Barth Hotel); Abundance, Crimes of the Heart, American Notes and Savage in Limbo (as a company member of Sis Tryst Productions); Godspell, Dylan Went Electric (Miner’s Alley Playhouse); Woman in Black (Modern Muse Theatre), and Some Kind of Fun (Screwtooth Productions). He has performed regionally in Blood Brothers (Downtown Cabaret Theatre), Veronica’s Room (The Schoolhouse Theatre), and with the California Shakespeare Festival, the Carolinian Shakespeare Festival, and the Western Stage.

Drew Horwitz quote

  • Hometown: New Orleans
  • College: Colorado College
  • What was the role that changed your life? Playing John Proctor in The Crucible at Colorado College. It was one of the only times in my life when I fully emitted the words from my being as opposed to speaking them from my brain. Maybe I should do more Arthur Miller.
  • Why are you an actor? Because it is a license to play and explore.
  • Drew Horwitz. Photo credit: Adams Visual Communications.What would you be doing for a career if you weren’t an actor? I renovate houses. If I were to start adolescence again I would train as a wide receiver.
    Seriously.
  • Ideal scene partners: Sam Rockwell and Kevin Kline. They seem spontaneous and unpredictable.
  • Why does this play matter? Because of the beauty of the language, the awesomeness and power of the female characters, and because it is my first (and hopefully not last) show with the DCPA Theatre Company. (Photo above right: Drew Horwitz, right, with Matt Zambrano in 'As You Like It.' Credit: Adams Visual Communications.)
  • What do you hope the audience gets out of As You Like It? I hope the audience relaxes into the language and world that we are creating. I hope they leave feeling challenged and uplifted.
  • Finish this sentence: "All I want is ... "
    "All I want is a lot, but some of what I want is a happy, healthy and evolving family life; healthy, happy dogs; professional challenges and success; and more opportunities to sing professionally.
Drew Horwitz Screwtooth. Photo by John MooreDrew Horwitz appeared in ScrewTooth's 'Some Kind of Fun' at Buntport Theater in 2013. Horwitz played a caged Cain who spews repugnant, ignorant, violent dialogue about women into a jailhouse camera all evening. And every word he said came straight from actual public remarks by the boxer Mike Tyson. Photo by John Moore.
Kathryn G. Maes, Ph.D
Kathryn G. Maes, Ph.D, Voice and Dialect Coach
At the Theatre Company: FADE, The Nest, Tribes, Benediction, Appoggiatura, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Lord of the Flies, The Unsinkable Molly Brown, Animal Crackers, Shadowlands, Hamlet, black odyssey, A Christmas Carol, Jackie & Me, The Most Deserving, Just Like Us, Death of a Salesman, When We Are Married, Fences, The Three Musketeers, Heartbreak House, Great Wall Story. Other Theatres: Royal Shakespeare Company, Royal National Theatre (Arthur Miller’s American Clock). Special/Training: Voice and Dialect Coach for numerous professional theatre companies in the United States, Head of Voice at DCPA Theatre Company. Ph.D. in Theatre Arts, University of Pittsburgh; Advanced Diploma in Voice Studies, Central School of Speech and Drama, London, England.
Maurice Jones
Maurice Jones, Orlando

At the Theatre Company: Ruined, To Kill A Mockingbird, The Taming of the Shrew, A Christmas Carol. Broadway: Julius Caesar, Romeo & Juliet. Roundabout: Little Children Dream of God. Folger Shakespeare Library: Julius Caesar. Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey: The Learned Ladies. National Theatre Conservatory: Richard III, Charley’s Aunt, Fahrenheit 451, Topdog/Underdog, The Good Woman of Setzuan, Nicholas Nickleby, Our Town. Cabaret Theatre: Glengarry Glen Ross, Six Degrees of Separation, Suzan Lori Parks’ 365 Days/365 Plays. Livingston Theatre Company: Ragtime, Once On This Island. Television: “30 Rock,” “Conviction.” Film: Winter’s Tale, And So It Goes.

Training: MFA, National Theatre Conservatory.

MEET MAURICE JONES
  • Hometown: Trenton, N.J.
  • Training: Rutgers University/National Theatre Conservatory at the DCPA (MFA)
  • What was the role that changed your life? Not so much the role that changed my life, but rather the show, would have to be the 2011 production of Ruined that I was Ruined. Photo by Terry Shapiro. honored to be in here at the Denver Center. Directed by Seret Scott and starring the incomparable Kim Staunton, Lynn Nottage’s Pulitzer Prize-winnig play was the first true and tangible evidence that I had ever experienced about how important and socially enlightening theatre could really be. It was nothing less than a high honor to be a part of the telling of that story. There were audience members who had no idea that such radical and violent injustice was happening in the world. I met countless patrons after the show who, with tears flooding their eyes, would come to me and simply say, “I had no idea.” That afforded a the privileged opportunity one can sometimes have as an actor. That is to say in reply, “And now you know.” And that’s my job as an actor.
  • What would you be doing for a career if you weren’t an actor? If I weren’t an actor I would doubtless be an educator. I studied English at Rutgers University and would love to teach a course on dramatic literature or acting. I taught music for a couple of summers at the Denver Center Theatre Academy and found working with young children so much for fulfilling than I thought I would. It really solidified education as a solid, solid future goal of mine.
  • James Earl JonesIdeal scene partner: It might have to be James Earl Jones circa 1987 in August Wilson’s Fences. There is a video online you can watch of his performance as Troy with Courtney B. Vance playing his son, Cory. I watch it perhaps once a week to marvel at what pure power on stage looks like. I would be beyond terrified to do that scene with that man, but that’s also what excites me about it!
  • Why does this play matter? As You Like It was written in 1599 and remains a popular play for very good reason. Like so many of Shakespeare’s plays. it is truly timeless in its themes, its ideas and its sensibilities. This play matters in 2015 because it beautifully and comically highlights the fervent, earnest, turbulent and oftentimes wacky pursuit of true love. It captures the giddy speechlessness of awkward teenage infatuation, the fickleness of romantic interest and the importance of patience when it comes to your heart’s desires. All themes that have always been and will always be prevalent.
  • What do you hope the audience gets out of As You Like it? I truly hope audiences leave uplifted and entertained. It’s a fast-paced story of madcap cross Rumidressing, body slamming, guitar playing, forest dwelling, back stabbing, poetry writing, heart professing love! Requited and otherwise.
  • Finish this sentence: "All I want is ... " to “respond to every call that excites my spirit.” ~ Rumi

Maurice Jones, who plays Orlando, reads at the first rehearsal for 'As You Like It.' Photo by John Moore.
Maurice Jones, who plays Orlando, reads at the first rehearsal for 'As You Like It.' Photo by John Moore.
Craig Breitenbach
Craig Breitenbach, Sound Designer
At the Theatre Company: Tribes, The Unsinkable Molly Brown, Just Like UsSense & Sensibility The Musical, Irving Berlin’s White ChristmasRing of Fire: The Music of Johnny CashA Christmas CarolTo Kill a MockingbirdA Midsummer Night’s DreamMama Hated DieselsEventideA Raisin in the SunQuiltersA Prayer for Owen Meany, Noises OffThirdA Funny Thing…ForumKing LearAmadeusCrownsThe Clean HouseMeasure for MeasureA Flea in Her EarFire on the MountainThe MisanthropeThe Three SistersLove’s Labor’s LostThe Skin of Our TeethBetrayalSpinning Into ButterDinner With FriendsGross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar WildeThe Laramie ProjectThe Little Foxes. Awards: 2008 Henry Award for Plainsong.
Emily Kron
Emily Kron, Phoebe
Emily Kron as Phoebe in the DCPA Theatre Company's 'As You Like It.' Photo credit: Adams Visual Communications.
Emily Kron as Phoebe in the DCPA Theatre Company's 'As You Like It.' Photo credit: Adams Visual Communications.

At the Theatre Company: Debut. Other recent credits include: Othello (Playhouse On Park), Into the Woods (Northern Stage), The Baker’s Wife (Mac-Haydn), The Europeans (Atlantic Theater), Red Light Winter (Primary Stages), Trouble Tales (Williamstown Theater Festival), Spelling Bee (Playhouse on Park), Cabaret (Playhouse on Park), The Last Five Years (Westchester SB), Gardenplays (NYTW), Sweet Tooth (Cherry Lane Theater), These Seven Sicknesses (EPBB). Emily has her own band where she’s performed renowned venues such as 54 Below, The Highline Ballroom, The Metropolitan Room, The Bitter End and more. Training: BA, Middlebury College. Visit her web site at Emilykron.com

Emily Kron quote

MEET EMILY KRON
Phoebe in As You Like It

  • Hometown: New York
  • College: Middlebury College (Vermont)
  • What was the role that changed your life? Playing Charity in Sweet Charity my junior year of high school. I know because I still have recurring anxiety dreams about not knowing the lyrics for her songs and having to make them up on stage. If nothing else, my subconscious points to it being a watershed moment. In reality, though, it was one of those experiences where you realize there is something that makes you feel the most alive in this world. And for me, it was being on stage as that character, and then, forever after.
  • Why are you an actor? You get to experience yourself through the lens of another person and, by doing so, discover more about who you are and how you connect with the world. The goal as an actor is to share that channeling and discovery with an audience, who in turn also get to access, relate and plunge into the depths of self-discovery.
  • What would you be doing for a career if you weren’t an actor? I’d be a doctor. Because my dad would want me to.
  • Judi DenchIdeal scene partner: Judi Dench, specifically in the role of Sally Bowles in Cabaret at the West End. She is one of the most chilling, moving, profoundly talented people to watch on film, and I would kill to see and experience her on stage (in a musical, no less!) To me, she epitomizes presence and what it means to truly listen. She’s also a dame, so that’s a plus.
  • Why does this play matter? As You Like It is one of Shakespeare’s coolest plays because he really experiments with poetry and prose and alternates between them throughout. Half of the play is actually written in iambic pentameter (metrical structure) while the rest is written in prose (no metrical structure). So, to the ear, the language is a journey within itself - challenging, varied and enjoyable. I also think tonally this play is unique because, although it is considered a comedy, to me, it really falls under the more complex umbrella of a dramedy. It spans the emotional spectrum and exploring not only topics of love, but questions of rejection, loneliness, identity and abandonment. (Don’t worry, though; it’s mainly funny!)
  • What do you hope the audience gets out of As You Like It? I would love for the audience to experience the wonder of the language. To  to follow the real, accessible character trajectories and experiences, while still being lifted up into the magical realm of Shakespeare’s writing.
  • Finish this sentence: "All I want is ... " to discover and share.
Nick LaMedica
Nick LaMedica, Silvius/Lord to Duke Frederick
Nick LaMedica and Emily Kron in 'As You Like It. Photo Credit: Adams Visual Communications.
Nick LaMedica and Emily Kron in 'As You Like It.' Photo Credit: Adams Visual Communications.

At the Theatre Company: Benediction. National Tours: War Horse. New York: Romeo & Juliet, Return to the Onion Cellar (NY International Fringe), Titus Andronicus (American Globe). Other Theatres: Much Ado About Nothing (Two River Theater Company), Romeo & Juliet (Shakespeare Miami). Training: BFA Acting/Musical Theatre, Marymount Manhattan College

Nick LaMedica quote


MEET NICK LaMEDICA
  • Hometown: Newark, Delaware
  • Training: BFA in acting and musical theater from Marymount Manhattan College
  • Nick LaMedicaWhat was the role that changed your life? The first play that really changed things for me was Conversations with My Father by Herb Gardner. My first acting teacher in high school gave me a monologue from it, and it moved me in a way a play had not before. I performed it in a sort of showcase at my school and that was when I first really caught the bug. It changed my life's trajectory dramatically, and somehow I ended up here.
  • Why are you an actor? I can’t imagine having as much fun or feeling as fulfilled and excited doing anything else. It is a constant challenge full of surprises, so it is boredom-proof. A lot of people give this silly piece of advice to NOT become an actor if you could possibly do anything else with your life. The life can be hard, inconsistent and unpredictable, so the idea is to save people from the “suffering” of being an actor. I think that advice robs this industry of its most compelling artists. As an actor, I’ve been fortunate to be surrounded by intelligent, talented jacks of many trades. They have chosen this world from many where they could also succeed. I Zookeeper can't imagine a place that I’d be more inspired, learn more or have more fun than in the theatre.
  • What would you be doing if you weren’t an actor? I would love to be a zookeeper. My father was one, so I suppose it is in my blood. I have always loved working with exotic animals and would be interested in pursuing training and community education in that field.
  • Ideal scene partner: I’d love to work with David Tennant. He’s my favorite Doctor, a fantastic actor on stage and screen - from Shakespeare to Sci-Fi - and someone David Tennantyou can tell is always having fun. He marries technical skill and creativity in his roles while still remaining very much “himself.” I think it would be an absolute blast to work together.
  • Why does this play matter? Rosalind is what makes this play really great for me. She takes her life into her own hands. She isn’t a damsel in distress, but rather a woman who takes control of her life, stands up to injustice and endeavors to get what she wants in her world. She’s creative, witty, intelligent, adventurous and daring. Theatre, television, film, and other media have been dominated by men long enough, so it is inspiring and important to bring out these strong female leads. Dramaturgically speaking, it is an amazing exploration of a woman’s vast capability when given a man’s office in a world controlled by the opposite sex.
  • What do you hope the audience gets out of As You Like It? I hope they laugh and I hope they see themselves in one of the stories. That’s the greatest joy for me in the theater: The “Oh, I’ve been there” chuckle.
  • Finish this sentence: "All I want is ... " Rationality. There’s a disheartening lack of it on a global scale, and I believe it lies at the core of learning to work together as a planet.

Nick LaMedica played a troubled preacher's son in last season's DCPA Theatre Company world-premiere production of 'Benediction,' with Amelia Marie Corrada. Photo by Jennifer M. Koskinen.

Nick LaMedica played a troubled preacher's son in last season's DCPA Theatre Company world-premiere production of 'Benediction,' with Amelia Marie Corrada. Photo by Jennifer M. Koskinen.
Lars Lundberg
Lars Lundberg, Page
At the Theatre Company: Debut. Recent favorite roles include Pinocchio in Shrek the Musical (Englewood Drama) and Kurt Von Trapp in The Sound of Music (Englewood Drama). Lars also played a Lieutenant/Troubadour in Cinderella’s Glass Slipper (Academy of Theater Arts) and a Salesman/ensemble in The Music Man, Jr. (Englewood Drama). Lars was selected to the Colorado 5th Grade All-State Choir for 2015 and appeared in nearly a dozen productions in his six years as a member of the Wilder Drama Club.

MEET LARS LUNDBERG
  • Hometown: Littleton
  • School: 6th grader at STEM Middle School (majoring in being a goofball)
  • Lars Lundgren quoteWhat was the role that changed your life? It wasn’t actually a role I was playing; instead it was when I went to see a friend who was playing Oliver. When I saw him up there on stage, I decided that I wanted to be the one on the stage, performing a great role and having all those people clap for me.
  • Why are you an actor? I love acting because it’s so much fun. It has also given me the opportunity to meet and get to spend time with the most interesting, creative people in the world.
  • What other activities do you enjoy? I am thinking about trying to pursue a professional acting career, but I also really like aerospace engineering, and I might try to study that when I go to college.
  • Ideal scene partner: Ramin Karimloo, who played Jean Valjean in Les Misérables on Broadway, because he is very experienced, and a super-talented singer and actor.
  • Why does this play matter? Because it’s so funny, and it helps people see that Shakespeare isn’t as boring as they might think.
  • What do you hope the audience gets out of As You Like It? I hope that the audience will understand that Shakespeare is actually really fun - and that they laugh so hard they pee their pants.
  • Finish this sentence: "All I want is ... " to help make the world have less discrimination and more kindness.
Stanley Ray Baron, Lars Lundgren and Ben W. Heil in 'As You Like It,' with J. Paul Boehmer. Photo by Adams Visual CommunicationsStanley Ray Baron, Lars Lundgren and Ben W. Heil in 'As You Like It,' with J. Paul Boehmer as the Duke. Photo by Adams Visual Communications
Ben W. Heil
Ben W. Heil, Peter/Ensemble
At the Theatre Company: A Christmas Carol, As You Like It. Other Theatres: Peter Pan, Shrek The Musical (Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre). Training: Jazz at Elevation Dance, vocal training with Stephanie Blake, and Denver School of the Arts vocal intensive with Brian Stinar. Ben is a student at Steamboat Springs Middle School.

MEET BEN W. HEIL

  • What was the role that changed your life? I played Michael in Peter Pan at the Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre in Grand Lake. My first major role.
  • Why are you an actor? I love being on stage.
  • What would you be doing for a career if you weren’t an actor? I would be a musician because I would still get to perform.
  • Ideal scene partner: John Gallagher Jr. (He played the Moritz in Spring Awakening on Broadway and Johnny in American Idiot, among others.) He’s done so many great performances, and I could really learn from being on stage with him.
  • Why does this play matter? Because the Denver Center is a great place to do theatre.
  • What do you hope the audience gets out of As You Like It? I hope they go in expecting a good show and leave satisfied.
  • Finish this sentence: "All I want is ... " to do as much as I can.
Christopher C. Ewing
Christopher C. Ewing, Production Stage Manager
At the Theatre Company: (29 seasons) Animal Crackers, Death of a Salesman, Sense & Sensibility The Musical, When We Are Married, Fences, Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash, A Christmas Carol, To Kill a Mockingbird, Dracula, Mama Hated Diesels, Eventide, A Raisin in the Sun, Quilters, A Prayer for Owen Meany, Noises Off, Plainsong, Mrs. Warren’s Profession, A Funny Thing… Forum, The Clean House, Gem of the Ocean, A Flea in Her Ear, Crowns, Fire on the Mountain, John Brown’s Body, The Skin of Our Teeth, Almost Heaven and 2 Pianos, 4 Hands. Other Theatres: Colorado Ballet, DCPA Broadway, Bonfils Theatre. Training: BFA in Theatre Design/Technology, Loretto Heights College.
Daniel Pearce
Daniel Pearce, Jacques
At the Theatre Company: Debut. Broadway: Machinal, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Off Bway: Ping Pong, Macbeth, Measure for Measure, Henry V, Henry VI, King Lear (Public/NYSF); The Most Deserving (City Center); Falling (Minetta Lane); Passion Play (Epic). Regional: Blood & GIfts (La Jolla); Ctrl+Alt+Delete (George St); Underneath the Lintel (Geva). TV/Film: “Murder of a President” (upcoming), “Law & Order: CI,” “Law and Order: SVU,” “Chappelle’s Show,” “Damages,” Salt, Invisible Sign, Godzilla, Clowns. Training:
MFA, NYU.
Kent Thompson
Kent Thompson, Producing Artistic Director

Kent is in his 12th season as Producing Artistic Director of the Theatre Company. In Denver he directed productions of Sweeney Todd, Hamlet, Just Like Us, Other Desert Cities, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, The Taming of the Shrew, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Plainsong, Eventide, Benediction, Amadeus, The Liar and Measure for Measure, among others.

Three of Kent’s major accomplishments since coming to Denver have been the creation of Off-Center (innovative theatrical experiences aimed at millennial audiences), the Colorado New Play Summit (a premier national festival for new American plays), and the Women’s Voices Fund (an endowment that supports the commissioning and development of new plays by women).

Prior to moving to Denver he was Producing Artistic Director of the Alabama Shakespeare Festival for 16 seasons. Kent created the Southern Writers’ Project, which commissioned and produced 16 world premieres during his tenure. He served eight years on the Board of Directors for Theatre Communications Group (TCG) and as president for three years. He has served on peer review panels for the NEA (also chair), TCG, The Pew Charitable Trusts, The Fulbright Scholars Program, The Wallace Funds, The Doris Duke Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, among others.

Charles Varin
Charles Varin, Managing Director
Charles Varin and his team are responsible for administrative, financial and business operations related to producing the Theatre Company’s season of productions and other artistic and educational initiatives. Prior to DCPA, Charles was General Manager for Geva Theatre Center in Rochester, NY and also has worked at Glimmerglass Opera, Asolo Repertory Theatre and Florida Studio Theatre.
Philip Pleasants
Philip Pleasants, Sen. Richard Russell / Ensemble
At the Theatre Company: As You Like It, Romeo & Juliet, The Giver, Heartbreak House, The Taming of the Shrew, To Kill a Mockingbird, Midsummer Night’s Dream, A Christmas Carol, Othello, Plainsong, The Voysey Inheritance, A Prayer for Owen Meany, Richard III, Noises Off, The Merry Wives of Windsor, The Diary of Anne Frank, Third, A Funny Thing…Forum, Pure Confidence, King Lear. Other Theatres: Alabama Shakespeare Festival (20 seasons), Amadeus (Broadway, national tour), Treason (Off-Broadway), Seattle Rep, Cincinnati Playhouse, Huntington, Pittsburgh Playhouse, Cleveland Play House. TV/Film: “Another World,” “All My Children,” “Judge Horton and the Scottsboro Boys.”

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William Oliver Watkins
William Oliver Watkins, Charles/Jaques De Boys

At the Theatre Company: One Night in Miami, Jackie & Me, Ruined. New York credits include: The Underside of Jackfruit & Papaya, McRib (Working Theater/Abingdon); Courting, BIOLIFE (NY Madness); Snakeskin Suit, Nodding Off (Ensemble Studio Theater); Camp Logan (National Black Theater of Harlem). Regional: Lombardi (Cleveland Play House/Arizona Theatre Company), A Raisin in the Sun (Studio Arena), To Kill A Mockingbird (Great Plains Theater), Blues for an Alabama Sky (St. Louis Black Rep). TV/Film: “Forever,” “Nurse Jackie,” “NYC 22,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “Rescue Me,” “Canterbury’s Law,” Nasty Baby, My Soul To Take, Airborne. Training: BFA, Webster University; Wynn Handman, Margie Haber, Bob Krakower. 


This video was taken when William Oliver Watkins was starring as Jackie Robinson in the Theatre Company's 'Jackie & Me.'
Matt Zambrano
Matt Zambrano, Touchstone
At the DCPA: The SantaLand Diaries (also with Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company), The Liar, Romeo and Juliet, The Taming of the Shrew, A Christmas Carol. Other Theatres: Peter and the Starcatcher, Scapin, Loves Labours Lost, Richard II, The Merry Wives of Windsor (Utah Shakespeare Festival); The Lieutenant of Inishmore (Curious Theater); tRUNks-A Live Comic Book!, Love and Potatoes (Buntport Theater). New York Credits: Broken Box Mime Theater, The Story Pirates, Accomplice: The Show! TV/Film: “The People Vs. George Lucas.” Special Awards/Training: MFA, National Theatre Conservatory; BFA, University of Colorado. National Poetry Slam Semi-Finalist

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MEET MATT ZAMBRANO

Touchstone in As You Like It

  • Hometown: Denver
  • High School: Wheat Ridge
  • College: Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Colorado at Boulder
  • Training: Masters of Fine Arts from the DCPA's National Theatre Conservatory
  • What was the role that changed your life? When I was a senior in college, I had the opportunity to play Jem in To Kill a Mockingbird. It had always been one of my favorite books, and the director (Todd Coulter) was somehow able to find the right cast and make it not a play, but a community experience. I think that year there were maybe two African-American actors in the theater program, and so he had to go out and actively recruit students to be in the show. In a strange and tangible way, it made the story we were telling even more important. I knew from that point on that I wanted to act for the rest of my life.
  • Why are you an actor? I don’t know what else I would do. In other jobs I feel out of place; like an owl in a spacesuit. I feel am most myself when I am on-stage, whether it’s doing improv comedy, dramatic plays, mime, spoken-word or slam poetry...I’m most comfortable when I’m performing.
  • What would you be doing for a career if you weren’t an actor? I’ve always known that if I weren’t an actor, I’d be a teacher. I currently work as a teaching artist in New York with several groups including Disney Theatrical and The Story Pirates, and that work is truly meaningful and fulfilling. I think teaching is one of the most noble professions, and I wouldn’t be surprised if someday I ended up in a classroom.
  • Mark RuffaloIdeal scene partner: I would want to do True West with Mark Ruffalo, and we’d flip a coin every night to see who plays which character. No explanation necessary.
  • Why does As You Like It matter? It is a beautiful play, and one of Shakespeare's best when it comes to word play. In Rosalind, he's created a heroine who is both the smartest person in the world, and the most endearing. To me, it's a play about finding oneself amid the noise and confusion of our everyday lives. All of the characters leave their lives in the court (some volunteer, some are volun-told!). But without exception, they all find their true selves somewhere in the forest of Arden.
  • What do you hope the audience gets out of As You Like It? I think the audience will have a similar experience as the characters: Leaving behind the hustle and bustle of the 9-to-5, away from cell-phones and Facebook; they can sit back and lose themselves in one of the most beautiful stories ever tCarl Saganold.
  • Finish this sentence: "All I want is ... " to lead a good life, without regret, in the company of those I love, respect and admire. Oh, and for Carl Sagan to come back and take me to dinner at Casa Bonita. ... And a lightsaber.



Slam poet Matt Zambrano performs "Cool" at the Mercury Cafe, above.

William Shakespeare
William Shakespeare, Playwright
William Shakespeare was born in late April 1564 in Stratford-upon-Avon. As a young actor, poet and playwright, he joined The Lord Chamberlain’s Men, one of the most successful acting troupes in London. In 1599, the troupe lost the lease of the theatre where it performed and built its own theatre across the Thames, south of London, which it called The Globe. The new theatre opened in July of 1599 built from the timbers of the old theatre. In 1603, when James I came to the throne, the new king designated the troupe as the King’s Company. Shakespeare entertained the people of London at The Globe until June 19, 1613, when a canon fired from the roof of the theatre during a performance of Henry VIII set the thatch roof on fire and burned the theatre to the ground. Shakespeare retired from the stage but continued to write until his death in 1616 on his 52nd birthday. To this day, Shakespeare is the most widely admired and well-known poet and playwright in English literature.
David M. Barber
David M. Barber, Set Designer
At the Theatre Company: Richard III, Map of Heaven, The Taming of the Shrew, The Most Deserving, Appoggiatura. Off Broadway: Signature Theater, The Women’s Project Theater, Red Bull Theater, The Flea. Other Theatres: Hartford Stage, Center Stage, Pittsburgh Public, Cleveland Public, Idaho Shakespeare, Great Lakes Theater, Alabama Shakespeare, Barrington Stage, Contemporary American Theater Festival, A.R.T., Jacob’s Pillow, etc. TV/Film: Art Director for E! Entertainment, “The TODAY Show,” “Football Night in America.” Production Designer for the feature film All Relative. Awards: Drama Desk, Henry Hewes, Denver Post Ovation Award.
Denitsa Bliznakova
Denitsa Bliznakova, Costume Designer

At the Theatre Company: The 12. Her work has been seen at venues such as San Diego Opera, Cleveland Play House, Old Globe Theatre, San Jose Rep, A Noise Within, The Falcon Theatre, New Repertory Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival, and others. Design and stylist credits for other media include music videos for various artists and films. Denitsa is a Professor and the Head of the M.F.A. Design and Technology program at SDSU, School of Theatre, TV and Film. www.Denitsa.com.

M Scott McLean
M Scott McLean, Fred/Ebenezer the Young Man/Ensemble

As You Like It, Death of a Salesman, A Christmas Carol, Dracula, When Tang Met Laika, A Prayer for Owen Meany, and Grace, or The Art of Climbing. Other Theatres: Sense and Sensibility (TheaterWorks), The Unexpected Guest (Arts Center of Coastal Carolina), The Rover (New York Classical Theatre). Training: Graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and the National Theatre Conservatory.

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Gary Grundei
Gary Grundei, Composer
At the Theatre Company: Benediction, Death of a Salesman, Great Wall Story, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, To Kill a Mockingbird, Dracula, Eventide, Plainsong, Oedipus Rex, The Merchant of Venice, Love’s Labor’s Lost, Pierre, Hamlet, Cloud 9 (NTC), The Tempest, Macbeth, Sylvia, Taking Leave, The Servant of Two Masters. Other Theatres: The Magic Theatre, Kennedy Center, New York Stage and Film, Baltimore Theatre Project, Contemporary American Theatre Company (CATCO), Naropa University, Occidental College, The Ohio State University.
Geoffrey Kent
Geoffrey Kent, Fight Director
At the Theatre Company: (15 seasons) Hamlet, Richard III, Romeo & Juliet, 1001, Skull in Connemara, King Lear, Superior Donuts. Other Theaters: Othello, Henry 4 Part 1, Macbeth, Treasure Island, Three Musketeers (Colorado Shakespeare Festival); Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Utah Shakespeare Festival); Cymbeline, Taming of the Shrew (Orlando Shakespeare Theatre); Lieutenant of Inishmore (Curious Theatre Company); Carmen (Opera Colorado); Land of the Dead (Creede Rep). Henry Award for Achievement in Fight Direction.

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Charlie I. Miller
Charlie I. Miller, Projection Designer
At the Theatre Company: 6 seasons, 27 productions. Highlights include: Lord of the Flies, black odyssey, Just Like Us, The Giver, American Night, The House of the Spirits, Reckless, Mama Hated Diesels, When Tang Met Laika, and Ed, Downloaded. Off-Center: Lived/Re-Lived, Wheel of Misfortune, Cult Following, Drag Machine, DATE*. Other Theatres: Ed, Downloaded workshop (Roundabout, NYC); username: FAUST (Boston). Special/Awards/Training: BA from Harvard, 2010 and 2011 Denver Post Ovation Awards, 2012 Henry Award, 2013 Best of Westword Awards. Co-Curator of Off-Center.
Douglas Langworthy
Douglas Langworthy, Dramaturg
As You Like It, Appoggiatura, Lord of the Flies, The Unsinkable Molly Brown, Shadowlands, Hamlet, Just Like Us, Sense & Sensibility The Musical, The Three Musketeers, When We Are Married. Other Theatres: The Oregon Shakespeare Festival produced his adaptation (with Linda Alper and Penny Metropulos) of Dumas’ The Three Musketeers and his translation of Brecht’s The Good Person of Szechuan. Target Margin Theatre produced his translations/adaptations: Medea by Hans Henny Jahnn, Goethe’s Faust, and the opera The Sandman with David Herskovits and Thomas Cabanis. Awards/Training: Elliot Hayes Award for Dramaturgy, National Theatre Translation Fund Award, John Gassner Award in Critical Writing. Yale School of Drama. He is currently working on modern English translations of Shakespeare’s Henry VI parts 1, 2, and 3 as part of Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Play On! Project.
Matthew Campbell
Matthew Campbell, Assistant Stage Manager
At the Theatre Company: As You Like It, The 12, Lord of the Flies, Hamlet, Just Like Us, Other Desert Cities, Romeo & Juliet, When We Are Married, The Three Musketeers, Heartbreak House, The Taming of the Shrew, A Christmas Carol, To Kill a Mockingbird, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Dracula. Other Theatres: Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Arvada Center, Cleveland Play House, Hope Summer Repertory Theatre in Holland, Michigan; Colorado Festival of World Theatre, Country Dinner Playhouse, Candlelight Dinner Playhouse, Omaha Symphony. Served as Assistant Professor of Technical Theater at Brooklyn College. Training: MFA, University of Iowa; BA, University of Northern Colorado.
Bruce K. Sevy
Bruce K. Sevy, Associate Artistic Director and Director of New Play Development

Bruce K. Sevy has directed such memorable Theatre Company productions as Animal Crackers, When We Are Married, Heartbreak House, Mariela in the Desert, The Voysey Inheritance, A Prayer for Owen Meany, Doubt, All My Sons, Master Class, Mrs. Warren’s Profession, A Christmas Carol, Cat On a Hot Tin Roof, The Little Foxes, Molly Sweeney, Amy’s View, Valley Song, Pierre, Dinner With Friends and The Cripple of Inishmaan.

As Director of New Play Development, he oversees both the artistic and practical components of the Theatre Company’s successful Colorado New Play Summit, including commissions from outstanding American playwrights.

He has directed for Arizona Theatre Company, Cleveland Play House, Lark Play Development Center, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Virginia Stage Company, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Northlight Theatre, San Jose Repertory Theatre, Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, Pioneer Theatre Company, A Contemporary Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Empty Space and Intiman Theatre in Seattle, the Kimo Theatre in Albuquerque, and Utah Shakespearean Festival. His popular production of 2 Pianos, 4 Hands has been seen at more than 20 theatres nationally, including the Theatre Company’s successful 2003 production.

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