Meet Geoffrey Kent of 'As You Like It'

Geoffrey KentAt the Theatre Company: Hamlet, Othello, Richard III, Romeo & Juliet, Eventide, Superior Donuts, Lord of the Flies. Other Theaters: Iago, Benedict, Hotspur, Aramis (Colorado Shakespeare Festival); Iachimo, Petruchio, Mercutio (Orlando Shakespeare Theater); Orsino (Arvada Center); Complete Works  of William Shakespeare (Utah Shakespeare Festival).

Geoffrey Kent Quote

Lord to Duke Senior, Assistant Director, Fight Director, As You Like It

  • What was the role that changed your life? Prince Hal in Henry IV, Part I in 1993. I was 20 years old, it was my first Shakespeare play and my first stage sword fight. I Geoffrey Kentwouldn’t have willed anyone (other than my mother) to see it, but it unknowingly set the hook for me in my two favorite types of theatre: Classical and Action.
  • Why are you an actor? I’m a huge fan of collaborative art. The idea that a roomful of designers and artists collaborate together to create any given play, and that it is ephemeral, and then is gone and you move on to another collaboration.
  • What would you be doing for a career if you weren’t an actor? I’d likely either teach … anything … or have found my way to work for the National Parks with trails underfoot. (Photo above by Zachary Andrews.)
  • Peter OTooleIdeal scene partner: Peter O’Toole. He is my favorite blend of epic comic timing and bottomless pathos when needed. I’m not sure there is anything he could not do, and do well.
  • Why does this play matter?: As You Like It manages to give you four very different views of love, which shows how dynamic it can be – and rocky. Any opportunity to watch characters and people have a second chance to pursue a passion is infectious and worth watching.
  • What do you hope the audience gets out of experiencing As You Like It? As always with Shakespeare, I hope it provokes them to see more. It is more accessible than people think, and this show should be very inviting. But even if they leave holding a loved one closer, it is a win.
  • Complete this sentence: “All I want is …” security, laughter and a great Chihuahua.

More ‘Meet the Cast’ profiles:
Molly Brennan, Red Queen and others, Lookingglass Alice
Maurice Jones, Orlando in As You Like It
Geoffrey Kent, Actor, Assistant Director, Fight Director in As You Like It
Samuel Taylor, the White Knight in Lookingglass Alice

As You Like It: Ticket information
By William Shakespeare
Sept. 25-Nov. 1
DCPA Theatre Company
Space Theatre

303-893-4100 or BUY ONLINE

Previous NewsCenter coverage of As You Like It:
As You Like It begins rehearsals: ‘Literally, watch it bloom’
Shakespeare’s largest female role might surprise you: It’s Rosalind
Casting announced for Theatre Company’s fall shows
DCPA Theatre Company giddily going down rabbit hole in 2015-16
Official show page

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