As You Like It
November 4, 2016 · 7:30 pm -
November 12, 2016 · 9:30 pm
The steep and thorny way to heaven
PLEASE NOTE: This production runs Thurs-Sat through NOVEMBER 26th, with no show on Thanksgiving, Thursday November 24th
What happens when you combine one of Shakespeare’s most beloved comedies, an intimate underground arts club, a gender-bending heroine with a LGBTQ diverse supporting cast, and a master clown at the wheel?
(RSVP or advance ticket encouraged)
SE 2nd & Hawthorne
$22, $10 standing-room rush
Thurs-Sat November 4th-26th
NO SHOW THANKSGIVING DAY Thursday Nov 24th
Doors 7pm, Show 7:30pm, No Late Seating
Local theatre company Speculative Drama, known for its immersive re-imagining of classic stories, is teaming up with underground arts venue The Steep and Thorny Way to Heaven once more, to answer this question and more with our second full Shakespearean production: a site-specific production of AS YOU LIKE IT, helmed by director and master clown Michael O'Neill!
Full of hidden identities, questionable choices, and philosophical fools, As You Like It asks us if love and loyalty can be revolutionary acts, what it means to be a person displaced, and how separating ourselves from everything familiar can help us find our true selves: themes explored in true Shakespearean style through plenty of pratfalls, awkward encounters, and bawdy jokes.
Taking advantage of a compact 20 seat house as well as immersive standing-room zones, we invite the audience to join Rosalind and Orlando as they escape the rigid severity of a sterile and usurped Dukedom, only to unexpectedly discover each other in the emotional and literal wilds at the edge of civilization.
Through discrete playing spaces and immersive staging, audience members are encouraged to follow our leading lady into a forest of gender and class bending heroines, machiavellian uncles and brothers, lovesick heroes, and melancholy foresters, shepherded through it all by the ever-present wit and wisdom of our guide, the fool Touchstone.
Director: Michael O’Neill
Cast: Caitlin Lushington, Tim Fodge, Sean Bowie, Zed Jones, Megan Skye Hale, Jeff Desaultes, London Bauman, Caitlynn Didlick, Chris Porter, and Wendy Wilcox
Stage Manager: Michael Cavazos
Costumes: Kim Anderson
Speculative Drama Artistic Director: Megan Skye Hale, Creative and Technical Director: Myrrh Larsen
Speculative Drama was founded to explore the intersection of classic stories and immersive theatre. Helmed by Artistic Director and London-trained classical and movement actor Megan Skye Hale and Creative Director, Sound Designer and local musician Myrrh Larsen, Speculative Drama aims to reclaim the relevance of myths, fairy tales, and Shakespeare through movement theatre, immersive staging, and site-specific production. In an ongoing collaboration with local underground performance venue The Steep and Thorny Way to Heaven, we place the audience directly into the action of our productions. Combining the principles of site-specific theatre, rich and immersive soundscapes, and an extremely intimate setting, we create an atmosphere of innovation while honoring and maintaining the original texts or source materials.
“Richard III at the steep and thorny way to heaven is a fine example of Shakespeare done really well. I was hooked from the very beginning with crystal-clear storytelling, intelligent portrayals, dynamic relationships, and emotionally invested, active listening in one of the best plays ever written. It was engrossing, funny, thrilling, entertaining... Bravo to the entire company” - Todd Van Voris
“...A formidable re-creation of the earliest versions of Sleeping Beauty. The story, a princess cursed to sleep for 100 years, remains intact. Hale turns the Brothers Grimm classic into a mix of fine art and goth/punk aesthetics set in the Southern bayou.”...”Their physical acting, though more interpretive, is strong.” - Willamette Week http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-24201-brer_rose_(speculative_drama).html
“An old mattress and a semi-nude partner are all London Bauman (Torch) and Tiana Tuttle (Blue) need to provide the captivating and visceral performance of Beirut at The Steep and Thorny Way to Heaven.” … “An extremely moving production” - Willamette Week http://www.wweek.com/arts/2016/05/27/one-couples-intense-immersive-struggle-for-intimacy/