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Four Weddings and a Forest

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Matt Pfeiffer

JULY 20 - AUGUST 6 | MAIN STAGE

All the world’s a stage in one of Shakespeare’s most popular and rollicking comedies. Following some courtly mishaps, Rosalind, her cousin Celia, and the clown Touchstone escape to the Forest of Arden and revel in nature and the seemingly simple life. As love notes grow on trees and romance rules the land, wit and wrestling, poetry and music create a rare theatrical enchantment. Ages 8+

Production Sponsors:

Sponsored in memory of Fr. Gerard J. Schubert, OSFS, by a grateful DeSales University Community

In memory of Bob Cohen
"Each substance of a grief hath twenty shadows"
(King Richard II, II.ii.14)

Actor Sponsors:

Extras

  • Prologues: join us for insights into the play in an informal setting. Free. Held in the theatre 45 minutes prior to curtain.
  • Opening night, Saturday, July 22nd. Join the PSF actors and staff for a friendly post-show champagne toast.
  • Meet the actors for an informal talk-back after the show Thursday, July 27th.
  • Savoring Shakespeare: specialty dining themed to the play with behind-the-scenes insights Saturday, July 29, 5:00pm and Sunday, July 30, 11:00am (in combination with Troilus and Cressida).
  • As You Like It and The Three Musketeers will play in repertory with the same cast. Please order early for the best seating options.

Reviews

DC Metro Arts

"Filled with music, wit, and a rambunctious spirit. It’s a play about love that radiates love – and it’s a production that’s very easy to love"

"Schulenberg drives this production. Her Rosalind blends elegance, warmth, and a fine command of the language"

Philadelphia Inquirer

"Deft contemporary touches, clever comic business, live music, and an elegant production design"

"Seeing it is an unexpectedly moving experience"

Lehigh Valley Press

"A splendid production"

"One of the best PSF Shakespeare productions ever"

"Marnie Schulenburg, gracious as Rosalind, and then, disguised as Ganymede, in young mans’s attire, creates a charming, cap-wearing Chaplinesque character"

"As Jaques, Peakes commands the stage, especially in the "Seven Ages Of Man" speech. I don’t recall being so moved to tears when I encountered this famous scene in other productions. Peakes’ rendering is exquisite and sublime. Sheer brilliance"

"Joyful, tuneful and glorious"

WHYY/NewsWorks

"Never, until opening night at the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival on Saturday, have I seen "As You Like It" it in a version so clear I thought I was watching it for the first time"

"Great cast"

"There's melancholy , but also great warmth and good spirit and an overall feeling that we're part of the conversations."

"Esau Pritchett is a commanding presence as the banished duke"

Broad Street Review

"Transcendent"

"I thought, ‘This is the epitome of great Shakespeare.’"

"I've seen many stagings of As You Like It and never tire of its charms, but I would not have predicted I would feel so moved, enlightened, and fulfilled after dozens of enjoyable productions over decades of playgoing"

Features

Plot Synopsis

Sir Rowland de Boys has died, leaving behind three sons. Oliver, the eldest, hates his youngest brother Orlando. Oliver learns that Orlando intends to fight the neighboring Duke Fredrick’s wrestler, Charles. Oliver urges Charles to show no restraint in the match.

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Imagine Shakespeare's Journey Home to the Forest of Arden, If You Like

In 1599, the year historians believe that As You Like It was written, William Shakespeare was already a busy, successful poet of the theatre. By then, he had possibly seventeen or nineteen plays already rotating in the repertory of the Lord Chamberlain’s Men. It was the same summer that the Globe Theatre was under construction. England was at war on two fronts with both an Irish rebel­lion and the Spanish Armada. However, in spite of all this, sometimes family takes priority.

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Artists

Cast

Zack Robidas

ZACK ROBIDAS*

Orlando

has appeared in PSF’s Henry V (title role), Love’s Labour’s Lost (Berowne), The Foreigner (David), The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Proteus), Measure for Measure, The Importance of Being Ernest, Othello, The Winter’s Tale, Taming of the Shrew, and Macbeth . Film: It’s Complicated, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Arbitrage, The Golden Scallop, Stereotypically You and the recently completed Empathy Inc. He has also appeared on episodes of Blue Bloods, 30 Rock, CSI NY, Marvel’s Defenders, and Law and Order.

Esau Pritchett

ESAU PRITCHETT*

Duke Fredrick, Senior

was born in Saginaw, MI. He earned a BA in Theatre/Performing Arts from Oakland University in Rochester, MI. He has been working in theatre, television and film for over a decade. This is Esau's first time working at PSF. His theatre credits span the spectrum of contemporary works and classical theatre, especially Shakespeare. Television: HBO’s The Night Of, Netflix’s Orange Is The New Black, Law and Order, Chicago PD and Netflix’s Iron Fist.

Dan Hodge

DAN HODGE*

Touchstone

is proud to be returning to the Festival where he has been seen in Taming of the Shrew, Henry V, Measure for Measure, King Lear and The Winter's Tale.  In the Philadelphia area, Dan has worked with the Walnut St., Arden, Wilma, InterAct, Theatre Exile, Curio and Hedgerow Theatre.  A cofounder of the Philadelphia Artists' Collective he appeared in Changes of Heart, Creditors, Fair Maid of the West, his one-man The Rape of Lucrece, and directed their productions of The Duchess of Malfi and Timon of Athens, and Mary Stuart.  Dan holds his MFA in Acting from the USD/Old Globe, San Diego.

Michael Rossmy

MIKE ROSSMY*

Charles, Sir Oliver Martext

Previously at PSF: Tybalt (Romeo and Juliet) and Fight Director (West Side Story). Broadway: Superior Donuts, Cymbeline.  T.V. and Film: Kevin Can Wait, Banshee, Law and Order, and The Guiding Light. Fight Directing: Troilus and Cressida at New York Shakespeare Festival (2016 Drama Desk nomination for Outstanding Fight Choreography). Michael is a faculty member at The Yale School of Drama and the Stage Combat Supervisor for Yale College.

John William Keabler

JOHN KEABLER*

Oliver

is ecstatic to be making his PSF debut. Selected Regional Theatre: Merchant of Venice, Richard III, It's a Wonderful Life (The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey);  Henry IV part 1 and 2 (The Shakespeare Theatre of DC); Romeo and Juliet, Merry Wives of Windsor, Hamlet, Measure for Measure, the world premiere of In This Corner (The Old Globe). Selected Film and television: Sugar (starring Alice Ripley), Faith, Love and Whiskey; Madam Secretary, 30 Rock, All My Children.  MFA from The Old Globe. Johnkeabler.com

Ian Merrill Peakes

IAN MERRILL PEAKES*

Jaques

12th PSF show (Much Ado, Othello, Shrew among others). Last season included a three theater tour of Charles III at ACT in San Francisco, Seattle Rep and The Shakespeare Theatre in DC; most recently Timon at the Folger. Two Best of Denver Awards. Nominated for six Barrymores (won 3), four Helen Hayes Awards (won one) and the winner of the 2003 F. Otto Haas Award for Emerging Artist. Proud to be a Philadelphia actor. For Karen and Owen.

Sean Patrick Higgins

SEAN PATRICK HIGGINS*

Silvius

PSF debut.Regional: Wintertime (Yale Cabaret); Pericles (Elm Shakespeare Company); The Liar, Much Ado About Nothing, Romeo and Juliet (Livermore Shakespeare Festival); Noises Off, Taming of the Shrew (Idaho Repertory Theatre). Yale School of Drama: Macbeth, Women Beware Women, Winter's Tale, Deer and the Lovers, Paradise Lost. Sean is a proud recipient of the Jerome L. Greene and Wesley Fata Awards. BADA, Oxford. MFA, Yale School of Drama.

Alexander Sovronsky

ALEXANDER SOVRONSKY*

Amiens

NYC: Cyrano de Bergerac (Broadway with Kevin Kline), numerous productions at The Public/NYSF, TFANA, Atlantic Theater, Red Bull Theater, The Pearl. Regional: Shakespeare & Company, Barrington Stage, Walnut St, Shakespeare Theatre of NJ, Hartford Stage, Connecticut Repertory Theater. Internationally, he played the title role in Hamlet at Teatro Franco Parenti in Milan, Italy. He has written music and sound designed for Broadway, Off-Broadway, and numerous regional theaters. Alexander teaches at Mary Baldwin University and George Washington University at their graduate acting programs. AlexanderSovronsky.com

Paul Kiernan

PAUL KIERNAN*

Corin, Adam, LeBeau

is a proud member of Actor’s Equity. Favorite roles include: Cyrano in Cyrano (Hangar Theater), Juror #10 in 12 Angry Men (Pioneer Theater), Petruchio in Taming of the Shrew (Tennessee Shakespeare), Friar Lawrence in Romeo & Juliet (PSF). Film and TV: From the Earth to the Moon, Luck of the Irish, Go Figure, The Cell 2, Ice Spiders. As a writer, his plays have been produced in New York, Florida, Boston, and Michigan. He holds an MFA from Brandeis University.

Dane McMichael

DANE MCMICHAEL

William

is ecstatic to return to the festival for his fourth season. A recent DeSales Graduate, Dane's PSF credits include West Side Story, Taming of the Shrew, Les Misérables, Henry V, Fiddler, and MacBeth. Act I credits: Young Frankenstein, The Crucible, Charley's Aunt, and The Miser. Thanks to his loony family, his peerless peers, his incomparable friends, J.B., P.D., R.W., Wayne Turney, The Apothecary, YOU, and God. "...Improve the quality of life".

Andrew Scoggin

ANDREW SCOGGIN

Dennis

is a senior musical theater major at DeSales University making his PSF debut. He has appeared in Act 1 Productions such as Young Frankenstein the Musical, The Crucible, The Homecoming: A Christmas Story, Showtune, Merry Christmas, George Bailey!, and Bus Stop. He would like thank his family and amazing girlfriend for their constant support.

Michael Covel

MICHAEL COVEL

First Lord

is thrilled to make his PSF debut. Michael is a recent graduate of DeSales University where he's earned a BA in musical theatre. Prior to DeSales, Michael earned an associate's degree in music from Montgomery County Community College. Michael wants to thank all the professors at DeSales for their training and guidance, his family and friends for their support, and God for this opportunity.

Victoria Scovens

VICTORIA SCOVENS

Second Lord

is a transfer sophomore musical theatre major at DeSales and is excited to make her PSF debut. She would like to thank her friends and family for inspiring and supporting her passion for the arts. "You are enough. You are so enough. It is unbelievable how enough you are."

Marnie Schulenberg

MARNIE SCHULENBURG*

Rosalind

NY/Regional: How I Learned to Drive (Second Stage), The Yellow Wood (New York Music Festival dir. B.D. Wong), 24 Hr Plays (dir. Moises Kaufman); South Pacific, The Foreigner, Henry V & Two Gentleman of Verona (PSF). TV: As The World Turns, One Life To Live, Elementary, Manhattan Love Story, Royal Pains, Army Wives, & Fringe. Selected Film: Made for Each Other, Three Sessions and The Golden Scallop.  Yip!

Stella Baker

STELLA BAKER

Celia

is a second-year MFA candidate at Yale School of Drama, where she appeared in Our Lady of 121st St., The Dog Pack Play, Othello, and Everything that Never Happened. Other credits include Styx Songs, and The Quonsets (Yale Cabaret). She holds a BA in philosophy from Reed College, where she appeared in Julius Caesar and The Bacchae and spent a semester with the American Conservatory Theater.

Kelsey Rainwater

KELSEY RAINWATER

Phebe

Regional: Shakespeare Theatre Company: Macbeth (Young Siward/Ensemble). Rutgers Theatre Company: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Helena), Carlo At the Wedding (Eva), Balm in Gilead (Judy). International: Sam Wanamaker Festival at Shakespeare’s Globe (Titania), Shakespeare’s Globe: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Titania). Training: Rutgers University and Shakespeare’s Globe: MFA.

Ilia Paulino

ILIA PAULINO

Audrey

is a recent Musical theatre graduate from DeSales University. She is super excited to be back this summer! Some of her favorite PSF credits include, Ursula in The Little Mermaid, Queen in Rapunzel, and featured ensemble member in The Taming of the Shrew. She will be pursuing a Master's Degree at the Yale School of Drama in the fall!

Stephanie Hodge

STEPHANIE HODGE

Hisperia

returns to the Festival with the fullest of hearts! PSF: Love's Labour's Lost, Julius Caesar, Pericles, 80 Days, Little Mermaid, Rapunzel; Act 1: Crucible, Elektra, Bus Stop. Upcoming: Stephanie directs Act 3's Beauty & the Beast at DeSales University. For her beloveds.

Artistic Team

Partrick Mulcahy

PATRICK MULCAHY

Producing Artistic Director

Since assuming leadership in 2003, Mulcahy has led PSF’s return to artistic excellence and financial stability, built the professional company of artists, oversaw the quadrupling of the endowment, and achieved increasing national recognition for the Festival. Further accomplishments include PSF’s first-ever awards from the National Endowment for the Arts and attracting a company of artists including winners and nominees of the Tony, Obie, Emmy, Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk, Jefferson, and Barrymore awards to the Festival, growth in all income areas, a 75% increase in annual attendance, and the expansion of the number of Actors’ Equity contracts per season. As a professional director, actor and fight director, credits include Broadway, Off-Broadway, regional theatre, television, and radio. Mulcahy has acted with Angela Bassett, Peter MacNicol, Hal Holbrook, Joan Cusack, Don Cheadle, Anne Meara, Milo O’Shea, Cynthia Nixon, Tony Shaloub, Bradley Whitford, and others at the New York Shakespeare Festival, Hartford Stage, Roundabout Theatre Company, Great Lakes Theatre Festival, Syracuse Stage, and the Walnut St. He served as a fight director for Tom Hulse and Timothy Busfield in A Few Good Men on Broadway and for OffBroadway productions starring John Savage, John Mahoney, Marcia Gay Harden, and Patrick Dempsey. He directed Oscar nominee Vera Farmiga in The Real Thing, and, for PSF, directed Julius Caesar (2016), Macbeth (2014), Hamlet (2011), Antony and Cleopatra (2009), The Winter’s Tale (2007), Henry IV, Part I (2005), The Tempest (1999), and acted in and served as fight director for The Taming of the Shrew (1998) and Julius Caesar (1997). Also head of acting at DeSales, Patrick holds an MFA from Syracuse University

Dennis Razze

DENNIS RAZZE

Director/Associate Artistic Director

is the chairman of the theatre department of DeSales University, where he has been a faculty member for the last 33 years. He is also a founding member of PSF. Last summer, he directed PSF’s critically acclaimed production of West Side Story. He has directed many of PSF’s productions including Les Misérables,  Fiddler on the Roof, Oklahoma!, Sweeney Todd, South Pacific, A Funny Thing…Forum, 1776, Cyrano de Bergerac, My Fair Lady, Amadeus, Man of La Mancha, Taming of the Shrew, Twelfth Night, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and As You Like It. Mr. Razze also composed musical scores for PSF’s Cyrano, The Tempest, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Twelfth Night, Romeo and Juliet, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. He recently received the Arts Ovation Award for Performing Arts from the Arts Commission of the city of Allentown.

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CASEY GALLAGHER

Managing Director

has worked at PSF for 19 seasons. Over the years he was the assistant house manager, box office manager, company manager, assistant producer, and director of development. Since 2004, in his role as general manager and later managing director, he has served as the administrative leader of the Festival working very closely with the box office, business, development, marketing and production departments. During this time, PSF subscriptions have more than doubled, income from the annual Luminosity Gala fundraiser has more than quadrupled, and the summer seasonal staff has grown to more than 200. Casey has also been treasurer for the Shakespeare Theatre Association, director of audience services for The People's Light & Theatre Company, a board member for Civic Theatre of Allentown, a peer panelist for the New Jersey Council on the Arts and a judge for the Greater Philadelphia Barrymore Awards for excellence in theatre.  Casey is a member of the PSF Board or Directors and also serves on the board of the Allentown Arts Academy Elementary Charter School.  He looks forward to the future of PSF and its 2030 Vision. Special thanks to David for his work on souvenirs. All my love.

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MATT PFEIFFER

Director

is a Philly born actor and director who is thrilled to be back at PSF for his 19th season. Some previous PSF directing credits include; The Taming of the Shrew, Henry V, Two Gentlemen of Verona, and The 39 Steps. Recent credits include; A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Arden), Hand to God (Philadelphia Theatre Company), and Constellations (Gulfshore Playhouse). Other Credits; InterAct, Walnut St, 1812 Productions, Lantern, Delaware Theatre Co., Orlando Shakespeare, UArts, and UPenn's Mask and Wig. Matt is a twelve-time Barrymore nominee and winner, for his direction of The Whale and The Invisible Hand (Theatre Exile). He's also a recipient of the F. Otto Haas Award. Matt is a proud grad DeSales University. Love to Kim and John.

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BRIAN SIDNEY BEMBRIDGE

Scenic Designer

makes his debut at Pennsylvania Shakespeare this season. Off-Broadway: The Public Theatre, Second Stage Theatre, The Flea. International: Theatre Royal Stratford East in London, Illawarra Performing Arts Centre and Platform Hip Hop Festival in Sydney, Australia, among others. Regional: Guthrie Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Goodman Theatre, Lookingglass Theatre Company (Artistic Associate), The Second City, Victory Gardens Theater, Drury Lane Theatres, Opera Omaha. Honors: LA Drama Critic Circle Awards, LA Weekly Awards, and an Ovation Award.

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DEVON PAINTER

Costume Designer

New York: Pearl Theater Company; Ensemble Studio Theatre; Juilliard. Regional Theatre:  Oregon Shakespeare Festival; Guthrie Theater; Geva Theatre Center; Contemporary American Theatre Festival; American Players Theatre; Denver Center Theatre Company; Folger Theatre; The Studio Theatre; Utah Shakespearean Festival; Westport Country Playhouse. Her costume designs were selected for the exhibit, Curtain Call: Celebrating a Century of Women Designing for Live Performance. Awards: Connecticut Critic Circle Award nominee (I Do! I Do!, Westport Country Playhouse). Education: MFA, University of Texas at Austin.

Masha Tsimring

MASHA TSIMRING

Lighting Designer

is a NYC based lighting designer for performance. Recently: As You Like It (CalShakes); The Garden of Forking Paths (Nichole Canuse Dance Co.);  My Fair Lady (Playmakers Rep); Constellations (Wilma); Grounded (Interact); In the Next Room (Chautauqua Theatre Co.); Minor Character (New Saloon); The Bachelors (Lesser America); Invisible Hand (Theatre Exile); The Price (Triad Stage); MFA - Yale School of Drama. www.mashald.com

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CHRISTIAN KELLY-SORDELET

Fight Director

Christian Kelly-Sordelet: Fight Director, Broadway: Picnic, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Waiting for Godot and No Mans Land, Eclipsed Sunset Boulevard. Off-Broadway: Masked, Slipping, Unlock’d, The Brother/Sister Plays, Kid Victory. Stunt Coordinator for: All My Children, Guiding Light, One Life to Live, School Spirits, and Kevin Can Wait. Christian assisted in: The Snow Geese, Beauty and the Beast tour: South Africa and Argentina. In Fuerza Bruta, Ben Hur Live:Rome, As You Like It, Comedy Of Errors and King Lear in Central Park Most and is a resident fight director at Sante Fe Opera. Christian teaches at: HB studios, The Acting Studio, and City Collage of New York in Harlem.

Alex Bechtel

ALEX BECHTEL

Composer/Music Director/Sound Designer

is a Philadelphia-based theatre artist. As an actor, composer, sound designer, writer & director, Bechtel's work has appeared on the stages of most Philadelphia theatre companies.  He is a graduate of The Pig Iron School for Advanced Performance Training (Graduate of the Inaugural Class, 2013) and The University of the Arts (BFA 2008), where he now teaches Freshman Acting Studio.  Bechtel has received Barrymore Awards for Outstanding Music Direction (Walnut St. My Way)and Outstanding Ensemble of a Musical (Theatre Horizon's Into the Woods). Bechtel was a 2015 and 2016 Finalist for the F. Otto Haas Award for Outstanding Philadelphia Emerging Theatre Artist.

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ALISON HASSMAN*

Production Stage Manager

Alison is thrilled to return to the Festival for productions #11 and #12. New York: Hamilton, The Nutcracker (New York City Ballet, Lincoln Center), Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, Me and the Girls (Roundabout, with Alan Cumming), Cherry Lane, Westside Theatre, 59E59, York, 24 Hour Play Company.  Regional: McCarter, Two River, Delaware Theatre Company, Theater Horizon, Trinity Rep, Bristol Riverside, Premiere Stages, Philadelphia Theatre Company.  As always, for CW and AS.

Caroline Reich

CAROLYN REICH*

Assistant Stage Manager

Carolyn is thrilled to be spending her third season at PSF! New York: Autumn (Billie Holiday Theatre); Esai’s Table, The Surgeon and Her Daughters (Cherry Lane Theatre); National Tour: The Bodyguard (Troika Entertainment), The Bridges of Madison County (NETworks); Regional: West Side Story, Les Misérables (PSF); Beowulf: A Thousand Years of Baggage (Trinity Repertory); Into the Woods (McCarter). Carolyn is a graduate of the University of Michigan and a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association.

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LAUREN STANCZYK

New York Casting/CSA

Broadway, Off-Broadway & Tours: Side Show, After Midnight, A Night With Janis Joplin, Follies, Lombardi, Ragtime, Damn Yankees, Dirty Dancing, The Glorious Ones, Cripple of Inishmaan, Tryst, Urinetown. Other theatre includes: the premieres of Cotton Club Parade, Harps and Angels, Gruesome Playground Injuries, and Golden Age as well as productions of Master Class, Broadway Three Generations, Don’t Dress For Dinner, and Long Day’s Journey Into Night. Theatres: The Shakespeare Theatre of Washington DC, Wilma, Alley, McCarter Theatre Center (Artistic Staff Member), Drury Lane, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Signature Theatre, Kennedy Center, ACT, and Westport Country Playhouse among others

*Member of Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Stage Actors and Stage Managers in the United States

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