As You Like It
Durham Fruit Company
305 S. Dillard St.
March 7-9, 2019
Director: Leo Egger
Stage Manager: Rachel Emrick
Composer: Milo Fryling
Lighting Designer: Gabe Whitnack
Set Designer: Jennie Alwood
Costume Designer: Julia Haws
Head of Props: Holly Zimmerman
Head of Sound: Ethelia Holt
Cellist: Spencer Adler
Cast (In Order of Appearance)
“The Director”, Hymen: Susan Johns
Adam, Amiens: Pamela Alberda
Orlando: Zechariah Woodard
Oliver: Oliver Egger
Charles/Silvius/Forester: Ryan Hiemenz
Rosalind: Veronica Gilligan
Celia: Christina Boxberger
Touchstone: Victoria Christian
Le Beau, Lord 1, Phebe: Deva Holliman
Duke Frederick, Duke Senior: Daniel Egger
Aubrey, Lord of Duke Frederick: Dan Duffy
Corin, Attendant in Court: Cathy Emrick
Jaques De Boys, Violinist, Lord 3, Attendant in Court: Lucie Ciccone
Jaques, Attendant in Court: Stephanie Minervino
The Deer, Attendant in Court: Leila Esme
Wilma, Attendant in Court: Ariella Richman
Lord 2, Attendant in Court: Milo Fryling
Mr. Donaldson, David Herskovits, Timothy Walter, Patience O’Neil, Julia Pleasants, George Labusohr, Chris Green, Helen Egger, DSA Theater, Ms. Nile, Zack Hersh, Will Johnson, Ben Sempowski, Lauren Lee, Anika Forde, and The Bryce Family.
“Smallness is subversive, because smallness can creep into smaller places and wreak transformation at the most vulnerable, cellular level” - Sarah Ruhl
After three very gloomy tragedies, it felt right that it was time for me to direct a comedy!
The Eno River Players have strived to create a world of childhood play, of freedom, over these past four years all over Durham with students, professors, mothers, fathers, engineers, the young, and the older. This production of As You Like It is a celebration of the unforeseen beauty created by this strange gathering of people outside of a familiar context who are made vulnerable by allowing themselves to play.
The vision for the work embraces the theatrically of the theater in order to connect our audiences more deeply with the work by freeing them from the expectation of judgment and submerging them into experiential childhood. Our collective imagination joins us more intimately with Shakespeare’s work. The Forest of Arden (and the theater itself) acts as an escape into a childhood world, where we can play pretend in the identity-fluid and often silly space born from an unspoken agreement to play along and take imaginary stakes seriously.
Indeed, I see grief in even the most joyous of finales. Before long you will leave this warehouse: streamers will fill the landfill: lights will be boxed away. We will never all be gathered here again but know that the forest will still be waiting.
This show is dedicated to:
Mr. Donaldson, whose mentorship and inspiring mind made me feel seen throughout high school
David Herskovits, who showed me the power of embracing artifice to reveal truth.
"The Eno River Players, under the imaginative direction of Leo Egger, staged a delightful rendition of Shakespeare’s pastoral comedy, As You Like It"
"Egger successfully taps into the playful essence of this romantic tale that explores the vagaries of love, the emotion that prompts the complex response of giddiness and despair. He allows the actors to revel in the activities of the natural world and invited the audience to be a part of the pretense as well, offering a much-needed escape from an all too serious world."