Fall Foliage Shakespeare on the State House Steps returns to Lost Nation Theater:
As You Like It
As You Like It is the ultimate "Rom-Com" - for no one writes lovesick lads & lasses like William Shakespeare!
And of course - as we return to Shakespeare, as we return to live performance after 16 months - led by director Ann Harvey (the founder of LNT's "Fall Foliage Shakespeare" tradition - we are using the folio!
It feels so fitting to kickoff this 'new start' with the show that began our tradition of Fall Foliage Shakespeare - As You Like It (1995 - also directed by Ann.)
Plus - performing and rehearsing as they would have in Shakespeare's day.
We are so fortunate to have Ann Harvey, noted Shakespeare expert, guiding us all the way!
This is a one-time only, FREE, abridged staged reading on the steps of the Vermont State House.
Cue Scripts (where the word "role" came from) will be used, enough movement to keep it clear for us all what is happening in the story, with music from fiddler Susan Reid and composer Kathleen Keenan.
Audiences are asked to remembers and adhere to social distancing protocols, wear masks, bring your own cushion or blanket, or low chair (you'll be sitting on the steps of the Vermont State House, or on the lawn), and have a great time!
Actors will have clear masks and face shields. Our own "abridged" version will run approximately 90 minutes. There will be no intermission.
This is a free event, tho' donations will be gratefully accepted.
Saturday September 18 2pm.
Our As You Like It bridged staged reading brings together Lost Nation Theater favorites, from recent and wayyyy back seasons! - and some folks we've been wanting to collaborate with for a long time!
Director/Dramaturg: Ann Harvey
Composer: Kathleen Keenan
Fiddler: Susan Reid
Cast will be announced soon!
We dedicate this production to the memory of Lost Nation Theater's longtime champion and Board Chair Anthony Otis.
25 years ago, Anthony was instrumental in getting LNT's Fall Foliage Shakespeare tradition off the ground.
He loved Montpelier, the community, and - the Vermont State House, as a member of "Friends of the Vermont State House", the Montpelier Historical Society, and as a lawyer/lobbyist who worked at the State House a lot!
Anthony left this world earlier this summer, and it is our honor to have the opportunity to commemorate just one way he shaped Lost Nation Theater and secured its future, with this staged reading on the state house steps.
(Lost Nation Theater & Essential Stages first "Fall Foliage Shakespeare" production was As You Like It in 1995, directed by Ann Harvey.)