As You Like It

October 6

December 5, 2021

CST's Courtyard Theater

by William Shakespeare
adapted & directed by Daryl Cloran
conceived by Daryl Cloran and the
Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival

The Beatles meet the Bard and it’s a terrific party. A pandemic-blasting gust of fresh, joyous air that does the spirit good.


A rollicking good time



It’s time to “come together” again in the magnificent setting of the Courtyard Theater! Find yourself transported to the ‘60s, when all you need is love. The irrepressible Rosalind takes refuge in the forest. So, too, does her love Orlando, with much to learn from the woman of his dreams, now disguised in boy’s garb. This high-spirited, music-filled adaptation infuses Shakespeare’s romantic comedy with the hit songs of The Beatles, lifting the playwright’s verse in beautiful harmony with the immortal music of the "Fab Four." More than 20 musical numbers performed live onstage—including favorites like “She Loves You,” “Let It Be,” and “Here Comes the Sun”—make for an exuberant celebration of love and connection.

ASL Interpretation, Audio Description, and Open Captioning logos Chicago Shakespeare is committed to making its performances accessible to all patrons. ASL Interpretation, Audio Description, and Open Captioning services are available.



Video: All you need is love...and Shakespeare

Gallery: As You Like It

Stream: Pre•Amble with Scholar-in-Residence Regina Buccola, PhD


More to Explore

A Note from the Director

Daryl Cloran talks about what makes The Beatles the perfect fit for Shakespeare's most lyrical play.
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Playgoer’s Guide

A brief introduction to the story of As You Like It.
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The Players

Creative Team

Daryl Cloran Adapter & Director

Jonathan Hawley Purvis  Choreography & Fight Choreography

Ben Elliott Music Supervisor

Pam Johnson Scenic Designer

Carmen Alatorre Costume Designer

Gerald King Lighting Designer

Owen Hutchinson Sound Designer

Peter McBoyle Sound Designer

Richard Jarvie Wig & Make-up Designer

Larry Yando Verse Coach

Clare Brennan Assistant Director

Michael Daniel Dashefsky Assistant Music Supervisor

Michael Mahler Music Consultant

Sarah Scanlon Intimacy Choreographer

Rick Boynton Creative Consultant

Bob Mason Casting

Dawn Fenton Production Stage Manager

Katrina Herrmann Assistant Stage Manager, through October 31

Kate Ocker Assistant Stage Manager, starting November 2


Melanie Brezill Celia, through November 14

Ayanna Bria Bakari Celia, starting November 16

Adam Wesley Brown Forest Lord / Hymen / Danny "The Boy" O'Leary

Tony Carter Oliver

Michael Daniel Dashefsky Silvius / Forest Lord / Assassin

Austin Eckert Charles / Amiens

Lachrisa Grandberry Audrey / Mother Russia

Kevin Gudahl Duke Senior / Duke Frederick

Deborah Hay Jaques / LeBeau

Heidi Kettenring Phoebe / Eleanor Rigby

Kayvon Khoshkam Touchstone

Kieran McCabe Forest Lord / William / Jacques de Boys

Steven Pringle Adam / Martext

Liam Quealy Orlando

Lakeisha Renee Rosalind

Kurt Schweitz Forest Lord / Assassin

Nancy Voigts Corin / Duke Frederick’s Assistant

Bridget Adams-King Understudy

Jon Beal Understudy

David Corlew Understudy

Jodi Gage Understudy

Conor Jordan Understudy

Michael Kurowski Understudy, through November 7

Jeff Kurysz Understudy

Tom Ochocinski Understudy

Jeff Parker Understudy

Zac Richey Understudy

Zachary Stevenson Understudy

Janelle Villas Understudy

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