July 12 – August 20
When Rosalind must disguise herself as a boy to survive in the Forest of Arden, she has little hope that she will ever meet the dashing Orlando again. But the Forest is full of surprises and unexpected visitors! When Rosalind finds the exiled Orlando hanging love poems on trees, she must keep her wits about her and her identity as secret as possible. But before long our heroine finds herself in the midst of one of the most complicated love triangles Shakespeare ever wrote! A story of love at first sight, As You Like It will leave you writing on trees and looking up at the stars.
Running time: 2 hours, 25 minutes with 1 intermission
The Sun-Times says, “Ideal for the sylvan backdrop of Oak Brook’s Peabody Estate grounds.” The Chicago Tribune says, “First Folio offers something Navy Pier can’t – plenty of greenery, gentle breezes and the chance to stretch out on a blanket with family and friends.”
Directed by Skyler Schrempp
Scenic Design: Angela Weber Miller°, USA
Costume Design: Mieka van der Ploeg
Lighting Design: Michael McNamara°, USA
Sound Design: Christopher Kriz°, USA
Properties Design: Cassy Schillo
Violence Design: Kevin McKillip°
Stage Manager: Miranda Anderson*
Asst. Stage Managers: Sarah West°, Lina Benich
Featuring: Courtney Abbott, Belinda Bremner, Luke Daigle, Karly Hanna, Nicholas Harazin, Bailey Hayman, Amanda Raquel Martinez, Kevin McKillip, Evan Michalic, Robin Minkens, Matthew Moore, Jim Morley, Sierra Schnack, Jared Michael Sheldon, Leslie Ann Sheppard, Micheal Angelo Smith, Vahishta Vafadari, Philip Winston, Sarah Wisterman
All photos by Maia Rosenfeld Photography, LLC
First Folio never cancels a summer show until at least 7:45 PM, so that we can wait and gauge the actual weather patterns rather than relying on forecasts, which are often incorrect and/or generalized to the entire Chicago region, and not our specific location. If we do cancel a performance, we will issue rainchecks which are good for any performance in the remainder of the run of the summer show.
If rain should start after the performance begins, we then base our decision on the severity of the rain. If it’s a light summer shower quickly passing over, the show will continue uninterrupted. A heavier or longer shower might necessitate halting the show and then resuming after the rain finishes. A serious storm will result in our halting the show for the night, at which time we will issue rainchecks per above.