As You Like It Launches Second Annual Bridge Project at BAM

News   As You Like It Launches Second Annual Bridge Project at BAM The Bridge Project production of Shakespeare's As You Like It, under the direction of Academy Award-winning director Sam Mendes, begins performances at the Brooklyn Academy of Music Jan. 12.

For the second season, the Bridge Project – a collaboration between BAM, The Old Vic and Neal Street Productions – returns to New York with a transatlantic company of actors from the U.S. and Britain. Conceived as a three-year venture, the Bridge Project launched in 2009 with The Cherry Orchard and The Winter's Tale.

As You Like It will officially open Jan. 24, followed by The Tempest, which begins Feb. 14 and will officially open Feb. 25. Both productions will run through March 13 in BAM's Harvey Theater.

The company includes Stephen Dillane (Jacques/Prospero), Christian Camargo (Orlando/Ariel), Juliet Rylance (Rosalind/Miranda), Thomas Sadoski (Touchstone/Stephano), Ron Cephas Jones (Charles the Wrestler/Caliban) Michelle Beck (Celia/Ceres), Ashlie Atkinson (Phoebe/Juno), Jenni Barber (Audrey/Iris), Edward Bennett (Oliver/Ferdinand), Alvin Epstein (Adam/Gonzalo), Jonathan Fried (Le Beau/Alonso), Richard Hansell (Amiens/Sebastian), Aaron Krohn (Silvius/Adrian), Anthony O'Donnell (Corin/Trinculo), Michael Thomas (Dukes Frederick and Senior/Antonio) and Ross Waiton (Boatswain, Francisco, First Lord).

The plays feature set design by Tom Piper, costume design by Catherine Zuber, lighting design by Paul Pyant and sound design by Simon Baker with music by Mark Bennett and choreography by Josh Prince.

“Stephen Dillane and I began a conversation about his playing Prospero in The Tempest when I first conceived The Bridge Project back in 2007 and I’m delighted to be finally bringing those plans to fruition," Mendes said in a previous statement. "I have followed, admired and hoped to collaborate with so many of the actors joining this year, adding to my excitement about forming The Bridge Project’s second company, and building on the wonderful experience of our first year. The Bridge Project is a major commitment for actors. It unfurls across nine months with two plays performed across major seasons in New York and London, interspersed with an international touring schedule that takes in Asia and many of Europe’s finest cultural festivals. The first Bridge company was made extraordinarily welcome in the countries we’ve visited and I’m hugely looking forward to making a second such journey.” Following the BAM premiere, the dual productions will tour Asia and Europe before opening in London at The Old Vic in June 2010.

For tickets, phone (718) 636-4100 or visit BAM.

Bridge Project company, from left to right: Thomas Sadoski, Stephen Dillane, Michelle Beck, Ron Cephas Jones, director Sam Mendes, Juliet Rylance, Christian Camargo, Alvin Epstein.
Bridge Project company, from left to right: Thomas Sadoski, Stephen Dillane, Michelle Beck, Ron Cephas Jones, director Sam Mendes, Juliet Rylance, Christian Camargo, Alvin Epstein.
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