Tessa Thompson, Michael Dorn, Diane Venora, John Lavelle Star in L.A. As You Like It, Starting July 10

News   Tessa Thompson, Michael Dorn, Diane Venora, John Lavelle Star in L.A. As You Like It, Starting July 10
 
The Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles' production of As You Like It begins its limited engagement July 10 at The Japanese Garden on the grounds of the VA West Los Angeles Healthcare Center Campus.

Tessa Thompson
Tessa Thompson

Directed by Royal Shakespeare Company artist Kenn Sabberton, performances are scheduled through July 29.

The cast features Tessa Thompson as Rosalind; Peter Cambor as Orlando; Michael Dorn as both Duke Frederick and Duke Senior; Diane Venora as Jacques; John Lavelle as Touchstone; and Tony Abatemarco as Adam and Corin. The company also includes McKinley Belcher, Brian Joseph, Gabriella Rhodeen, Andrew Schwartz and Lindsay Rae Taylor.

Director Sabberton, press notes state, has set the play in "present-day Los Angeles, where Shakespeare’s court is likened to the corridors of governmental and corporate power and financial influence, and where the events of the day have brought about a sorry and sour state of affairs, stemming from family strife and political maneuverings among the characters."

Ben Donenberg, artistic director of The Shakespeare Center, said in a previous statement, "We are returning to the VA grounds to present Shakespeare — this time at the Japanese Garden, one of the loveliest outdoor venues on the West Side. Here we have a chance to enjoy one of Shakespeare's most popular comedies, with a great company of wonderful Los Angeles Shakespearean actors, led by a 10-year veteran of the Royal Shakespeare Company, complete with live music — an important part of our productions — on a lovely mid-summer evening, with al fresco dining. Additionally this allows us to continue working with Veterans, who will serve as valued members of our backstage and front of house team. Two veterans will also be part of the performing company, and we are making complimentary tickets available to active military personnel and veterans.”

The production also features original music by Brian Joseph with scenery by Gary Wissmann, costumes by Holly Poe Durbin and lighting by Trevor Norton. The Japanese Garden on the grounds of the West Los Angeles VA is at 11301 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. For tickets visit shakespearecenter.org. For information about the ticket program for active military and veterans, call SCLA at (213) 481-2273.

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