Alley Theatre to Present AS YOU LIKE IT; Cast Announced!

Alley Theatre Artistic Director Gregory Boyd announces the cast and creative team for As You Like It, the first play of 2015 in the "Alley Theatre @ UH" season. "All the world's a stage" in this masterpiece about romance and mistaken identity. Elizabeth Bunch, Chris Hutchinson, James Black, Jeffrey Bean and Todd Waite lead the company in one of Shakespeare's greatest comedies.

As You Like It traces the separate and intertwining journeys of Rosalind and Orlando, who have each been banished from their home and family. Independently, they each set out with a faithful friend and loyal servant and make their way through the Forest of Arden. Lovers discover lovers, fathers find daughters, brothers reclaim brothers, people are transformed and evil is converted in this delightful story of love.

Alley Theatre Resident Company members Elizabeth Bunch as Rosalind, Chris Hutchinson as Orlando, and Todd Waite as Duke Frederick/Duke Ferdinand lead the cast. The cast of As You Like It also includes Resident Company Members Jeffrey Bean as Touchstone, James Black as Jaques, Charles Krohn as Adam, Melissa Pritchett as Phebe, David Rainey as Corin and Jay Sullivan as Silvius.

Returning to the Alley are John Feltch as Oliver and Nicole Rodenburg as Audrey. Emily Trask makes her Alley debut as Celia. The cast also features musicians Aaron Echegaray on guitar and percussionist Luke Hubley.

As You Like It features scenic design by Kevin Rigdon with costume design by Tricia Barsamian and lighting design by Rui Rita. Music composition and sound design are by Rob Milburn and Michael Bodeen with voice and text direction by Barney Hammond, choreography by Peter Pucci and Assistant Director Brandon Weinbrenner.

As You Like It, by William Shakespeare, directed by Gregory Boyd, begins performances Friday, January 30 opens officially Wednesday, February 4, and runs through February 22, 2015 at the University of Houston's Wortham Theatre. Suitable for general audiences.

As the Alley Theatre undergoes the first major renovation in its history, all 2014-2015 season performances are at the University of Houston's (UH) main campus. Details about the previously announced renovation can be found at www.alleytheatre.org/renovation. Construction on the Alley Theatre building began in July, 2014 and will continue through the summer of 2015, with the grand opening of the renovated Alley Theatre scheduled for October 2015. For more information about the venue at UH visit www.alleytheatre.org/gettouh

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