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The Storm Theatre & Blackfriars Repertory Present AS YOU LIKE IT 4/30-5/29

The Storm Theatre and Blackfriars Repertory Theatrepresent AS YOU LIKE IT by William Shakespeare from April 30 - May 29, 2010 at The Theatre of the Church of Notre Dame, 114th Street and Morningside Park (one block from Columbia University). Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30pm, Saturdays at 2pm, with an additional performance on Monday, May 3 at 7:30pm. Tickets are $25 and are available at www.smarttix.com or by phone at 212-868-4444.

AS YOU LIKE IT tells the tale of the spirited Rosalind, a young woman banished from her kingdom after her uncle usurps the dukedom from Rosalind's father. Her cousin Celia goes off in solidarity with her into the wilderness. Together, with Rosalind dressed as a young man, the runaways gallivant through the Forest of Arden. Almost imperceptably, they journey from depression to happiness, with faith eventually triumphing over despair, as they find love and adventure with several strange and charming characters.

Set design by Ken Larson, costume design by Laura Bacon Taber, sound design by Amy Altadonna, lighting design by Michael Abrams, musical composition by Tiffiny Gulla and Ed Martin, and stage management by Charles Casano. Directed by Peter Dobbins.

With Erin Berinard*, Laura Bozzone*, Mauricio Tafur Salgado*, Dinh Doan*, Jose Sanchez*, Harlan Work*, Jimmy Gary Jr, Joe Danbusky*, Michael Ensberg, Gregory Couba*, Peter Dobbins*, Charles Casano, Sawyer Mastrandrea, Robert Carroll, Meghan Bloom Fluitt
*Member of Actor's Equity Association

ABOUT THE Storm Theatre
Since 1997, when it was established as a not-for-profit company, The Storm Theatre has drawn upon the resources of its founders, some acting friends and a growing cadre of professional associates whose commitment to theatre has been enhanced by the creative freedom fostered here; as a consequence, utilizing established classics, under-acknowledged gems from the world repertory and vigorous, new visions of life today, The Storm Theatre has succeeded in offering audiences compelling documentation of what it means to be human. In 2007, The Storm Theatre was selected as one of nytheatre.com's "People of the Year." Peter Dobbins, artistic director. Chance Michaels, producing director.

Storms are variously identified with disturbances of the natural atmosphere as well as the landscape of the soul. They can encompass explosions of both an electrical and a passionate nature and have been represented as assaults, sometimes violent, upon fortified citadels or secret, internal retreats. A storm grows from elemental forces and, inevitably, explodes one reality in to another; it is a journey through catharsis to regeneration. Just as the Globe and The Rose portrayed the breadth and complexity of the lives Shakespeare uncovered on those stages, so The Storm was an apt choice to reflect the theatre experiences they hoped to project for their audiences; a reawakening to the awe-inspiring truths of our shared humanity, its beauty and potential.

Peter Dobbins (director) is a cofounder and Artistic Director of The Storm Theatre, and has directed such Storm productions as T.S. Eliot's Murder in the Cathedral, Dion Boucicault's The Shaughraun, and Arrah na Pogue, John Regis's Stavrogin's Confession, Stewart Parker's Spokesong, William Shakespeare's As You Like It, The Tempest, A Midsummer Night's Dream and Twelfth Night, Karol Wojtyla's The Jeweler's Shop, Jeremiah, and Our God's Brother, the North American Premiere of House of Desires by Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz, and the world premieres of The Last Starfighter by Skip Kennon and Fred Landau and Linnea by John Regis. As an actor, he has been seen as T. E. Lawrence in Terence Rattigan's Ross, Alfred Evelyn in Edward Bulwar Lytton's Money and Lolo in Pirandello's Henry IV and has played many leading roles in various regional theatres. He received a B.A. in Communications and Theatre from Temple University and attended Southern Methodist University's Professional Actors Training M.F.A. program. Most recently he directed The Time of Your Life by William Saroyan.

ABOUT BLACKFRIARS REPERTORY THEATRE
Blackfriars Repertory Theatre, an apostolate of the Dominican Friars of the Province of Saint Joseph, was founded in 1998 by Fr. Peter John Cameron, O.P., as a revival of Blackfriars Theatre (1940-1972)-the first professional religious theatre ever tried in New York City and the oldest continuous Off-Broadway theatre in American stage history. Blackfriars provided the proverbial great first break to several acclaimed theatre artists including playwright Robert Anderson, and actors Geraldine Page, Patricia Neal, Anthony Franciosa, Darren McGavin, and Shelley Berman. Like the original Blackfriars, Blackfriars Rep carries on the mission of "producing plays of artistic merit that reflect the spiritual nature of man and his eternal destiny." In its ten years of existence, Blackfriars Repertory Theatre has staged over twenty productions in New York City, regionally, and on tour in its commitment to "theatre dedicated to the human drama."

This performance is made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.

AS YOU LIKE IT will be performed from April 30 - May 29, 2010 at The Theatre of the Church of Notre Dame, 114th Street and Morningside Park (1 block from Columbia University) with performances Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30pm, Saturdays at 2pm and an additional performance on Monday, May 3 at 7:30pm. Tickets are $25 and are available at www.smarttix.com, 212-868-4444.

For more information, visit www.stormtheatre.com.


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