As You Like It

pic production as you like it 2018

by William Shakespeare
directed by Dave Demke+
dance choreography by Caley Milliken
November 29 – December 16
Actors’ Equity Association (AEA*) production
Sponsored by Pat and Ernest G. Kelly, Jr.
in The Owen and Margaret Wellford Tabor Stage at TSC


In his comedic masterwork, Shakespeare boldly reinvents his secret personal loves for the stage.  There is his Dark Lady, his handsome Rival Poet, and his mother Mary Arden.  In exile in the Forest of Arden are the singular creations of Rosalind, Touchstone, and Jaques (“All the world’s a stage…”).  The result of the city-dwellers mixing with those of the country might otherwise have proved a gender-bending, female-driven, frothy scandal on the Elizabethan stage were it not for the revelations of heart and humanity in the woods – a scandal-plagued world righted. 

In nature, Shakespeare’s characters discover little use for the restrictive laws of the court and societal forms.  The wild wood reminds us it is un-natural not to evolve, that clinging to the status quo imperils us.  Shakespeare’s reward for the courage of his new characters is a surprise visit of spirituality in Arden where opposite worlds are united.

The cast includes Caley Milliken*, Paul Kiernan*, Gabriel Vaughan*, Michael Khanlarian, Merit Koch, Nic Picou, Kilby Elisabeth Yarbrough, Claire Hayner, Shaleen Cholera, Carmen-maria Mandley, Marlon Finnie, Stuart Heyman, and Zach Williams.

Tickets are $39.  The November 29 Preview performance is $19.  December 6 and 13 are Free Will Kids’ Nights: children 17 years and younger are admitted free when accompanied by a paying/attending guardian.  Free Will Kids' tickets may only be reserved by calling the box office at (901)759-0604.  Seniors (62+): $34.  Students (18+): $19.  November 30 is Opening Night, which welcomes patrons to a post-show reception with the actors.  Thursday-Saturday performances are at 7:00 pm; Sunday matinees at 3:00 pm. 

General Admission/Free Parking.  All performances take place at TSC’s new home, located at 7950 Trinity Road, Memphis 38018-6297.  Tickets are on sale now at and (901) 759-0604.

+ member, Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers (SDC)