Monday, July 06, 2009

Shakespeare Festival/LA presents "As You Like It"

After 23 years of fabulous productions the Shakespeare Festival/LA is doing it again by celebrating their 24th summer festival with the comedy As You Like It featuring the AQUILA THEATER on July 11th through the 19th at The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. Shows begin at 8pm and the box office opens at 7pm.

Shakespeare Festival/LA is an outstanding organization that seeks to help the community by bringing plays that they feel will be meaningful and relatable to the people of Los Angeles. As for the AQUILIA THEATER, they are a touring company which focuses on reinterpreting the classics and using new technology in order to broaden the play's audience, which is exactly the goal of Shakespeare Festival/LA. Both groups focus is to bring communities together to enjoy the arts and make them accessible to all people. Moreover, while attendance is free, you do have to pre-order tickets on their website because space is limited. Also, they are asking people to please bring canned food items which they will be donating to the Food Bank of Southern California.

As for the play itself, As You Like it by William Shakespeare is a hysterical production of love and mistaken identity. Two women, Rosalind and Celia are forced to leave their home and decided it is safest to disguise themselves as men in order to avoid harm. However, when they run into people from their past and others in the area, including Rosalind's crush, signals gets crossed and no one is quite sure who is in love with whom. Having read and preformed scenes from this play many times I have to say I highly recommend it. Even if you are not a big Shakespeare fan the physical comedy, love sick characters and comical situations will have you laughing out loud.

So please join Shakespeare Festival/LA for their celebration of their 24 years for a night of exceptional theater and laughs. In fact you can make a whole evening out of it. The Cathedral is conveniently located right by the Metro Red Line Civic Center stop so you can easily abandon your car and the hassle of parking and buy a subway day pass and explore the city. Or simply walk over to Chinatown for dinner from the Civic Center stop before the show. If you need more information on planning a subway trip you can use the ExperienceLA Metro Trip Planner to get directions from your area (Metro Trip Planner is also in beta testing with Google Transit if you want to try that tool!).


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