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7th Annual Summertime Shakespeare Performance - As You Like It

Friday, Jul 26, 2019 at 7:00pm

The Bloedel Reserve
7571 North East Dolphin Drive
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

BPA’s 7th Annual Summertime Shakespeare performance offers a dramatic summer evening for all ages. Widely considered to be one of Shakespeare's finest comedies, As You Like It offers something for everyone: villainy, romance, humor and a happy ending. This adventurous tale from the Forest of Arden combines the flavor of Robin Hood with romance around every tree. It is a story of disguise and love triangles, and all of the confusion gets sorted out in the end.

This season marks Director Kristi Ann Jacobson’s seventh year with BPA Shakes and her fifth year on the production team. Her love for the Bard’s text began at University and continued with an intensive study at RADA in London and a two-year intensive study/internship with Theatricum Botanicum. She leads a cast featuring BPA favorites and newcomers Gavin Michaels (Orlando), Will Langemack (Adam), Kristopher Jones (Oliver / Oliver Martex / Fight Captain), James Milton (Charles / Corin), Amanda Rae Pease (Rosalind), Citori Luecht (Celia / Dance Captain), Gary Fetterplace (Touchstone), Laura Knight (Duchess Frederick/Audrey), Jaron Boggs (Silvius / Lord), Chapple Langemack (Duchess Senior), Charles Smith (Ameins / Hymen), Liam Sanchez (Jaques), Penny Lukkasson (Le Beau / Phebe), and Logan Smith (Lord to Duchess Senior / Jaques de Bois).

The Bloedel Reserve on Bainbridge Island is an internationally renowned public garden and forest preserve whose mission is to “enrich people’s lives through a premier public garden of natural and designed Pacific Northwest landscapes.” The BPA Shakespeare Society’s summertime performance aligns seamlessly with the founder’s vision “to provide refreshment and tranquility in the presence of natural beauty.”

Picnics and set up for picnics will be allowed in the meadow after 6:00 p.m. Beer and wine will neither be sold nor permitted at this year’s event per regulations under the Washington State Liquor & Cannabis Board. We are required to enforce these regulations to ensure that all patrons are in compliance.

Just over two hours, the production has one intermission. Patrons are advised to bring low lawn chairs; there is limited blanket seating available. Staff members will assist patrons upon their arrival in the meadow. Seating on blankets will be in front; seating in elevated chairs will be in rear. Space is limited, and seating is first come first served. As there is no ADA parking close to the stage, patrons requiring handicap access can make use of a Shuttle drop off at the stage area. Patrons shall please note that the audience area is a grassy region and that there is no paved access to the meadow.

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