Whatley Center to host national tour of “As You Like It”
The Whatley Center for the Performing Arts at Northeast Texas Community College will host a performance of the national tour of Shakespeare’s comedy As You Like It on Friday, April 5 at 7:30 p.m. The show is presented by The Acting Company of New York.
Tickets to the NTCC performance are $25 for adults and $5 for students. As You Like It is sponsored by J.T. and Kaye Brison.
The tour schedule began at the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis in January and will cover 29 cities in 22 states in the coming months. Dan Rothenberg, Artistic Director of Philadelphia’s Pig Iron Theatre has directed Shakespeare’s lushly lighthearted comedy.
“The Acting Company has a reputation for producing theatre at the highest of levels. We are very pleased to host them during their national tour,” Carolyn Franks, Director of the Whatley Center, said.
The superb cast includes actors from the some of the finest acting conservatories in the U.S., cast in New York and through the Guthrie Experience and its training program with the University of Minnesota.
The cast follows in the footsteps of Kevin Kline, Rainn Wilson, Patti LuPone, Jesse L. Martin, Frances Conroy, Hamish Linklater, Harriet Harris, David Ogden Stiers, Jeffrey Wright and Keith David who all began their careers on tour with The Acting Company. Founded by John Houseman and Margot Harley in 1972, The Acting Company has brought 138 productions to 49 states and 10 foreign countries earning a 2003 TONY for Excellence in Theater, Obies, Audelcos and Los Angeles Critics Circle Awards.
“In Shakespeare’s As You Like It characters explore various forms of the stages of life: the natural and the man-made; the selfish and the generous, frightening and embracing and reminds us that we are all,simply mammals, that require the greatest healing of all: love,” Rothenberg said.
Call the Whatley Center box office at 903-434-8181 to reserve your tickets today. Visit www.ntcc.edu/whatley for information about this or other upcoming events.