Proud Producers of the Livermore Shakespeare Festival at Wente Vineyards Estate Winery and Tasting Room
As You Like It
William Shakespeare's
Adapted by Jon Jory
Sense and
Jane Austen's
Livermore Shakes 2015
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I don’t remember Shakespeare ever making so much sense as it did at the Livermore Shakepeare Festival’s rendition of a Midsummer Night’s Dream…
Kathleen W., Yelp Review

lvshakesas-as-you-like-itJennifer Le Blanc, LSF 2012. 
Photo by Gregg Le Blanc,

As You Like It,
A romantic comedy

In the play, two cousins, raised as sisters, prove the power of their love for each other by running away from an oppressive father and regime. In a forest made magical by love, passions are ignited as the rules of society are softened to fit the natural world. As the artifice of society is worn away, that which is truly important becomes clear, and each character finds their own path to happiness: the fathers, the lovers, and even the clowns. Yes, there will be clowns!

All the world’s a stage and all the men and women merely players.
William Shakespeare

Sense and Sensibility,
A comedic romance

Sense and Sensibility still “holds the mirror up to nature” as women and men relegated to rigid societal roles struggle to balance propriety with desire. Perhaps because the story is set in a time and place where society’s rules are so clear-cut, it is easier to appreciate the predicaments we still find ourselves in today. Two sisters express their passion in wildly divergent ways, while miscommunications fueled by gossip threaten their happiness.

lvshakesas-sense-and-sensibilityThomas Gorrebeeck and Elissa Beth Stebbins, 2014.
Photo by Gregg Le Blanc,

I wish, as well as everybody else, to be perfectly happy; but, like everybody else, it must be in my own way.
Jane Austen