Livermore Shakes 2015

William Shakespeare’s
As You Like It

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Photo by Gregg Le Blanc, CumulusLight.com. Jennifer Le Blanc, 2012.

 
As You Like It, A romantic comedy

In the play known for the famous line “All the world’s a stage,” 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.”

July 16, 17, 18, 19, 23, 24, 26, 30, 31 August 1, 2, 2015

All performances begin at 7:30 pm.

 

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Jane Austen’s
Sense and Sensibility

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Photo by Gregg Le Blanc, CumulusLight.com. Thomas Gorrebeeck and Elissa Beth Stebbins, 2014.

 

Sense and Sensibility, A comedic romance

A romantic tale, set in Regency England, 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. Based on Jane Austen’s beloved novel, this play will transport you to a time and place far, far away, but carry you on an emotional journey quite close to home.

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

July 2, 3, 4, 5, 9, 10, 11, 12, 2015

All performances begin at 7:30PM