Ellen Burstyn to star in CSC's As You Like It

Tom Millward
Tom Millward

Classic Stage Company has announced casting for the first production of its upcoming 50th Anniversary season. Beginning on September 13, 2017, John Doyle directs a revival of William Shakespeare's As You Like It, featuring original music by Stephen Schwartz.

A co-production with Bay Street Theater, the full BST cast will reprise their respective roles for the off-Broadway engagement at CSC including Tony, Academy and Emmy Award winner Ellen Burstyn (as Jacques), alongside Quincy Tyler Bernstine (as Celia), Noah Brody (as Oliver/Corin), Hannah Cabell (as Rosalind), André De Shields (as Touchstone), Cass Morgan (as Old Anna/Audrey), Leenya Rideout (as Phoebe), David Samuel (as Charles/Silvius), Kyle Scatliffe (as Orlando) and Bob Stillman (as Duke Frederick/Duke Senior).

Ellen Burstyn won a Tony Award for 'Same Time, Next Year' in 1975 and an Oscar for "Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore" that same year. She won Emmy Awards for her performances in "Political Animals" (2013) and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (2012). She also received Oscar nominations for "Requiem for a Dream" (2001), "Resurrection" (1981), "Same Time, Next Year" (1979), "The Exorcist" (1974) and "The Last Picture Show" (1972). Her Emmy-nominated performances include "House of Cards" (2016), "Flowers in the Attic" (2014), "Big Love" (2008), "Mrs. Harris" (2006), "Pack of Lies" (1987) and "The People vs. Jean Harris" (1981).

Synopsis: "An exiled Duke, his banished daughter, a gentleman in love, and a melancholy traveler. Tony Award-winning director John Doyle and Tony Award-winning composer Stephen Schwartz bring Shakespeare's pastoral romance into the Jazz Age, with lovers in disguise, troubadours in trouble, and some of Shakespeare's most beloved characters."

The creative team behind As You Like It features scenic design by John Doyle (with David Arsenault as Associate Scenic Designer), costume design by Ann Hould-Ward and lighting design by Mike Baldassari.

An official opening night will be announced shortly.


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