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by Jim Reyland f you do something long enough, with the same enduring success, it can’t help but become a tradition. It’s how

we know where we are and that summer is about to be fall when the Nashville Shakespeare Festival arrives in Centennial Park. PHOTOGRAPH BY JEFF FRA ZIER

NSF Artistic Director Denice Hicks unpacks the medieval wagons and leads her troupe August 14 through September 14 in the festival’s 27th annual Shakespeare in the Park production of As You Like It, featuring original Americana music by David Olney and the X-Rays (“Wait Here for the Cops”) with musical direction by Stan Lawrence.

Emily Landham (Rosalind), Houston Mahoney (Orlando), Amanda Card (Celia) from As You Like It

PHOTOGRAPH BY JEFF FRA ZIER

“Including the audience in the play is our goal,” said Hicks, who started working with the festival in 1990 and was named artistic director in 2005. “Costumed ushers will invite the audience to join the actors in our version of a ‘tent city’, where even in the toughest times, songs are sung, stories are told, and there’s always time for a little buck dancing.”

Amanda Card (Celia) and Emily Landham (Rosalind) from As You Like It

The As You Like It cast is among the finest ever assembled. Emily Landham, who played Juliet in the festival’s 2011 production of Romeo and Juliet, returns to the park this summer in the role of Rosalind. Playing Duke Senior and Duke Frederick will be Nat McIntyre (Oberon in the 2013 Midsummer, and Iago from the 2014 Othello). The romantic interest, Orlando, is Houston Mahoney (Demetrius in the 2013 Midsummer) and the role of the melancholy Jacques, who proclaims that “all the world’s a stage,” will be played by Derek Whittaker (Egeus in the 2013 Midsummer, Brabantio in

Nashville Shakespeare Festival has been chosen by Shakespeare’s Birthplace Trust in Stratford-Upon-Avon as one of ten North American theatre companies to be included in their documentary on Shakespeare in America. We can’t wait to share our production with them in full Nashville style. We are over the moon about this!

– Denice Hicks, NSF Artistic Director 104 | August 2014 NashvilleArts.com

August 2014 Nashville Arts Magazine  
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