adapted from Shakespeare’s As You Like It
Directed by Letizia Rivera
The forest of Arden, once home to squirrels, badgers, and the occasional bear, has with the rise of the evil new Duke become a refuge for outcasts. Banished for being the daughter of the good old Duke, Rosalind finds herself there all alone – that is, except for her best friend, one or two hearty jesters, a melancholy lord, a handsome yet inexperienced young man, his vindictive older brother, and a surprising collection of foresters. Through all this she must make her way, disguised for safety as an ordinary wanderer, to find her fortune and whoever it is who has been scrawling her name into the trees.
English Theatre Leipzig presents Arden, a light adaptation of As You Like It with updates for a modern audience, of which we are (almost) certain Will Shakespeare would approve.
Premiere 8th September 2022 at Neues Schauspiel Leipzig!
Other dates: 9th, 10th, 16th, 17th September.
Cast (in order of appearance)
Leon Keim as Oliver, a vindictive lord / the wrestler
Emre Atay as Orlando, his brother
Josiane Segar as Rosalind, the old Duke’s daughter
Jacqueline Fischer as Celia, the new Duke’s daughter
Pablo Franchini as Touchstone, a jester
Armin Hertel as Touchstone, the same jester
Junyu Li as a forester with a violin
Peter Hubbard as Jacques, a melancholy lord
Red right sock as Silvius, a shepherd
Red left sock as Phoebe, a shepherdess
Crew (also in an order of appearance)
Junyu Li & Letizia Rivera, text development
Pablo Franchini, movement instruction
Chiara Funari, costume design
Peter Hubbard, sound design
Tini Sey & Jordan Thieblot, set design
Svea Meyer-Nixdorf, production assistance
Charlotte Kohnert & Peter Gunkel music and vocal instruction
Christoph Giesemann lighting design
Special thanks goes to Teatro Inbiliko, turning 30 this year, who kindly let us borrow the title for our adventure.
SCAB. A Comic Drama in Two Acts by Sheila Callaghan
Anima has plunged into a spiral of self-destruction and is lying on the floor in the “throes of a massive emotional calamity” when her new flatmate comes barrelling in. Christa is perky and self-absorbed, wracked with insecurities. Yet thanks to a set of slightly surreal circumstances, an intense, disturbing friendship quickly ensues under the watchful gaze of a malevolent statue and a dying houseplant.
Scab was first performed at the Women’s Expressive Theatre in New York City twenty years ago.
Premiere 1st December 2022 at Neues Schauspiel Leipzig!
Other dates: 2nd, 3rd, 9th, 10th December.
Anima: Victoria Weber
Christa: Josiane Segar
Alan: Sebastian Geiger
Mary-Androgyne / Mom: Jing Su
Davie / Artie / Angel One: Armin Axt
Jenna / Angel Two: Svea Meyer-Nixdorf
Kellee: Anna Ivanova & Victor Dos Santos
Director: Letizia Rivera
Assistant Director: Svea Meyer-Nixdorf
Stage Manager: Nadja Bonk