There will be one fifteen-minute intermission.
LEAD PRODUCTION TEAM
* Indicates undergraduate BA student
Most likely written toward the end of 1598, first performed early in 1599, and first printed in the First Folio of 1623, As You Like It sits perfectly between William Shakespeare’s comedies of the 1590s and his romances of the early 1600s. The play contains many themes: Romantic Love, Gender, Country versus Court, Time, and Redemption. All these themes (and there are more besides) grow out of a single act that occurs before the play even begins, the act of insurrection. Duke Frederick has ascended to power by overthrowing the benevolent rule of his brother, the former Duke Ferdinand who, along with many of his former allies, have fled the dangers of the new court for the questionable safety of the forest of Arden.
My personal experiences with this play are several. As an aspiring graduate student, I auditioned for multiple theatre programs with Jacques' "A Fool in the Forest" speech. Professionally, I performed in the 2002 production at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, directed by David Bell. Academically, I served as text coach for a production at the College of Lake County, and personally, I participated (this time in the role of Touchstone) in an international Zoom reading of the play, alongside (virtually) a wonderful cast of fellow Shakespeare's Globe, London acting alumni during the early days of the pandemic. In all my experiences with this play it has always been the themes of Time and Redemption that have most affected me.
The chaos introduced into the world of the play by Frederick's coup sets off a series of chain events that test protagonist and antagonist alike. Everything is turned upside down; brother betrays brother, courtiers are forced to adapt to the country while country folk must deal with the encroachment of courtiers onto their land and into their lives, and gender roles are turned upside down as the lady Rosalind disguises herself as young master Ganymede to avoid the new duke's wrath. Throughout all this tumult, there is a growing awareness that Time is passing, always passing, and that though we all begin as infants "mewling and puking in the nurse's arms", the "last scene of all, /That ends this strange eventful history, /Is second childishness and mere oblivion." No character in this play, no matter how vile their behavior nor how ill-advised their choices, is left without the possibility of forgiveness, so long as they are willing to face their flaws and seek redemption. A simple idea that remains incredibly relevant as we move through our own more modern brand of chaos.
Thanks for coming to play with us.
Brian J. Gill, 2022
As You Like It
Duke Senior/Charles the Wrestler
Dean Lesley Walker
Lord / U/S Jacques / U/S Touchstone
Juliana (JuJu) Garcia-Malacara
BRIANA LIVESAY (Rosalind) is a senior with a double major in Theatre Arts and English who originally transferred from the College of Lake County. Previous credits include She Kills Monsters (Tilly), Pretty (Sylvia/Charlotte) and The Glass Menagerie (Laura) at UW-Parkside, as well as Junie B. Jones Is Not a Crook (Lucille), Oedipus the King (Chorus), She Kills Monsters (Evil Gabi), and As You Like It (Rosalind) at CLC.
DELAINA KUZELKA (Celia) is a senior Theatre Arts major with a concentration in Acting. Previous credits with UW-Parkside include Indecent (The Middle: Halina), The Penelopiad (Penelope), Stupid F##king Bird (Nina), Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella (Ensemble), Romeo and Juliet (Juliet), and Silent Sky (Williamina).
MATT GOULD (Duke Senior / Charles the Wrestler) is a junior Theatre Arts major with a concentration in Acting. Previous credits at UW-Parkside include She Kills Monsters (Miles), The Penelopiad (Odysseus/Maid) and as deck crew and an uncredited role as a Janitor in The Thanksgiving Play. Matt is a native of North Texas and a Veteran of the United States Navy.
ALISTAIR WEIME (Duke Frederick / Corin) is a Sophomore Theatre Arts major with a concentration in Acting. Previous credits include She Kills Monsters (U/S Chuck, U/S Vera), Circle Mirror Transformation (James) and The Penelopiad (Swing) at UW-Parkside, and Romeo and Juliet (Gregory) at Fleeing Artists.
AREN GOODWIN (Orlando) is a senior Theatre Arts major with a concentration in Acting. Previous credits include She Kills Monsters (Orcus), The Penelopiad (Telemachus) at UW-Parkside, Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play (Mr. Burns) and Oedipus Rex (Oedipus) at State Fair Community College, and Crimes of The Heart (Barnette Lloyd) at Brownville Village Theatre.
BEN BREWER (Oliver) is a senior Theatre Arts major with a concentration in Acting and a transfer student from State Fair Community College (Sedalia, MO). Recent credits include Indecent (The Middle: Mendel) and The Thanksgiving Play (Jaxton) at UW-Parkside, The Diviners (C.C. Showers), Mr. Burns: A Post Electric Play (Gibson/Homer Simpson), and First Date (Aaron) at State Fair Community College, and Bang Bang, You’re Dead (Josh) at Springfield Little Theatre.
HANS PFRANG (LeBeau) is a senior Theatre Arts major with a double concentration in Acting and Musical Theatre. Previous credits include Indecent (The Ingenue: Avram), The Penelopiad (Laertes/Suitor/Maid), Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella (Jean Michel/Topher U/S), A Number (Salter), A Doll’s House, Part 2 (Torvald), Urinetown, The Musical (Senator Fipp/Ensemble), and Water by the Spoonful (Fountainhead). Hans has also collaborated with Southwest Shakespeare Company’s virtual production of The Roaring Girl (Lord Nolan’s/A Fellow) and Three Brothers’ production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Flute/Peaseblossom). In 2021, Hans attended the Open Jar Institute in New York City.
ALEX ORTIZ (Touchstone) is a junior Theatre Arts major from Ponce, Puerto Rico. Previous credits include The Tourists (Dmetri).
BIANCA GONZALEZ (Amiens) is a senior Theatre Arts major with a concentration in Acting. Previous acting credits include She Kills Monsters (Vera), Proof (Catherine), Pretty (Madeline), and Hope and Gravity (Narrator). She served as Props Head for The Penelopiad, Stupid F##king Bird, and Romeo and Juliet. Bianca also served as Co-Charge Artist for last season’s production of She Kills Monsters.
COLTON SMITH (Adam / Jacques) is a senior Theatre Arts major from Lawrence, Kansas. Previous acting credits include Indecent (Lemml), The Thanksgiving Play (Caden) at UW-Parkside, and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Ed) and The Humans (Erik) at Coffeyville Community College. Recently, Colton served as assistant director for Little Shop of Horrors at the Lawrence Arts Center. Colton was a finalist for the 2022 Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship for Region 3 at KCACTF and won the Playwright's Award at Kansas State Thespian Festival.
CORY PUGEL (Silvius) is a first-year Theatre Arts major with a concentration in Musical Theatre. This is Cory’s debut on the university stage!
ALLISON HAYES (Audrey) is a senior Theatre Arts major with a concentration in Musical Theatre. Previous credits include The Wolves (Sound Designer), Circle Mirror Transformation (Swing and Sound Designer), The Penelopiad (Maid/Iole) at UW-Parkside, James and The Giant Peach (James), She Kills Monsters (Farrah) at State Fair Community College, and The Addams Family (Pugsley) at Next Generation Performing Arts Camp.
JOE SCHWALLER (William / Lord) is a senior Theatre Arts major. Previous credits at UW-Parkside include She Kills Monsters (Steve), Eurydice (Big Stone), A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Domina), and The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Julius the Bailiff).
ANNAGRACE MCCURDY (U/S Rosalind) is a first-year Theatre Arts major with a concentration in Musical Theatre. Previous credits include The Wolves (Soundboard Operator). This is Annagrace’s debut on the university stage!
JORDAN MCGRAW (U/S Touchstone and Jacques, Head Carpenter) is a senior Theatre Arts major with a concentration in Acting. Recent credits include Indecent (The Elder: Otto), The Penelopiad (Icarius/Maid/Percussion), Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella (Sound Board Operator), Little Women (Laurie), The Government Inspector (Director of Schools), and The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Crew). Jordan has also worked as professional mascot characters in NCAA/National Competition.
JULIANA (JUJU) GARCIA-MALACARA (U/S Phoebe) is a junior with a double major in Communication and Theatre Arts, as well as a concentration in Musical Theatre. Regional theatre credits include Bob’s Burgers (Louise Belcher) with Purse String Productions, Kidswrites (Ensemble) and Songbook (Lyrics) at Skylight Music Theater, Lost Girl (Krista/Girl C) and A Christmas Carol (Belinda Cratchit) at Milwaukee Repertory Theatre. Additional credits include Mamma Mia! (Ensemble), Nunsense (Sister Mary Leo), The Laramie Project (Alice Silva), Rainbow Fish (Little Fish), Junie B. Jones (Junie B. Jones), Sister Act (Michelle) at Racine Theatre Guild. Juju served as the Assistant Director for Disney’s The Jungle Book, Jr. and Disney’s 101 Dalmatians Jr. at Racine Theatre Guild.
JANE SEKAS (U/S Celia) is a first-year Theatre Arts major. This is Jane’s debut on the university stage!
JACK TANNER (U/S Silvius) is a first-year Art major. This is Jack’s debut on the university stage!
Assistant Stage Manager
Stage Management Faculty Advisor
Assistant Scenic Designer
Scenic Charge Artist
Assistant Head Electrician
Sound Faculty Advisor
Assistant Props Head
Hair and Makeup Faculty Advisor
Costume Shop Supervisor
Scenic Lab Supervisor
Light Board Operator
Sound Board Operator
Giuliana Soldatelli Damo
Department Administrative Assistants
Theatre Arts Department Chair
Theatre Arts Artistic Director
Scenic Painting Crew
Costume Shop Assistants
Scenic Construction Crew
Giuliana Soldatelli Damo
PRODUCTION TEAM BIOS
BRIAN J. GILL (Director / Fight Choreographer) is an Associate Professor of Theatre Arts. UW-Parkside Theatre directing credits include Book of Days, Hedda Gabler, A Streetcar Named Desire, Midnight and Moll Flanders, Love's Labour’s Lost, Romeo and Juliet, and The Thanksgiving Play. As a member of the adjunct faculty of the College of Lake County, Professor Gill directed Crimes of the Heart, The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, She Kills Monsters, and The Importance of Being Earnest. Chicago acting credits include Goodman Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare, Victory Gardens, Drury Lane Oakbrook, and Remy Bumppo. Milwaukee acting credits include Next Act Theatre, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, Milwaukee Shakespeare, Renaissance Theaterworks, First Stage and Milwaukee Repertory. Regionally, Brian has performed with the Illinois and Texas Shakespeare Festivals, Southwest Shakespeare Company, Theatre at the Center, Allenberry Playhouse, and the historic Ford’s Theatre in Washington DC. Internationally, he has performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre where he trained as a member of the first International Artistic Fellowship. He is a proud member of Actor’s Equity Association, and the Society of American Fight Directors where he holds the rank of Advanced Actor-Combatant.
STAR HOWARD (Assistant Director) is a senior Theatre Arts major with a concentration in Stage Management. Previous credits include The Wolves (Stage Manager), She Kills Monsters (Stage Manager), The Penelopiad (Stage Manager), Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella (Assistant Stage Manager), Romeo and Juliet (Assistant Stage Manager), Stupid F##king Bird (Assistant Sound Designer), and Silent Sky (Deck Chief) at UW-Parkside. Additional credits include Love Stings (Production Intern) and Fishing for the Moon (Production Intern) at Northern Sky Theater.
LAURA L. ARNOLD (Stage Manager) is a 2015 graduate from UW-Parkside. Since graduation, Laura has held many positions at many theaters primarily in south-central Wisconsin. Laura has long been affiliated with American Players Theatre (APT) where they spent three seasons as Assistant Stage Manager, a brief stint as Interim Assistant Production Manager, and several years as Assistant Box Office Manager and Education Coordinator. They will start 2023 as APT’s new Associate Production Manager.
KEVIN NELSON (Scenic Designer) graduated from the UW-Parkside in 2011 and is delighted to return as a guest artist. After 3 years of on the job training, he went on to earn his Master of Fine Arts from Indiana University in 2017. Kevin currently lives in Denver, CO where he works in the scenic design studio for the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. For other selected work, please visit his online portfolio at www.kevinnelsondesign.com.
KATLIN GERLACH (Co-Costume Designer) graduated from UW Parkside in 2014 and is overjoyed to return as an alumnus for this production. She is a freelance Costume Designer, Technician, and Alterations Specialist. Professional Stitching and Wardrobe credits include American Players Theatre, The Florentine Opera, Skylight Theatre, and The Milwaukee Rep. Costume Shop Assistant experience includes Seams Unlimited, Chicago Costumes/Amazing Mascots. Design Credits Include: The Prairie School; The Little Mermaid (Upcoming), Once on this Island, Chicago (Jerry Award for Best Costume), Elf Jr. the Musical, Into the Woods, Suessical, Mama Mia, Drowsy Chaperone (Jerry Award for Best Costume). Formerly Alterations Manager with David’s Bridal, Katlin runs her own alterations small business in Lake Geneva where she lives with her family.
JESSE OCAMPO (Co-Costume Designer) is a senior Theatre Arts major with a concentration in Design and Technology, who originally transferred from the College of Lake County. UW-Parkside credits include She Kills Monsters (Costume Designer), The Penelopiad (Wardrobe Supervisor), Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella (Assistant Costume Designer), Romeo and Juliet (Wardrobe Crew), and The Glass Menagerie (Wardrobe Crew). At CLC, Jesse served as Assistant Costume Designer for Cabaret, Junie B. Jones is Not a Crook, A Doll’s House, and She Kills Monsters. Other credits include wardrobe crew for CLC’s productions of Everyman, Cabaret and The Addams Family.
MICHELLE CATALAN (Hair and Makeup designer) is a Junior Psychology major, with a minor in Theatre Arts. Previous credit includes Stupid Fucking bird, The Glass Menagerie, Cinderella, The Penelopiad, Indecent, She kills Monsters, and The Wolves.
CHRIS PAYNE (Lighting + Projection Designer) Is thrilled to design another show at UW-Parkside. He is a freelance Lighting Designer based in Chicago working in the live event space. He designs everything from corporate meetings to concerts at Wrigley Field. He is excited to return to this theater for this very special production. Most recently he served as Projection Designer for She Kills Monsters here at UW-Parkside. Previous UW-Parkside credits include Lighting Design for Dancing at Lughnasa and Twelfth Night, and Projection Design for Book of Days.
PHIL WOODING (Co-Sound Designer) is a 2011 graduate of UW-Parkside and is thrilled to make a return to this beautiful theater. Since graduation Phil has worked in various theaters, arenas and other venues. He was head of audio for two years at American Players Theatre and also spent a couple years as technical director and head of audio for North Central College. For the last decade Phil has spent much of his time at Paramount Theatre in the suburbs of Chicago. Phil spent several years as a stagehand and sound engineer and now serves as the venue operations manager. Phil is also a proud member of IATSE local 2.
LUCERO MARTINEZ (Co-Sound Designer) is a senior Theatre Arts major. Previous credits include The Penelopiad (Assistant Sound Designer) at UW-Parkside and Twisted Tales of Poe (Prisoner/Musician/Mourner/Cat), As You Like It (Lady/Musician), and The Little Prince (Live Artist) at the College of Lake County. Lucero has also created original music works for CLC’s production of The Emperor's New Clothes.
BETHANNE DUFFY (Co-Props Head) is a 2014 graduate from UW-Parkside and is thrilled to be returning to work on this show. Post-graduation, Bethanne continued her theatre career in a multitude of ways. Most recently, she has directed Secret in the Wings by Mary Zimmerman (Tremper High School) and served as Hair and Makeup Designer for Failure a Love Story (Fleeing Artists Theatre). In the spring, you can find her directing a touring version of Frog and Toad (KUSD). Outside of the theatre, Bethanne recently obtained her master's degree in Library and Information Science and works as a children’s services librarian.
KEVIN DUFFY (Co-Props Head) is a 2013 graduate from UW-Parkside and is excited to be back working with fellow alumni. Kevin has been busy since graduation and can be found involved in local and regional theatre taking part in nearly every capacity. Recent acting highlights include Failure a Love Story, Titus Andronicus, and Death of a Salesman (Fleeing Artists Theatre). Kevin also worked as set dresser for the film Falsely Accused. Some favorite highlights from his UW-Parkside career include playing Herbert in Great Expectations and designing props for Dancing at Lughnasa.
KAMMI KRINGLE (Head Electrician and Choreographer) is a senior Theatre Arts major with an interest in both Acting and Lighting Design. Previous credits include The Wolves (#25), She Kills Monsters (Assistant Lighting Designer), Circle Mirror Transformation (Marty), The Penelopiad (Assistant Lighting Designer), The Mad Ones (Stage Manager), Stupid F##king Bird (Nina/Emma U/S), The Complete Works of William Shakespeare [Abridged] (Head Electrician), The Glass Menagerie (Assistant Stage Manager), and Rodger and Hammerstein's Cinderella (Head Electrician).
JOSHUA CHRISTOFFERSEN (Technical Director) has worked as the Technical Director for the Brown University/Trinity Repertory company MFA program and a Carpenter for Trinity Repertory Company in Providence, RI. Josh has also worked multiple summers in Spring Green, WI as a carpenter at the American Players Theatre, building and sculpting scenery for their exciting outdoor productions. He has also toured for multiple years both nationally and internationally as a Crew Chief and Head Carpenter for Sesame Street Live! and the World Premier Tour of Curious George, The Musical, Live! Josh earned his BFA in Theatre from Emporia State University and received his MFA in Theatrical Design at the University of Iowa.
SAVANA ANDERSHOCK (Assistant Stage Manager) is a sophomore Theatre Arts major with a concentration in Design & Technology. Previous credits include Indecent (Assistant Master Electrician) and The Penelopiad (Deck Crew). Recent acting credits include She Kills Monsters (Narrator) and The Thanksgiving Play (Logan).
TAYLOR IRELAND (Assistant Stage Manager) is a junior Theatre Arts major with a concentration in Stage Management. Taylor served as Assistant Stage Manager for The Wolves at UW-Parkside. Taylor was also the Stage Manager for The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fair(l)y (Stoopid) Tales at Cyclopedic Ensemble, The Diviners, James and the Giant Peach, and Oedipus at State Faire Community College. Other credits include Dearly Departed (House Manager), Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed: The Rock Experience (Crew), and First Date (Light Board Operator) also at SFCC. Taylor was recently seen on stage as Chief Wiggum in Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play.
Casa Capri for ongoing support
THEATRE ARTS SUPPORTERS
The College of Arts and Humanities with the UW-Parkside Foundation gratefully acknowledges the following individuals for their investment in the Theatre Arts Department and students.
Susan M. Cable, D.D.S., '81*
Susan M. Cable, D.D.S., '81*
Dr. Donald A. Cress*
Marie Kohler & Brian Mani*
Laurie & Steve Feiler
Debra Karp & Stephen Smiley
Kim and Jody Sekas
Ruth A. Frear
Dr. Claire M. Hicks
Lisa & Mike Humke
Jeff & Lynn Skatrud
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