As You Like It
A film adaptation of William Shakespeare's As You Like It.
This production examines the fluid nature of identity and the ways in which societal constructs affect interpersonal relationships.
Role: Orlando (Lead)
Company: Shakespeare in the Woods
Artistic Director: Katharine Maness
Director: K. Paley
Director of Photography: Marcus Lewis
Shakespeare in the Woods will be mounting a film production of As You Like It, shot in the Green Mountains' early fall landscape.
Pro Love Visuals, a Film Production Company from Long Island, NY (led by Cinematographer Marcus Lewis [he/him]) signs on.
Non-binary, multi-disciplinary artist, K. Paley [they/theirs], will direct this project. Their previous collaborations include Transport Group (NYC), the Long Wharf Theatre (CT), Ensemble Theatre Co. (CA), the Core Ensemble (FL), and the inaugural season of Shakespeare in the Woods (VT). Here, K. shares a glimpse at their directorial vision:
“As You Like It explores the space between societal constructs and human nature. Where does our understanding of gender, sexuality, and status come from? How do these concepts begin to shift as we move away from society into unknown territory? Humans are influenced by two forces: nature and nurture. What happens when the confines of societal law no longer apply? As You Like It sets sisterhood against ego and individualism. The complexity of masculinity is explored through a feminine gaze; thus, we may examine ways in which everyone, regardless of gender, contributes either to the fortification of gender roles, or to their destruction. What does a world look like that is free of patriarchal limitations? We may never know, but we can certainly imagine.”