The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 9.0555  Monday, 15 June 1998.

From:           David J. Kathman <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Friday, 12 Jun 1998 18:46:11 +0100
Subject:        The "As You Like It" Hike

I thought the readers of this list might be interested in hearing about
a theatrical experiment going on in the Chicago area that sounds
interesting.  It's called the "As You Like It" Hike, and as the name
implies, it's a performance of "As You Like It" (by Equity actors)
performed at various locations throughout an actual forest.  The actors
and audience will walk together to each new location, covering about 4
miles all told.  The audience is told to bring a sack lunch, which
everybody will eat together during the supper scene in 2.7.  Hiking
boots are also recommended.

This performance is being put on by the Equity Library Theatre of
Chicago.  I read an interview with the director, but unfortunately I
left it at work and can't remember his name.  Among other things, he
said he was trying to bring a new twist to the summertime tradition of
outdoor Shakespeare, and AYLI seemed like a perfect play for such an
experiment.  The first performance is going to be in the forest
surrounding the Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center on Saturday, June
13 (tomorrow as I write this, but probably the same day the list will
read it), and the next two Saturdays they'll perform near the Kiwanis
Boy Scouts Camp on South Willow Springs Road, part of the Cook County
Forest Preserve.  Since money is not permitted to change hands on Forest
Preserve property, the productions are free, but they suggest that you
mail in at least a $5 donation.  The number for reservations and
information is (773) 761-8621.  I certainly won't be able to go tomorrow
and may not be able to make it the next two weeks, but if anybody on
this list ends up seeing any of the performances (or knows somebody who
sees one), I'm sure others would be interested in hearing a report.

Dave Kathman
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