Free French River Park performance begins at 7:30 p.m.

WEBSTER — On Thursday, August 16, Brown Box Theatre Project will transform Webster’s French River Park into the Forest of Arden in its eighth annual Free Outdoor Shakespeare tour of As You Like It.

When a motley cast of characters finds themselves banished from the court, misdirection, desire, and serendipity unite to form a tangled web of identity and love that could only be possible in this pastoral haven, where gender roles, politics, and expectations are turned upside-down. Performed under the stars in idyllic outdoor venues, As You Like It will transport audiences into the heart of one of Shakespeare’s most beloved comedies in a can’t-miss multi-state tour.

Brown Box’s annual tradition will continue the company’s mission of delivering professional, impactful theatre directly to communities in an ongoing effort to transform the way theatre is created and consumed. “As we expand our reach in the Commonwealth, in Boston and beyond the 95 corridor in places like Webster and Fall River, Brown Box continues our efforts to be a regular and reliable source of professional performing arts to communities whose access to theatre is limited by geography or cost,” explains Artistic Director Kyler Taustin.

In keeping with the Brown Box touring model, As You Like It will reinforce the company’s community connections and partnerships in Eastern Massachusetts, marking a significant victory for accessible theatre and creative spaces. Following their opening weekend at the newly renovated Herter Park Amphitheater in Allston, the production will tour throughout Greater Boston and beyond to transform green spaces in Fort Point, the Seaport District, Fall River, Plymouth, Easton, Webster, and Hopkinton into performance venues before traveling south to the Delmarva Peninsula.

As You Like It explores the ideas of liberation and self-empowerment in a politically uncertain time. With her father, the Duke, overthrown, Rosalind is captive to a tyrant relative, restricted and bound by imposed judgment and expectation, and discontent with her circumstances. In this tale of female empowerment, Rosalind takes the necessary action to see her own banishment as liberation, and navigates nature, family, and love even in the most challenging of times. All As You Like It performances are free, outdoors, and open to all audiences.

The eighth Annual Free Shakespeare AS YOU LIKE IT Brown Box Theatre Project is directed by Kyler Taustin. Cast members include Margaret Clark as Rosalind, Austyn Davis as Celia, Drew Cleveland as Orlando, Jesse Garlick as Jaques, James Wechsler as Touchstone, Ben Heath as Oliver, Lizzie Milanovich as Phebe, MacMillan Leslie as Silvius, Spencer Parli Tew as Duke Senior, Adrian Peguero as Duke Ferdinand, Chris Kandra as Corin, Khyati Sehgal as Amiens, Produced by Alex Lonati and Ashley Cabral, Stage Managed by Angela Harrington, Production Managed by Cassandra West, Scenic and Properties Design by Abby Shenker, Lighting Design by Connor O’Brien, Costume Design by Chelsea Kerl, Sound Design by Ryan Blaney, Technical Direction by Derek Epstein, and Fight Choreography by Ben Heath.

For more information visit www.BrownBoxTheatre.org.

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