Arden/everywhere

By William Shakespeare
Adapted & Directed by Jessica Bauman
Movement Directed by Brandon Powers

Baruch Performing Arts Center NYC
October 8-29, 2017

Photo credit: Russell Rowland

“Arden/Everywhere” re-imagines Shakespeare’s “As You Like It” as a story about refugees. It unlocks the beloved comedy’s deepest heartbeat to tell a distinctly contemporary story – one that looks into to a world of dislocation and exile to discover resilience, reconciliation and love. Performed by professional actors alongside performers from refugee and immigrant communities, it weaves Shakespeare’s text together with their personal stories to bring this 400 year old story firmly into the world of today.

 
As reimagined by Ms. Bauman, this story of exiles in love and in conflict becomes a meditation on immigrants and refugees today, with a multilingual cast that mixes amateurs with professionals.
— Ben Brantley, NY Times
Movement director Brandon Powers choreographs the ensemble in maneuvers that are heartbreaking, joyful, and menacing.
— Zachary Stewart, TheaterMania