Shakespearean comedy features creative collaboration

asyoulikeit-mackay-forsythe-200.jpgMeadows Theatre has teamed with Addison’s acclaimed WaterTower Theatre for a new production of William Shakespeare’s romantic comedy As You Like It, running Jan. 17-Feb 10 at the Theatre’s home in the Addison Conference and Theatre Centre, 15650 Addison Road. The production is directed by Terry Martin, artistic director of WaterTower Theatre.

SMU students participating in the production include seniors Lauren Hayden and Karoline Kuss and M.F.A. candidates Chad Daniel, Lydia Mackay, Olu Sonubi, Matt Tallman and Ariel Woodiwiss.

As You Like It celebrates the enduring power of love in all its many disguises. Considered one of Shakespeare’s most magical and romantic adventures, its treatment of issues such as political corruption, fraternal rivalry and melancholy serves as a counterpoints to Shakespeare’s exploration of how freedom from the constraints of court, city and even gender can bring about profound self-development. Learn more about the production at; listen to a podcast featuring the actors at the WaterTower blog. (Left, SMU M.F.A. candidate Lydia Mackay and WaterTower actor Dan Forsythe. Photo by Mark Oristano.)

Chekhov’s “Seagull” lands at Meadows Theatre Oct. 10-14

meadows-theatre-seagull-150.jpgThe Meadow Theatre season continues with a restored version of a censored Anton Chekhov masterpiece. The Seagull, directed by guest artist Henry Woronicz, runs Oct. 10-14 in the Bob Hope Theatre, Owen Arts Center.

Developed in opposition to the melodramatic theatre of the 19th century, The Seagull combines both comedy and tragedy in a story of romantic triangles and unrequited love and reflects Chekhov’s view that a life without purpose is no life at all. The Meadows production includes material originally deleted by the Russian censors when the play debuted in the late 1890s. Guest director Woronicz is an acting and directing veteran of Broadway, regional theater and television.

Performances begin at 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday and at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $7 each for SMU students, faculty and staff. For more information, call 8-2787 (8-ARTS). (Clockwise from top left: M.F.A. candidates Joshua Alan Peterson, Lydia Mackay, Ariel Joy Woodiwiss and Kevin Robert Kiler, photographed by Linda Blasé.)