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“All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players.” In As You Like It, we follow Rosalind as she ventures into the Forest of Arden. Disguised as a man for safety, and with her cousin and best friend Celia in tow, she finds herself in a rather serious bromance with Orlando. And as if that weren’t enough, a wacky cast of side-characters turns this love triangle into something more resembling an octagon. Identities mixed and shenanigans about in Shakespeare’s classic tale.

Written by William Shakespeare

Directed by Mark Velednitsky

It’s New Years Eve in 1930’s Berlin, and the Kit Kat Klub is alive and in its element, entertaining everyone from soldiers to starving authors. An American writer comes to Germany for the first time and slowly becomes entangled in the romance, politics and parties around him. Cabaret confronts the role of artists and citizens in turmoil and demonstrates a city as it changes over time.

Written by Joe Masteroff

Music by John Kander  |   Lyrics by Fred Ebb

Directed by Lana Cosic

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About Mark Velednitsky

Mark is a third-year graduate student in IEOR. Always a theater lover, Mark acted in eleven Shakespeare shows between high school and undergrad. Previous directing credits include Copenhagen and Spring Awakening. He is grateful to Barestage for giving him his first chance to direct Shakespeare.


Message from the Director

“As You Like It explores and parodies love in its many shapes and forms. Going into the Forest of Arden, each character learns more about and expresses their identity. In this minimalist rendition, we’ll use physical comedy to engage the audience and connect them to the crazy story of mixed identities. Oh, and did we mention the singing fools? Yes, there are those, too. All the world’s a stage.”

About Lana Cosic

Lana is a fourth year undergraduate at UC Berkeley. She’s earning her BA in Cognitive Science with a minor in Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies. As a graduate of the Theatre Department at the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, Lana is trained in stage, cinema, and movement. She is incredibly intrigued by Suzuki and Viewpoints training methods and the physical body in relation to time and space. This is Lana’s third show with Barestage, and her second time directing.
Message from the Director

“This show is so, so important – for history and for artists alike. It’s my hope to explore what it means to embrace the phrase “the show must go on” when it’s pushed to its absolute limits. My vision is to emphasize the importance for art in times when we feel like the world around us is falling apart, as well as explore theatricality at its core: When are we performing, and when are we allowed to be human? To inquire into the role of the artist in their current society (in this case, is it to distract? to mask? to shield or protect?) I really want to emphasize that I do not intend to compare the political mindset of Berlin in the early 40’s to what is happening in our current political climate, though I will emphasize the need and role of art and the theater when we wish to escape what is happening outside of it.”

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