As You Like It on stage for the 42nd Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival through August 24. 

Actors Jeffrey C. Hawkins (as Oliver, left) and Christine Weber (as Celia, right) whoop it up in Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival’s production of As You Like It at Sand Harbor State Park through August 24. (Photo by Joy Strotz)

Actors Jeffrey C. Hawkins (as Oliver, left) and Christine Weber (as Celia, right) whoop it up in Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival’s production of As You Like It at Sand Harbor State Park through Aug. 24. (Photo by Joy Strotz)

By Jeri Singley

If all the world’s a stage, then surely Lake Tahoe’s Sand Harbor State Park is one of the best seats in the house, especially this year as Shakespeare’s musical comedy—As You Like It—takes the stage at the Sand Harbor Amphitheater during the Annual Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival.

Director Edward Morgan has taken this classic and set it in early 20th century New England, around the time of the second Industrial Revolution.

“We’ve placed Arden in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains. The villains are greedy Industrialists,” Morgan explains in his director’s note. “The exiled Duke is a follower of Emerson, a would-be Thoreau. Rosalind and Orlando are the new Americans. Fiercely democratic, they succeed by merit—not privilege—as they forge a new worldview and sense of equality.”

Actors Torsten Johnson (as Orlando, left) and Betsy Mugavero (as Rosalind, right) star in Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival’s production of As You Like It at Sand Harbor State Park through August 24. (Photo by Joy Strotz)

Actors Torsten Johnson (as Orlando, left) and Betsy Mugavero (as Rosalind, right) star in Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival’s production of As You Like It at Sand Harbor State Park through August 24. (Photo by Joy Strotz)

Gates open at 5:30 p.m. The show is performed at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday, with tickets starting from $15 for children and $25 for adults. Premium seats and tables are available for an additional fee. Shakespeare’s Kitchen, operated by Brimm’s Catering Company, also opens at 5:30 p.m.—serving a variety of appetizers, salads, entrees, and cocktails.  Guests are also welcome to bring their own food and drink to the performance.

“It’s been fun transplanting this brilliant play to American soil. It’s given the text new resonance for us,” Morgan writes. “We hope it does the same for you, and that our version is as you like it.”

PLAN YOUR TRIP
Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival
July 11-Aug. 24
Sand Harbor State Park
2005 Nevada 28, Incline Village, NV 89451
laketahoeshakespeare.com, 800-747-4697