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As You Like It
April 2nd - 24th at Barter's Smith Theatre
Special Notice

This project is part of Shakespeare in American Communities, a program of the National Endowment of the Arts in partnership with ArtsMidwest.

Director's Note

“And this our life, exempt from public haunt,

Finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, 

Sermons in stones, and good in everything.”


How do you feel when you walk into the woods? The soft earth beneath your feet, birdsong whistling faintly in your ears, crisp air filling your lungs. It shifts something inside you, doesn’t it? Shakespeare certainly explores how the land beckons us home in As You Like It.

Rosalind, our heroine, is banished from Court and forced to seek refuge in the Forest of Arden. Braving the natural elements comes with a certain level of danger and adversity – however, the forest also reveals beauty and hope. The changing of seasons brings to light the fleeting nature of time, as well as the possibility of change, thus emboldening characters to seize what they want. Here in this exquisite, wild place, removed from the rigid confines of society, everyone is allowed the space to transform. These transformations allow the characters to connect more deeply and authentically with themselves and each other, and ultimately find belonging in both the natural and civilized worlds. 

The resilient return to nature in the face of adversity is a narrative that rings true in our Appalachian region. Hardship born from extraction, the opioid epidemic, and poverty is present here – and yet, many are paving a different path forward by returning to their roots. We see local industry thrive around Appalachian heritage and culture; be it farming the land, ecotourism, music, and the list goes on. The more this region celebrates its authenticity, the more people recognize the value and power of this place.

- Sarah Van Deusen, Director of As You Like It

Cast List

Garrett Houston

Ashley Campos*

Sam McCalla*

Sean Maximo Campos*

Libby Zabit*

Jenna Haimes

Zacchaeus Kimbrell*

Duchess Frederick/Jacques
Paris Bradstreet*

Duke Senior
Michael Poisson*

*Denotes member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors, and Stage Managers in the United States.

Understudies never substitute for listed actors unless a specific announcement for the appearance is made at the time of the performance.

For the role of Orlando: James Hendley
For the roles of Adam/Audrey/Phoebe: Kaci Deakins
For the roles of Oliver/LeBeau: Garrett Summitt
For the roles of Charles/Silvius/Duke Senior: Chris White
For the role of CeliaKailey Kyle
For the role of Rosalind: Sarah Van Deusen
For the role of Touchstone: Jacob Nuti
For the roles of Duchess Frederick/Jacques: Marissa Emerson


Sarah Van Deusen

Scenic Designer
Hana Eichin

Costume Designer
Kelly Jenkins

Lighting Designer
Camille Davis

Sound Designer
Sarah Van Deusen

Original Music
Jacob Nuti

Text Coach
Carrie Smith Lewis

Intimacy Coordination and Choreography
Ashley Campos

Fight Choreography
Sean Maximo Campos

Production Stage Manager
Cindi A. Raebel*

Producing Artistic Director of Barter Theatre
Katy Brown

*Denotes members of the Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors, and Stage Managers in the United States.

Production Crew

Wardrobe Supervisor
Chelsea Bannan

Production Assistant
Lizzie Komosa

Light and Sound Board Operator
Shawn Martin

Sarah Slagle


Premier Sponsor

Season Sponsors

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Eastman Credit Union logo Holston Medical Group JA Street logo
The Martha logo Meade Tractor logo United Company Foundation logo


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