Bring Your Own Bard 2015 Season

  • Shakespeare's Servants: February 23
  • Shakespeare's Financial Advice: March 30
  • Shakespeare's Murders: April 27
  • Shakespeare's Rome: May 25
  • Shakespeare's Storms: June 29

7:30 PM
Te Café, 2000 Murray Ave, Squirrel Hill
Pittsburgh PA 15217

BYOB is Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks’ informal scene night in which professional actors and non-actors alike take a crack at their favorite Shakespeare pieces.

Next up: Shakespeare's Servants: February 23

“I will speak to him like a saucy lackey, and under that habit play the knave with him!” - Rosalind, As You Like It, Act III, scene ii

Shakespeare’s plays are filled with memorable leading characters and supporting roles, but what about those other characters? The maids, footmen, cooks and butlers who fill up the stage?

Shakespeare’s servants can be quirky, foolish, scheming, intriguing, bold, cowardly, sometimes even creepy. Explore the colorful world of servitude in Shakespeare.

Storyteller Alan Irvine will emcee and PSIP Artistic Director Jennifer Tober will be present to read several humble characters.

Extra readings will be on hand in case last-minute inspiration strikes. Kids welcome. Beverages and light fare available for purchase.

BYOB takes place at the Te Café, 2000 Murray Ave. (at Beacon Ave) in Squirrel Hill.

Doors open at 7:15 PM, readings begin at 7:30 PM.

Suggested $10 donation at the door to support.

Anyone interested in reading contact, 412.521.6406, or visit us on Facebook at Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks. All proceeds support FREE Shakespeare in the Steel City.

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Thanks for joining us for As You Like It!

Here's a brief slide show commemorating our 2014 production. Keep your eyes open for our 2015 season announcement! Our Bring Your Own Bard reading series resumes in January. We hope to see you there!

Photos by Catherine Aceto

As You Like It Cast [In Order of Appearance]

DIRECTOR: Lisa Ann Goldsmith*
DESIGNER: Lisa Leibering

Orlando—Andrew Miller
Adam—Anthony Gullikson
Oliver—Eric James Davidson
Dennis—John Michnya
Charles the Wrestler—Adam Rutledge
Celia—Elizabeth Ruelas**
Rosalind—Jennifer Tober**
Touchstone—Drew Palajsa
Monsieur Le Beau—Nick Benninger
Duke Frederick—Charles Beikert
Duke Senior—Charles Beikert
Amiens—Eric James Davidson
Corin—Anthony Gullikson
Silvius—Nick Benninger
Jaques—John Michnya
Audrey—Tonya Lynn
Sir Oliver Mar-text—Anthony Gullikson
Phebe—Adrienne Fischer
William—Adam Rutledge
Hymen—Adam Rutledge
Jacques De Boys—Anthony Gullikson

*Member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society
**Member of Actors' Equity Association

Thank you to donors who took part in our 10th Anniversary Indiegogo campaign to support As You Like It.

Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks celebrates 10 seasons of bringing FREE Shakespeare plays to the Steel City!

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10th Season Providing FREE Shakespeare to the Steel City!

All performances FREE to the public!

Artistic Director Jennifer Tober Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks is the city’s only outdoor Shakespeare company and has been offering free productions in city parks since 2005. In 2013, PSIP’s Romeo & Juliet, directed by Helen M. Meade, played to over 1,000 patrons over four September weekends. Celebrating our 10th season this year, PSIP served up As You Like It, (reprising our inaugural 2005 production), featuring Artistic Director Jennifer Tober as Rosalind and playing free to the public in Pittsburgh city parks in September.

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Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks' productions of Midsummer Night's Dream in 2006, Twelfth Night in 2008, Much Ado About Nothing in 2010, Merry Wives of Windsor in 2011, The Tempest in 2012, Romeo and Juliet in 2013, and As You Like It in 2014 were supported in part by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment of the Arts, a federal agency.

PSIP has also received support from the Fine Foundation and The Pittsburgh Foundation's Day of Giving program.