As You Like It

West Linn High School Fine & Performing Arts Dept.

Lighting & Set Design

AS YOU LIKE IT by William Shakespeare – March 2006

Directed by Jessica Middleton Murray, Costume Design by Cheryl Cantwell.
As we were still without our own theatre spaces for a few more months, we performed this production at Portland Community College’s intimate “Little Theatre.”
The concept was thus: the Duke’s ‘court’ was “The Court” – a gated upper-middle class housing development in 1950’s Southern California. To showcase this, I did four ‘brochures’ advertising the stock floor plans and available amenities in this “exclusive” development. In contrast, “The Forest of Arden” was a counterculture (‘beatnik’) coffee house in San Francisco – culturally about as far as you could get from middle class Southern California. The screens were reversed, and had collage-like imagery from beatnik artists of the time, plus slightly hallucinogenic photo imagery of the area.