Love is merely a madness! Rosalind is banished and with her best friend, Celia by her side, she journeys to a world of exile. But not before catching the eye of love-struck Orlando who is also forced from The Court into the Forest. What ensues is a riotous combination of a feisty cross-dressing heroine, a tartan-clad fool, melodic songs, questionable poetry and laughs aplenty. Will love conquer all, or is it merely a madness?
This production takes the audience through the four seasons, starting in the wintry Duke's court, discovering the blossoming of love in the spring, celebrating a summer night's wedding in the forest, and ending with a beautiful autumn prologue.
Larissa Kokernot has been working in the professional theatre for over 30 years with regional directing credits at Indiana Repertory Theatre, Ten Thousand Things, the Guthrie Theater, The Playwrights' Center, California Repertory Theatre, Project Y at 59e59, La Jolla Playhouse and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival where she was the 2007 Phil Killian Directing Fellow. Larissa served as Artistic Associate of Eye of the Storm Theatre in Minneapolis for 6 years where she directed The Death of the Father of Psychoanalysis (& Anna), Skylight and Two Sisters and a Piano as well as the seeds of many new plays. Larissa has been living and working in the Los Angeles area for 7 years with companies such as Theatre of Note, Watts Village Theater Company and Circle X. She is a founding member of Chalk Repertory Theatre where she has directed Three Sisters, Family Planning (Ovation Awards for Best Play in an Intimate Theatre and for Director), Stray, Full Disclosure and Mommune. Larissa received her B.A. in Theater from Brown University and an M.F.A. in Directing from the University of California, San Diego.
Mandell Weiss Forum, La Jolla Playhouse (UCSD)