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Burning Coal Will Present William Shakespeare’s Pastoral Comedy “As You Like It” Nov. 29-Dec. 16

Burning Coal Theatre Company's cast for "As You Like It" includes (from left) Lori Mahl, Rebecca Bossen, Steph Scribner, and Jade Arnold (photo by the Right Image Photography, Inc.)

Burning Coal Theatre Company‘s cast for “As You Like It” includes (from left) Lori Mahl, Rebecca Bossen, Steph Scribner, and Jade Arnold (photo by the Right Image Photography, Inc.)

Burning Coal Theatre Company will present As You Like It, a delightful early pastoral comedy by English poet and playwright William Shakespeare (1564-1616), written approximately 1599 to 1600, on Nov. 29-Dec. 2 and Dec. 6-9 and 13-16 in the Murphey School Auditorium, near the Historic Oakwood Section in downtown Raleigh, NC.

According to Burning Coal Theatre Company:

About As You Like It

“Shakespeare’s comedic romp follows Rosalind out of the court and into the forest, where all sorts of louts, layabouts, and fools are waiting … to steal her heart! The great comic clown Touchstone and the melancholy Jacques, Rosalind’s beloved Orlando and her trustworthy aid Celia … the forest is alive with love, passion … and tomfoolery!

“Estimated run time: 2 hours.

‘The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.’

About the Director

Mark Sutch, Burning Coal company member, will direct Shakespeare’s As You Like It. Direction at Burning Coal includes Hair and the world premiere of Kelly Doyle’s Blue. Mark joined the faculty of Davidson College in 2006 after serving for five years as artistic associate and casting director for Rhode Island’s Trinity Repertory Company. At Trinity Rep, he directed productions of A Christmas Carol and Suddenly Last Summer, and appeared in productions of Peter Pan, The Henriad, and A Christmas Carol. At the same time, he was artistic producer for the Trinity Summer Shakespeare Project, which toured throughout the Northeast and for which he directed Macbeth, The Comedy of Errors, and The Two Gentlemen of Verona. At Davidson, he has directed Dark Ride, Women Beware Women, Hamlet, and Leading Ladies. He previously taught theater at Rhode Island College and University of Rhode Island, and is a member of Actors’ Equity Association and the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers.

About the Cast and Crew

Lori Mahl (Celia, Phebe, Jaques DB) is a professional actress with 20-plus years of experience on Broadway and on National Tours. Rebecca Bosson (Rosalind, Dennis, Amiens), a recently arrived Raleighian, appeared recently in Burning Coal’s Brigadoon. Jade Arnold (Orlando, Charles, William) last hung around with Burning Coal in Henry V on Trapeze. Tom McCleister (Duke S, Martext, Duke F, LeBeau) is a long-time professional actor with a long line of film, television and stage credits. He most recently appeared with Burning Coal in The Shape of the Table. John Allore (Touchstone, Jaques, Adam) is rehearsing As You Like It while he perform[ed] Shining City on Burning Coal’s main stage. Jeff Aguiar (Oliver, Silvius, Corin, LeBeau), a professional actor from Greensboro, was last seen wearing a kilt in Brigadoon at Burning Coal.

“The lights will be designed by Chris Popowich of Pittsburgh, and the set will be designed by Natalie Hart of Elon University. Costumes will be designed by Jane Stein of Virginia Tech University, and props will be created by Raleigh’s Elizabeth Newton, who teaches at Campbell University. The production stage manager is Elizabeth Gardiner of Raleigh.”

Burning Coal Theatre Company presents AS YOU LIKE IT at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 29-Dec. 1, 2 p.m. Dec. 2, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6-8, 2 p.m. Dec. 9, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13-15, and 2 p.m. Dec. 16 in the Burning Coal Theatre at the Murphey School Auditorium, 224 Polk St., Raleigh, North Carolina 27604.

TICKETS: $25 ($15 students and active-duty military personnel and $20 seniors), except “Pay What You Can” Day on Dec. 2nd, $5 Student Rush Tickets (sold at the door, 5 minutes before curtain), $10 Thursdays, and $15 per person for groups of 10 or more.

BOX OFFICE: 919-834-4001 or





NOTE: Arts Access, Inc. of Raleigh ( will audio describe the 2 p.m. Dec. 2nd performance, which will also be sign-language interpreted.


As You Like It (background): (Wikipedia).

As You Like It (e-text): (1623 First Folio Edition text, courtesy the University of Virginia Library).

As You Like It (study guide): (Utah Shakespeare Festival).

William Shakespeare: (Wikipedia).

Mark Sutch: (Davidson College).


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