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Purchase Rep Presents William Shakespeare’s “As You Like It,” Nov. 2-10

Date Released: 10/18/2007

The Purchase Repertory Theatre presents William Shakespeare’s classic comedy As You Like It, directed by Chris O’Connor. Set in the enchanted Forest of Arden where the line separating reality and fantasy is blurred, As You Like It features one of Shakespeare’s strongest female protagonists in the character of Rosalind. Performances are November 2-10 in the Purchase College Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $20, $15 for seniors and non-Purchase students, and can be purchased by calling the Box Office at 914-251-6200 or online at

Performances are November 2, 3, 8, 9 and 10 at 8 PM and November 4 and 10 at 2 PM.

Season passes are $80 for individuals and $150 for couples, and entitle pass holders to unlimited attendance at all six productions this season. 

Purchase College, State University of New York, is located at 735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase, N.Y.

In As You Like It, Duke Senior, his daughter Rosalind and his niece Celia flee the court for refuge in the forest, pursued by assassins. Rosalind must disguise herself as a man in order to survive. Rosalind falls for Orlando, Phoebe falls for Rosalind—it’s chaos and all ending in marriage and what appears to be happiness.

Director Chris O’Connor is founder and Artistic Director of Mile Square Theatre in Hoboken, N.J. He conceived and produces the annual 10-minute play festival 7th Inning Stretch. His MST directing credits include St. Columba and the River, The Souls of Black Folk, John Redding Goes to the Sea, Charlie Peter's Striking Out the Babe, Warren Leight's The Love of the Game, Jenny Levison's Homefield Advantage, Cyrano, The Scams of Scapin (co-directed with Jeff Steitzer), for which he played the title role, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

As an actor and director, he has been associated with 12 Miles West, A Contemporary Theatre, The Culture Project, Soho Rep, the 78th Street Theatre Lab, Target Margin, Gloucester Stage, Book-It Repertory, City Theatre in Pittsburgh, Provisional Theatre of Los Angeles, The Bathhouse, and Seattle Children's Theatre, among others. His original plays for young people have been produced at the Seattle Children's Theatre and schools in the Northwest. He has taught theatre at Colgate University, Fairleigh Dickinson University, and currently at the Mason Gross School of the Arts. He holds a BFA in acting from Carnegie-Mellon University and an MFA in directing from Rutgers University.

The Purchase Repertory Theatre, featuring students from the School of the Arts, Conservatory of Theatre Arts & Film, creates exciting and bold interpretations of classic and contemporary plays while bringing to the stage for the first time the next generation of actors, designers and technicians.

The Purchase Repertory Theatre Season continues with New Plays Repertory, December 7-15 featuring Moisés Kaufman’s The Laramie Project  and Lynn Nottage’s Intimate Apparel; Anton Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard February 8-16; Derek Walcott’s The Odyssey, February 29-March 8; and Tennessee Williams’ American Blues, April 25-May 3.