MCLA Fine and Performing Arts Department to Perform Shakespeare's 'As You Like It'


NORTH ADAMS, MA - Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) will present Shakespeare's "As You Like It" Oct. 20-23 at MCLA's Venable Theater. Tickets are $5 with discounts for MCLA students.

This season, MCLA's Fine and Performing Arts Department welcomes Assistant Professor of Theatre Laura Standley. "As You Like It" marks her first production of Shakespeare for the College. In this play, MCLA's student company explores outcasts, power and magical lands. 

"We look forward to sharing this beguiling and bittersweet work with our audiences to open an exceptionally strong season of fine and performing arts," Standley said. "'As You Like It' subverts the traditional rules of romance and takes its characters on a journey into the unknown. Gender roles, nature and politics are confused in a play that reflects on how bewildering yet utterly pleasurable life can be." 

MCLA will host a pre-theatre reception for alumni and families on Oct. 22 at 6:30 p.m. in the Murdock Hall garden level lobby. Guests will pay $15 to attend and receive a complimentary ticket to "As You Like It."  Those interesting in attending should contact Ashley Berridge, director of special events and conference planning, 413-662-5185 or

In addition, a post-show talk back will be held on Oct. 22. Audience members are invited to stay after the show and put questions to the creative team and acting ensemble. The discussion will be lead by Rosanne Fleszar Denhard, associate professor of English and communications at MCLA.

Born in Oklahoma City, Okla., Standley was educated at the University of Central Oklahoma and the University of California-Irvine, where she studied acting. She worked for many years as an actress - both off-Broadway and regionally - with companies such as Jean Cocteau Repertory, The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Judith Shakespeare Company, Long Beach Playhouse and Orange County Shakespeare Festival. Since graduating from UCI, she co-founded Ground Up Productions in New York City, where she began her directing career. 

Standley has taught at University of North Carolina, Charlotte, Stony Brook University, Chapman University and University of California, Irvine. Recent productions include "Burn This," "Pump Boys and Dinettes," "Lobby Hero," "Shape of Things," "bobrauschenbergamerica" and "Lysistrata."

The Fine and Performing Arts Department at MCLA is one of the nation's few interdisciplinary arts programs, offering a foundation in music, theatre, art and arts. Through foundation courses in music, theatre, art and arts management, students gain a broad understanding of the studio, historical, theoretical and economic dimensions of the arts. 

Internship and apprenticeship opportunities include placement in world-class venues such as Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MOCA), Williamstown Theatre Festival, Berkshire Opera Company and Tanglewood, the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

For additional information and to purchase tickets, contact the Fine and Performing Arts Department box office at 413-662-5123.  For more information on the Fine and Performing Arts Department or MCLA, go to majors/fineperformingarts or contact Terrie Pratt at 413-662-5255 or