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Shakespeare in the Streets: Love at the River’s Edge

Written by Mariah Richardson
Directed by Kathryn Bentley
Oct 3 — Oct 5, 2019

The world premiere play is based on Shakespeare’s As You Like It and is the culmination of a year’s work in Calhoun County, IL and North St. Louis County, MO. It is part of Shakespeare Festival’s ongoing work to bridge the urban-rural divide and elevate the voices of Midwest artists and residents.

Love at the River’s Edge opens with one of Shakespeare’s most famous lines, “All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players.” The players are Midwestern families and their journey of love, community and reconciliation will take audience members from Pagedale, MO to Calhoun County, IL, with the mighty Mississippi in a starring role.

Cast and Creative

Audrey J. Black (Audrey), Olivia Brodbeck (Ensemble), Tiara Brown (Ensemble), Daniel Clear (Oliver), Kaleb Garrett (Ensemble), Andrew Heffington (Ensemble), Anita Jackson* (Adam), Haylee Kress (Ensemble), Mama Lisa (Duchess), Jason J. Little (Orlando), Victor Mendez (Cecil), Margaret Mischeaux (Cee Cee), Ralph “Jack” Moses (Cashier), Ellie Nolte (Phoebe), Megan Steward (Ensemble), Charity Troupe (Ensemble), Chris Ware (Jackson), Lindsey Watters (Rosalind), and Eric Dean White* (Wittmond)

Set Design by Kendrick Lawson-Knight
Costume Design by Felia Davenport
Composers/Musicians: Syrhea Conaway and Colin McLaughlin
Associate Produced and Assistant Directed by Delaney Piggins
Stage Management by Carolyn Ivy Carter*
Assistant Stage Management by Vanessa Tabourne
Community Engagement Resident: Efua Osei

* Denotes members of Actors’ Equity Association