Merely Players' As You Like It

$920 of $1,000 goal

Raised by 24 people in 9 months
Jen Alison Lewis  CAMBRIDGE, MA
Merely Players  is delighted to perform William Shakespeare's As You Like It August 18-28, 2016 with eight free performances in Cambridge public parks. Can you help make it happen?

Merely Players is a passion project- a group of actors who are producing our own work so that we have the time and freedom to take our "play" seriously, working deeply with trust, honesty, and joy.

Founder Jen Alison Lewis  spent January 2015 in training at Shakespeare and Company, an experience of intense collaboration and truthfulness. As You Like It is her effort to continue that complexity and clarity of work, sharing it with like-minded colleagues including director Dev Luthra . Focused on channeling universal truths through an open body and voice, our rehearsal process will incorporate some techniques of Shakespeare & Company to challenge the actors within our supportive ensemble. We will share this joyful and brave work with the public in two beautiful outdoor settings in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

As You Like It features fancy people roughing it in the woods- and discovering who they are when they can suddenly be anyone at all. It's a gender-bending romantic comedy full of vicious wit, silly philosophy, uncomfortable truths, bawdy jokes and (true?) love.

Your donation will go directly towards:
- actor stipends: so we can be paid for our work;
- minimal technical needs: so you can see us; and
- marketing: so we can bring this work to a wide
audience free of charge

Donating early helps us as we buy costumes and pay insurance, but a donation at any time is welcome! A few fun incentives are below...

Please join us at the parks in August, and help spread the word!  Thank you for supporting us as we take the reins of our own work and play with- and for- you.
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We open tonight! Thank you all so much or your support. I can't wait to see you at the parks!
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$920 of $1,000 goal

Raised by 24 people in 9 months
Created June 20, 2016
$100
Anonymous
6 months ago
$10
Anonymous
6 months ago
PP
$25
Parker Porfilio
7 months ago
MM
$25
Malia McAvoy
7 months ago

Great performance last night!

CS
$100
Chris Shambaugh
7 months ago
AB
$50
Anne Marie Biernacki
7 months ago

What a charming performance tonight at Longfellow Park! We had a lovely time and enjoyed a show full of heart and passion and fun, resourceful staging on a beautiful night. Thank you!

BB
$25
Burt Beckwith
7 months ago
LT
$10
Lisa Tucker
7 months ago

I'm a little late to the party, but happy to help the little that I can. Looking forward to seeing the show!

AW
$25
Amy West
7 months ago

Looking forward to entering the Forest of Arden!

$25
Lisa Holsberg
7 months ago

Good luck!

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