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Port Chester Theater Company Puts On Shakespeare In The Park

RYE, N.Y. -- A corporate coup takes place, a CEO is exiled into the wilderness surrounded by faithful junior executives, and love is in the air.

If this sounds like the makings of a Shakespearean comedy, that's because it is. Port Chester's Lawn Chair Theatre takes a modern approach to Shakespeare's pastoral comedy, "As You Like It," which premieres Friday evening at Rye Town Park.

"Instead of a royal court, we have a corporation," said director Tal Aviezer. "We wanted to make the play as accessible to audiences as possible."

While all the dialogue remains true to the original script, the set, costumes and accompaniment have been reimagined for the 21st century.

"It's a demonstration of the strength of the play, that it will hold up to whatever we impose on it," said Aviezer.

The production will run for two weeks with three outdoor shows in Rye, Rye Brook and Armonk and three more shows at the Girl Scout House at Port Chester’s Lyon Park. Visit Lawn Chair Theatre’s website for specific dates, times and locations.

Funding for this production was provided by the Port Chester Council for the Arts and the Port Chester Recreation Department.

Friday’s show begins at 5:30 p.m. at Rye Town Park next to Oakland Beach. Admission is free, though there is a suggested donation of $15 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. Parking fees at Rye Town Park will apply.

What Shakespeare plays would you like to see done by Lawn Chair Theatre?

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