Press Release Published April 12th, 2012 ACCESS PRESS KIT & LOGOS

EXTENDED FOR THREE DATES! Shakespeare in the Besthoff Sculpture Garden this May

Due to popular demand NOMA and the NOLA Project have extended the production to include May 23rd, May 24th, and May 25th!

NOMA and the NOLA Project are back in the Besthoff Sculpture Garden for Shakespeare's As You Like It
Performances are May 9, 10, 13, 16, 17, 18, 20, 23, 24 and 25 at 7 pm

Purchase tickets HERE

NEW ORLEANS, LA – Widely regarded as Shakespeare’s smartest comedy, the NOLA Project performs As You Like It in NOMA’s Besthoff Sculpture Garden this May.

"At a time when many New Orleans theatre venues are in transition, we are proud to see NOMA and our Sculpture Garden as a new setting for plays," said NOMA Director Susan M. Taylor. "The NOLA Project is becoming known for these site-specific Shakespeare performances in our Great Hall and Sculpture Garden and it's thrilling to see these locations become an integral part of their plays."

The last collaborative project between NOMA and NOLA Project in the Sculpture Garden earned five nominations from the Big Easy Awards, including Best Comedy of 2011.

“We have been eager to get back into NOMA's Besthoff Sculpture Garden since last year during A Midsummer Night’s Dream and we are thrilled to bring another Shakespeare classic to life for audiences again this spring," said Artistic Director A.J. Allegra. "I am particularly pleased to welcome back company member Kathlyn Carson all the way from Hong Kong to play Rosalind, Shakespeare’s smartest heroine.”
Like A Midsummer Night's Dream, As You Like It will be a promenade production, moving once to different sections of the Sculpture Garden. Patrons are encouraged to bring a blanket or a lightweight folding chair.

ABOUT AS YOU LIKE IT
Shakespeare’s As You Like It pairs two lovers – Rosalind and Orlando – both banished and seeking refuge when they meet in the Forest of Arden. Only one complication prevents their love from flourishing: the lovesick Rosalind is disguised as a man! As she teaches Orlando how to woo a woman her frustration yields to high comedy in this tale of cross-dressing, mistaken identity, and love, filled with poetry, song, slapstick humor, and shrewd observations about human nature.

WHEN: May 9, 10, 13, 16, 17, 18, 20, 23, 24 and 25 at 7 p.m.
Sculpture Garden will open at 5 p.m. with food, libations and beverages for purchase.

TICKETS: Admission is $16, and $8 for students, NOMA members and children under 17. Tickets will be available online and at the Admissions Desk of the museum starting Monday, April 2nd. www.nolaproject.com, or at www.noma.eventbrite.com

WHAT: As You Like It by William Shakespeare

WHERE: NOMA's Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden

WHO: NOLA Project cast James Bartelle, Natalie Boyd, Kathlyn Carson, Keith Claverie, Mike Harkins, Clint Johnson, Kate Kuen, Michael Krikorian, Jason Kirkpatrick, Michael Aaron Santos, Kris Shaw, Michael Sullivan, Alex Martinez Wallace, Kristin Witterschein, and Jim Wright Directed by Sam Dudley.

ABOUT NOLA PROJECT
Founded six years ago, the NOLA Project prides itself on the creation of new theatrical works, high quality performances of relevant great works. By serving as a resource to area students and artists, The NOLA Project hopes to be one of the standard bearers of New Orleans' artistic renaissance, sharing its work in the city and bringing word of New Orleans' revived arts scene to the rest of the country. For more information visit www.nolaproject.com.
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ABOUT NOMA AND THE BESTHOFF SCULPTURE GARDEN?
The New Orleans Museum of Art, founded in 1910 by Isaac Delgado, houses more than 30,000 art objects encompassing 4,000 years of world art. Works from the permanent collection, along with continuously changing temporary exhibitions, are on view in the museum’s 46 galleries Fridays from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Tuesdays to Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The adjacent Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden features work by 61 artists, including several of the 20th century’s great master sculptors. The Sculpture Garden is open seven days a week from 10 am until 5 pm except for Fridays when it's open until 8:45 pm. The New Orleans Museum of Art and the Besthoff Sculpture Garden are fully accessible to handicapped visitors and wheelchairs are available from the front desk. For more information about NOMA, call (504) 658-4100 or visit www.noma.org.

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