As You Like Shakespeare by the Sea

Screening of Kenneth Branagh's adaptation of Shakespeare's classic, "As You Like It," with special guest David Oyelowo at the historic Warner Grand Theatre.

Proceeds support Shakespeare by the Sea's 2009 admission free stage productions of "As You Like It" and "Love's Labour's Lost."

8 July 2009
6:30 pm Grand Annex Pre Screening Reception
434 W 6th St, San Pedro, CA 90731

7:30 pm Celebrity Introduction at the Warner Grand Theatre
478 W 6th St, San Pedro, CA 90731

8:00 pm Screening of "As You Like It" By William Shakespeare. Adapted and Directed by Kenneth Branagh. Starring Bryce Dallas Howard, Kevin Kline, David Oyelowo, Romola Garai and Alfred Molina.

This film is a Shakespeare Film Company Production presented by HBO Films.

Tickets: $35 Reception & Film; $10 Film Only ($15 at the door)
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June 24, 2009, SAN PEDRO, CA - Shakespeare by the Sea (SBTS), in association with the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, is thrilled to announce that David Oyelowo will introduce a rare screening of Kenneth Branagh's "As You Like It," at the Warner Grand Theatre in Downtown San Pedro on Wednesday, July 8, 2009.

Due to an extended film schedule for the upcoming Jerry Bruckheimer film, "The Sorcerer's Apprentice", Alfred Molina will be unable to introduce the special screening of “As You Like It” for the Shakespeare by the Sea benefit event on July 8, 2009. Shakespeare by the Sea has secured stage and film star David Oyelowo to introduce the film. Molina and Oyelowo star together in the Kenneth Branagh adaptation as Touchstone and Orlando respectively.

David was born in Oxford, the son of a Nigerian prince; he attended the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. He made history at age 24 when he was the first black actor to play a British monarch in a major stage production of "Henry VI" for the Royal Shakespeare Company. David is well known in the UK as a star on the BAFTA award-winning BBC TV series "Spooks", about agents in Britain’s legendary MI5 spy service. Recent credits include: "The Last King of Scotland", the HBO miniseries "Five Days", ABC’s critically acclaimed "A Raisin in the Sun", Anthony Minghella’s last project "No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency", and "Who Do You Love", where he plays the historic blues icon “Muddy Waters.” David most recently wrapped shooting a lead role in the feature "Red Tails". Produced by George Lucas with a cast including Terrence Howard, Bryan Cranston, and Nate Parker, "Red Tails" is a dramatic retelling of the Tuskegee Airmen experience.

"As You Like It" was originally made for HBO Films and only shown in the United States on HBO, with a limited release in Europe theatrically. The film's director, Kenneth Branagh, upon hearing of Shakespeare by the Sea's need to raise funds for its 2009 season, made arrangements for the organization to be able to use one of only 2 print copies in existence for this special event.

The Department of Cultural Affairs has generously offered to provide a host venue at the Historic Warner Grand Theatre in downtown San Pedro - a beautifully restored art deco movie house designed by B. Marcus Priteca (who also designed the Pantages). It is the last of the three original Warner Bros picture palaces left intact in Los Angeles. The Warner Grand Theatre is a facility of the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs and will provide a magnificent backdrop for this film. The event, scheduled for Wednesday, July 8, 2009, will begin with a pre-screening reception in the Grand Annex, hosted by the Grand Vision Foundation, followed by the screening of the movie at the Warner Grand Theatre. The film stars Bryce Dallas Howard, Kevin Kline, David Oyelowo, Romola Garai and Alfred Molina.

Admission Free Summer Shakespeare Tour
Since 1998, Shakespeare by the Sea* (SBTS) has presented quality admission free Shakespeare performances in dozens of communities throughout LA and Orange Counties. In 2008, we toured to 15 communities over 9 weeks and presented Antony and Cleopatra, A Midsummer Night's Dream and The Complete Works of William Shakespeare.... Abridged.

Our Shakespeare Festival Tour is a viable and appreciated community event that targets underserved youth and adults by bringing the Arts to them. Each June through August, we bring our professional productions to neighborhoods, gardens, beaches and parks to perform for families, seniors and individuals from all walks of life. SBTS's audience base is a melting pot of Americana; mixed race, varying educational backgrounds and economic levels. On any given evening you can find an affluent individual sponsor sitting next to a college student, a senior citizen, or a single mother of two who hasn’t graduated high-school. We also have individuals that are being exposed to Shakespeare or live theatre for the first time, or are introducing their children to theatre.

Hundreds of people approach us each season and ask why SBTS doesn't charge admission. Our response is that SBTS is for everyone -- for those who can and for those who would otherwise be unable to afford it. This has been our philosophy from the beginning. And in these trying economic times, accessible Arts programming is even more important. When money is a little tight, taking your friends and family to a play is the last thing on your "to do" list. But when it's free, the performance and the experience make for a nice respite. And even better when it is within your own neighborhood! SBTS is determined to continue to offer these productions for free.

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*Shakespeare by the Sea is a 501(c)(3) arts organization that produces an annual admission-free summer Shakespeare Festival Tour, year-round contemporary theatre productions at Little Fish Theatre (an intimate 65-seat Equity Waiver venue), and youth-based educational arts programs throughout LA and Orange Counties.

SBTS's primary program areas are San Pedro, Wilmington and Harbor City – collectively known as the Harbor Area. The area is the ethnic, working-class port and fishing community of the City of Los Angeles. Our Shakespeare Festival Tour begins at Point Fermin Park in in San Pedro and then travels a 60-mile radius to open-air venues for the entire summer.

SBTS is a member of the Shakespeare Theatre Association of America and the LA Stage Alliance.

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