Plays in the Park tickets on sale now

Tickets for "As You Like It" and "Late: A Cowboy Song" are on sale now

Live theater comes back to Redwood Park in Arcata this summer with Plays in the Park’s productions of William Shakespeare’s “As You Like It” and “Late: A Cowboy Song,” by Pulitzer-nominated playwright Sarah Ruhl. “As You Like It,” one of the Bard’s more famous comedies, follows Rosalind, who is banished to the Forest of Arden by her power-hungry uncle and forced to hide her identity from her newfound love, Orlando. She must find a way to Orlando while dressed as a man, hiding her true feelings and feminine ways and flaunting her lightning wit. Who will get their happy ending in Shakespeare’s tale of brothers’ rivalries, passionate love triangles and dueling jests? “As You Like It” is directed by Megan Johnson. In “Late: A Cowboy Song,” Mary is caught between her childhood sweetheart, Crick, and the cowboy, Red. As Crick pulls her in with marriage and a baby, Red gives her the freedom of the open fields and friendship. Infused with music, humor and heart, these characters search for ways to rise above labels using whimsical landscapes and harsh realities as their guides. “Late: A Cowboy Song” is directed by Greta Stockwell.

Plays in the Park opens Friday, August 2 at 7 p.m. with a cast and crew benefit performance of “As You Like It.” The opening weekend continues with a benefit performance of “Late: A Cowboy Song” on Saturday, August 3 at 7 p.m., followed by the Family Day matinee of “As You Like It” on Sunday, August 4 at 2 p.m. All kids age 16 and under are admitted free. Performances continue through September 1 with productions alternating weekends. General admission is $12, $10 for pre-sale. Students and seniors receive a $2 discount. For tickets sales or more information, call (707) 822-7091 or visit www.playsinthepark.org. Purchase tickets online at www.cityofarcata.org/rec. Plays in the Park is a Dream Maker Project of The Ink People Center for the Arts. The plays were produced in partnership with the Arcata Recreation Division and the North Coast Repertory Theater.