When fortune disapproves of the fallen noble, Rosalind, she takes fate into her own hands. As she flees the oppressive court to the Forest of Arden, a whole host of characters are irrevocably transformed. Love flourishes in adversity, rivals have a chance to be at peace, and exiles have the opportunity to cultivate their inner nobility. A deep heart balances against genuine comedy in a way only Shakespeare can create.

New Fortune welcomes Dan Hodge as Director of AS YOU LIKE IT. Dan Hodge returns to San Diego after a decade of making and acting in Philadelphia. Co-founder of the Philadelphia Artists’ Collective, one of the city’s leading centers of classical theater, Dan holds an MFA from the Old Globe/USD. He is thrilled to reunite with Richard Baird and work with such a diverse array of San Diego theater artists. As director for PAC: Duchess of Malfi, Timon of Athens, Mary Stuart and the Rape of Lucretia, his one-man adaptation of Shakespeare’s epic poem.

An accomplished writer, dancer, musician and actress, Amanda Schaar (Rosalind) has performed in experimental and classical venues across the country. Credits include: New Fortune: Henry V, Birthday Party and Les Liaisons Dangereuses; Bad Players: Measure for Measure, Richard II; North Coast Repertory Theatre: An Iliad, Perfect Wedding, Odd Couple; Sledgehammer: heaven on earth; Southwest Shakespeare Company: As You Like It, The Winter’s Tale, Tartuffe, Othello, Two Gentlemen of Verona, London Assurance, Romeo and Juliet and Cyrano de Bergerac. Amanda holds a BA in Theater from Herberger College of Fine Arts, with highest honors. His new play KILL SOCRATES recently premiered at the Don Bluth Theater in Arizona.

Born and raised in San Francisco, Steven Lone (Orlando) moved here to attend UC San Diego where he earned a degree in theater. Credits include Cygnet Theatre: The Virgin Trial, Pride and Prejudice, The Last Wife, The Motherf**ker with a Hat; San Diego Directory: Roz and Ray; The La Jolla Playhouse: The Uber Driver in Car Plays: Interchange; Moonlight Stage Productions: Anna in the Tropics; Ion Theater: Chad Deity’s elaborate entry.

Richard Baird (Jaques) is an award-winning actor, director and producer. Richard was Associate Artistic Director of the Southwest Shakespeare Company from 2008 to 2009 and is the founding Artistic Director of the Poor Players Theater Company. Richard has been seen across the United States in regional theater. Some acting credits include: New Fortune: Henry V (Craig Noel Award for Outstanding Performance and for Outstanding Direction), The Birthday Party and Les Liaisons Danegereuses. North Coast Representative: An Iliad, The Homecoming, Ben Butler, Holmes & Watson, Betrayal, Romeo and Juliet, Gabriel, Way Downriver, The Tempest; Old Globe: Dolls House; San Diego Representative: Dishonored; Backyard Renaissance: American Buffalo; Arizona Theater Company: Disgraced, Romeo and Juliet; Theater of the Santa Barbara Ensemble, measure for measure; Southwest Shakespeare Company: Cyrano de Bergerac (Arizona Best Actor winner), Taming of the Shrew (Arizona Best Actor winner), Othello, Tartuffe, The Winter’s Tale, The Merchant of Venice; Kingsmen Shakespeare: Macbeth, The Winter’s Tale; Portland Center Stage: A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Oregon Shakespeare Festival: The Winters Tale, Cyrano de Bergerac, Two Gentlemen of Verone; Shakespeare of Santa Cruz: Macbeth. AS YOU LIKE IT marks Mr. Baird’s 51st production of Shakespeare.

AS YOU LIKE IT thrives in an outdoor setting, and our magical Arden Forest will benefit from the natural, tree-lined beauty of the location.

To illuminate Shakespeare’s most musical play, New Fortune has assembled a talented cast of actors, many of whom are also accomplished musicians and singers.

Music by Jaden Guerrero

William Shakespeare song lyrics

New Fortune is delighted to present its first outdoor production at the Outdoor Amphitheater of Westminster Presbyterian Church located at:

3598 Talbot Street, San Diego, CA 92106


AUGUST 3-28, 2022


Evening shows
ALL PERFORMANCES take place from Friday to Sunday




FRIDAY AUGUST 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 22, 26, 27, 28


Tickets are $30 full price

Discounts available for San Diego seniors, teens, military, teachers.

Contact the box office for more details.
[email protected]| (602) 380-3706 |

· WESTMINSTER AMPHITHEATER has no assigned seating.

· Performances take place outdoors in the evening, you may want to dress warm or bring a blanket.

· WESTMINSTER AMPHITHEATER has concrete seats. You may want to bring a low seat or cushion for your comfort during the performance. A few chairs available

The Westminster Amphitheater includes washrooms for our guests and the amphitheater is wheelchair accessible.

· For special needs or requests, please contact the New Fortune Theater Company at [email protected].

Westminster Amphitheater is a tobacco and alcohol free campus

Parking, Westminster Amphitheater has an Upper and Lower Pr

The New Fortune Theater Company rises from the ashes of Poor Players, an award-winning and critically acclaimed San Diego non-profit organization. Also led by New Fortune artistic director Richard Baird, it was praised for producing what poor musicians call “the Shakespeare garage band”. Refounded in 2014, New Fortune is a professional theatre, whose mission encompasses relevant and revealing works from all time. The company was founded by Richard Baird and Amanda Schaar. The inaugural production of New Fortune’s HENRY V opened on St. Crispin’s Day, October 25, 2014, exactly 599 years later. Henry V won critical acclaim and two Craig Noel San Diego Critic Circle Awards for our co-directors Richard Baird and Matthew Henerson and for Richard Baird in the title role. New Fortune’s second production of Harold Pinter’s THE BIRTHDAY PARTY won Best Supporting Actress Noel for Dana Hooley. And our latest production of DANGEROUS LIAISONS achieved similar success and was New Fortune Theater’s highest-attended production to date. Its doors closed since 2017, New Fortune is delighted to return with AS YOU LIKE IT by William Shakespeare.