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William Shakespeareʼs As You Like It: A Radical Retelling

By Cliff Cardinal

Playwrights Canada Press

“In a blistering indictment of the country we call Canada, Cliff Cardinal challenges us to ask ourselves what role we play and are prepared to play on the path forward. It spares no one, not even the performer himself. It’s a rant, a fool, a stand-up routine and an angry personal essay full of humour, insights and surprises.”

—Peer assessment committee: Aaron Bushkowsky, Tai Amy Grauman and Julie Tamiko Manning


The title of William Shakespeare’s As You Like It holds a double meaning that teasingly suggests the play can please all tastes. But is that possible? With his subversive updating of the Bard’s classic, Indigenous creator and cultural provocateur Cliff Cardinal seeks to find out. The show exults in bawdy humour, difficult subject matter and raw emotion; Cardinal is not one to hold back when it comes to challenging delicate sensibilities.

A black-and-white photo of Cliff Cardinal.


Cliff Cardinal is a poet, actor and playwright. Born on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, Cliff studied playwriting at the National Theatre School. He wrote and performed Huff, Cliff Cardinal’s CBC Special, The Land Acknowledgement and (Everyone I Love Has) A Terrible Fate (Befall Them). Cliff Cardinal and The Skylarks’ song Suicidal Valentine reached #6 on the Indigenous Music Countdown. He lives in Toronto, Ontario.

Photo: Red Works

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