As You Like It by William Shakespeare

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"As You Like It", is one of William Shakespeare's most loved and often performed romantic comedies. "As You Like It" is the story of a Duke, who when unjustly deposed by his younger brother, Frederick, flees to the forest of Arden. The Duke's daughter, Rosalind, remains at the court until it is discovered that she has fallen in love with Orlando, the son of the Duke's friend. Rosalind flees with her cousin Celia in the guise of two young men to the forest of Arden so that she may pursue Orlando. There she meets a host of interesting characters and when her true identity is revealed love and happiness is finally achieved.

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William Shakespeare, 1564 - 1616 Although there are many myths and mysteries surrounding William Shakespeare, a great deal is actually known about his life. He was born in Stratford-Upon-Avon, son of John Shakespeare, a prosperous merchant and local politician and Mary Arden, who had the wealth to send their oldest son to Stratford Grammar School. At 18, Shakespeare married Anne Hathaway, the 27-year-old daughter of a local farmer, and they had their first daughter six months later. He probably developed an interest in theatre by watching plays performed by traveling players in Stratford while still in his youth. Some time before 1592, he left his family to take up residence in London, where he began acting and writing plays and poetry. By 1594 Shakespeare had become a member and part owner of an acting company called The Lord Chamberlain's Men, where he soon became the company's principal playwright. His plays enjoyed great popularity and high critical acclaim in the newly built Globe Theatre. It was through his popularity that the troupe gained the attention of the new king, James I, who appointed them the King's Players in 1603. Before retiring to Stratford in 1613, after the Globe burned down, he wrote more than three dozen plays (that we are sure of) and more than 150 sonnets. He was celebrated by Ben Jonson, one of the leading playwrights of the day, as a writer who would be "not for an age, but for all time," a prediction that has proved to be true. Today, Shakespeare towers over all other English writers and has few rivals in any language. His genius and creativity continue to astound scholars, and his plays continue to delight audiences. Many have served as the basis for operas, ballets, musical compositions, and films. While Jonson and other writers labored over their plays, Shakespeare seems to have had the ability to turn out work of exceptionally high caliber at an amazing speed. At the height of his career, he wrote an average of two plays a year as well as dozens of poems, songs, and possibly even verses for tombstones and heraldic shields, all while he continued to act in the plays performed by the Lord Chamberlain's Men. This staggering output is even more impressive when one considers its variety. Except for the English history plays, he never wrote the same kind of play twice. He seems to have had a good deal of fun in trying his hand at every kind of play. Shakespeare wrote 154 sonnets, all published on 1609, most of which were dedicated to his patron Henry Wriothsley, The Earl of Southhampton. He also wrote 13 comedies, 13 histories, 6 tragedies, and 4 tragecomedies. He died at Stratford-upon-Avon April 23, 1616, and was buried two days later on the grounds of Holy Trinity Church in Stratford. His cause of death was unknown, but it is surmised that he knew he was dying.
Published September 1, 1963 by Signet. 160 pages
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Time Out Chicago

Walsh’s most bizarre choice is using a wooden puppet to portray Orlando’s aging servant Adam—a random idea that happens to work, as the puppet ends up being the anchor of the production’s most affecting scene.

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From the minute that Lily Rabe stepped onto the stage of the Delacorte as Portia, in helmer Daniel Sullivan's wonderful 2010 production of "The Merchant of Venice," we all had visions of her as Rosalind in "As You Like It."

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Lending superb support are Rhodeen and Amy Judd Lieberman as additional players of the mating game, plus Tony Ambatemarco, Shann Dornhecker, Brian Joseph, Jantzen Baldeck and McKinley Belcher III in multiple roles.

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