An idyllic Forest of Arden provides the lush backdrop for Shakespeare's glorious romantic comedy of courtiers, clowns, philosophers and provincials—all bewitched by the trials and triumphs of love. Disguised as a boy, Rosalind escapes the perilous court—only to find her heart in peril as she instructs the man she loves on how best to woo a woman. CST's acclaimed Associate Artistic Director Gary Griffin stages this tale of mistaken identity and misguided affection, following his wildly successful CST productions of Private Lives and Amadeus.
Approximate Running Time: 2 hours, 40 minutes (includes intermission)
The acting company is supported, in part, by Carl and Marilynn Thoma.
Generous support for this production has been provided by
Gayle and Glenn R. Tilles.
Music for As You Like It has also been underwritten by the
Gayle and Glenn R. Tilles Music Fund.
As You Like It is presented in the Jentes Family Auditorium.
In a land where brother is pitted against brother, Duke Senior is usurped and banished from his land by his own brother Frederick. A young man named Orlando faces a similar threat at the hands of his elder brother Oliver. To escape harm Orlando sets out for the freedom of the open road—though he’d like nothing more than to remain behind with a young woman he has just met, named Rosalind. But Rosalind, daughter to the banished duke, will soon suffer the same fate as her father, and she too is expelled from the safe harbor of the court. Duke Frederick's daughter Celia refuses to part from her beloved cousin, and the two—disguised as shepherdess and page—flee together, accompanied by the court jester Touchstone to search for Rosalind's father, living in exile in the Forest of Arden.
Disguised as a young man she names "Ganymede," Rosalind is caught off guard when in the midst of the forest she stumbles upon Orlando. As Ganymede she decides to befriend her love and teach him what it truly takes to win and keep a girl's heart—exactly what Rosalind is about to experience when a country girl named Phebe falls head over heels for the new arrival in the forest called Ganymede...Oliver pursues his fugitive brother into the forest, but instead finds love for a young woman whose appearance belies her. Now it is left to Rosalind to untangle this mess of mistaken notions and misguided loves.
– Contributed by the CST Education Department
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