In As You Like It, Rosalind is banished by her cruel uncle. She disguises herself as a boy and flee to the Forest of Arden. In this fairy-tale setting, surrounded by courtiers and fools, shepherds and outlaws, the plucky Rosalind becomes a catalyst for change, bringing about laughter, love, and reconciliation.
The Next Stage Ensemble performing in 2005
As You Like It is the play in which these famous lines appear:
All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players:
They have their exits and their entrances;
And one man in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven ages.
Immediately followed by the lesser-known but equally choice verses which my infantile sense of humor finds hilarious:
At first the infant,
Mewling and puking in the nurse's arms
And then the whining school-boy, with his satchel
And shining morning face, creeping like snail
Unwillingly to school.
Rosalind is one of Shakespeare's strongest female characters. You can read more about her at Shmoop.com.
We had over 80 people attend this outdoor theater event. I hope 'The Rover' by Aphra Behn on August 6 draws a crowd too.
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