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As You Like It

The Open Eye Theater in Margaretville, NY presents William Shakespeare’s pastoral romantic comedy, As You Like It opening on Thursday, July 17th and running through Sunday, July 27th.

Shakespeare’s pastoral romantic comedy, As You Like It opening on Thursday, July 17th and running through Sunday, July 27th. Written in 1599, this play rings true today with plot twists of romance, treachery, action, deception, and reconciliation. Perhaps the most famous lines from the play, "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." best describes the production of this work. The diverse cast includes Dukes who are brothers, Princesses who are cousins, Lords, shepherds, a shepherdess, a clown, a wrestler, a country wench, and lovers galore. Many of the actors will play more than one part and several roles traditionally played by men will be played by woman. Even the musicians have a turn on the stage.

As You Like It, a comedy of family dynamics, politics, power, banishment, mistaken identity, and love in the Forest of Arden will be directed by Amie Brockway. The play was clearly intended by Shakespeare as a simple, diverting amusement; several scenes in As You Like It are essentially made up of songs and joking banter. The fast pace and rapid humor of the play is sure to entertain adults and kids alike.

As You Like It will run at The Open Eye Theater on Main Street in Margaretville for two weekends, opening on Thursday, July 17th through Sunday, July 27th with evening performances at 7:30 pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and a Sunday matinee at 3 pm.
Tickets are adults $15, seniors $12, children and students $7. Group rates are available. Reservations may be made by phone at 845-586-2727 or 845-586-1660; or e-mail openeye@catskill.net. For more information, check the website at www.theopeneye.org.
This production is made possible in part by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency, and is funded in part by The A Lindsay and Olive B. O'Connor Foundation and the Lucasfilm Foundation and individual contributors.



Link: http://www.theopeneye.org

Submitted: 07/10/08
Article By: Open Eye Theater