As You Like It

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Directed by Taylor Underwood


Duke Senior, banished by his brother, Duke Frederick, now lives in the Forest of Arden, with his noblemen. Senior’s daughter, Rosalind, has been allowed to remain at court with Frederick’s daughter Celia, but she suddenly incurs Frederick’s displeasure and is banished. Celia decides to run away with her, and they leave for Arden with Rosalind disguised as a man, and accompanied by Touchstone, a clown. Rosalind changes her name to Ganymede and Celia to Aliena. Before they leave, Rosalind falls in love with one of the sons of Rowland De Boys— Orlando, who is ruled and hated by his elder brother, Oliver. Orlando foils Oliver’s plan to have him killed in a match against the Duke’s chief wrestler, Charles, by defeating the champion. 


Orlando is then advised by Le Beau to leave the court, and he flees to Arden with his old servant Adam. They are starving when they encounter Duke Senior, who takes them in. Orlando leaves love messages for Rosalind all over the forest, which she in due course sees. Frederick, believing Celia and Rosalind to have fled with Orlando, sends Oliver after his brother, threatening to take the De Boys’ lands if Oliver returns without him. Oliver is saved from a lion by Orlando, and the two brothers are reconciled. Oliver relates the story to the two girls and falls in love with Celia. Rosalind is reunited with her father and marries Orlando. Oliver marries Celia and Orlando marries Rosalind.


The third son of Sir Rowland, Jaques, arrives to announce that Frederick had intended to invade the forest with an army, but on his way, he met a religious man who converted him from his harsh ways, and he has now begun a religious life. Jaques decides to join him. Duke Senior has his lands and crown restored.


 

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Town & Gown Players, Inc. 115 Grady Avenue
Athens, GA 30601
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