As You Like It, May 2013, page one
by William Shakespeare directed by Chris Rohmann
Costumes by Jeffrey FloodSet design by Konrad Rogowski and Kelly Seip

Overview: Duke Frederick has usurped the title and throne of his elder brother, Duke Senior, who has fled to the Forest of Arden with his loyal followers, leaving his daughter, Rosalind, behind at court.

Orlando (Rylan Morsbach, r.), is fed up with his ill-treatment by his brother, Oliver (Daniel Viets, c.).  Oliver's servant, Adam (Christopher Duzak, l.) watches. Oliver talks with the Duke's champion wrestler, Charles (Shaun O'Keefe), and bribes him to kill Orlando at tomorrow's match.
The wrestling match, wherein Rosalind and Orlando are smitten with each other.  Left-to-right: Rosalind (Becky Rodia Schoenfeld), Celia (Amanda Marschall), a court staffer (Joan Perkins-Smith), Duke Frederick (Allen Nott), Orlando, Madame Le Beau (Nicole R. Giguere), another court staffer (Timothy Glynn), Touchstone the clown (Robert Lunde).
Frederick, thinking the court's love of Rosalind will endanger his status, banishes her, much to the dismay of his daughter, Celia.  The two girls decide to flee to the forest, where Rosalind will pretend to be a boy, and Celia will pretend to be "his" sister.  They persuade Touchstone to go with them. With mixed results.  (Elsewhere in the forest, Orlando and Adam have also fled the court to escape the wrath of his brother.)
The Old Duke, with his followers, making the most of their exile.  Left-to-right: Amiens (Dorrie Mitchell), a forester (Rayah Martin), Duke Senior (Konrad Rogowski), another two foresters, (Dana T. Ring and Jacqueline Wheelock). Orlando meets the Duke and accepts his hospitality.  While he fetches Adam, the sardonic philosopher Jaques (Ed Bernstein) recites the "all the world's a stage" speech.

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