April 17-19, 23-25, 2009
8 p.m., except Sunday, April 19 at 2 p.m.
The Studio Theatre, Public Affairs Center (PAC) Level 1, UIS Campus
Set in France, where Duke Senior is usurped and exiled by his brother, Duke Frederick, Duke Senior and his followers are hiding in the Forest of Arden. Duke Senior’s daughter, Rosalind, is permitted to stay at court because she and Frederick’s daughter are close. But, when Rosalind falls in love at first sight with young Orlando, and after Orlando is forced to flee persecution by his older brother, Rosalind and Celia flee to the Forest of Arden, and Rosalind disguises herself as a man, Ganymede. Of course, as is common in many of Shakespeare’s plays, confusion and mistaken identity ensues, lovers pine for each other, Duke Senior and his followers (along w/ the melancholy Jacques) search for meaning while in hiding in the Forest of Arden, and in the end, Duke Frederick repents, the lovers are all united with the proper mates, and all works out in the end.