National Players To Perform At Wilson College
A revered national theater company will perform one of Shakespeare's best-loved comedies - "As You Like It" - as part of the Wilson College 2008-09 Performing Arts Series on Friday, Nov. 14. The National Players production will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Laird Hall.
First published in 1623, "As You Like It" has been described as one of Shakespeare's most accessible comedies. The plot revolves around the character Rosalind, who is the daughter of a banished duke and lives among a community of Westerners living in 19th-century Japan. When her father, the duke, is suddenly banished, the frightened girl is forced to flee for the Forest of Arden or risk being executed by her malevolent uncle. Joining Rosalind on her flight to the forest is her sympathetic cousin, Celia, who helps to pass Rosalind off as a man in order to avoid detection. Later, Rosalind's ruse begins to serve a dual purpose when she decides to use the disguise to gauge the devotion of Orlando, yet another exile, while making her way to the Forest of Arden.
Most recently on the Wilson stage a year ago to perform another Shakespeare classic, "Twelfth Night," the National Players is America's longest-running national touring company. Now in its 60th season, the troupe based in the Olney Theatre Center in Olney, Md., has been bringing classic literature to life through more than 6,600 performances and workshops since its founding in 1949. Players' productions adhere to strict traditions of touring theater --company members double and triple not only in roles, but also in technical assignments such as lighting, costumes and setup.