Winters Theatre Company will present
“As You Like It”
as their summer “Shakespeare in the Park” production.
The heroine, Rosalind, flees persecution in her uncle’s court, accompanied by her cousin Celia and Touchstone the court jester, to find safety, and eventually, love, in the Forest of Arden.
Please plan to join the Winters Theatre Company
for an evening under the stars with William Shakespeare,
Fridays and Saturdays, August 9 – 17,
at the outdoor Amphitheater
behind the Winters Community Center, 201 Railroad Ave.
Because The Winters Theatre Company wishes to present “Shakespeare in the Park” as family-friendly entertainment, all children under 12 years of age, if accompanied by an adult, will be admitted free. Adult tickets are $5 each and will be available at the door and here.
Please feel free to bring blankets, lawn chairs, and a picnic dinner to enjoy before the show. Refreshments will also be available for sale.
For more information call 530-795-4014 or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
“As You Like It” will be presented
at the outdoor amphitheater behind the Winters Community Center
on Fridays and Saturdays, August 9, 10, 16 and 17,
at 8:00 PM.
Tickets can be purchased at the door or here.
Admission is $5.00, with children under 12 free, when accompanied by an adult.
Refreshments will be available.
Bring a lawn chair, a blanket and a picnic dinner to enjoy while watching Shakespeare under the stars.
Much of the plot of “As You Like It,” the Winters Theatre Company’s current selection for its annual Shakespeare in the Park production, was not the original work of the bard. Shakespeare took a mid-sixteenth century “best seller,” titled “Rosalynde” by Thomas Lodge and turned it into a charming pastoral play.
Borrowing plots was not unusual for Shakespeare. He used many sources for his plays including Roman history, English history, folk tales, epic poems and classical legends. These provided the frame work which he turned into works of genius by adding characters and situations, deleting some scenes and adding others, and especially providing his characters (and his audiences) with beautiful poetic dialogue.
Among the changes Shakespeare made to Lodge’s “Rosalynde” were increasing the number of romantic couples from three to four and introducing two of the play’s most famous characters, Touchstone, the court jester, and Jacques, the melancholy philosopher, into the plot. These two courtiers were not found in the original story, but Shakespeare gives them some of the most famous lines in the play.
The bard’s popular version also presents his heroine, Rosalind, as a sparkling, witty young woman who not only triumphs over personal disaster and “gets her man,” Orlando, but helps several other couples to the altar.
In rewriting Lodge’s version of the story, Shakespeare concentrated on the happy ending by deleting the revenge scenes and rehabilitating the villains. Two nasty brothers learn the error of their ways, a usurped dukedom is restored to its rightful ruler, good triumphs over evil, and all is well in the Forest of Arden.