Known for its unique blend of fun and entertaining theatricality, Aquila Theatre Company will present four performances of William Shakespeare's "As You Like It" Feb. 26, 27 and 28 at North Central College. The production is faithful to the English playwright as well as relevant and accessible to a modern audience.
One of Shakespeare's greatest comedies, "As You Like It" will be staged at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 26-27 and at 2 p.m. Feb. 27-28 in Meiley-Swallow Hall, 31 S. Ellsworth St., Naperville. Tickets are $30/adults and $20/students and senior citizens; call the North Central College Box Office at 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit www.northcentralcollege.edu/show.
Set in a period of revolution in France when love conquered all, "As You Like It" tells the story of power-hungry men exiling their brothers, girls playing guys, and finding love in unexpected places. Frederick exiles his brother Duke Senior so he can reign over a French Duchy. Simultaneously, Orlando, who has been forced from his own town by a bloodthirsty brother, finds himself in the Forest of Arden. Dressed as men, Rosalind and her best friend and cousin Celia run from Frederick's regime and seek shelter in the forest where they are fated to find the exiled Orlando and Duke Senior. Shakespeare's comic brilliance is wrapped in gender-confused, unrequited love.
"The Aquila Theatre brings intelligence and laser-sharp line readings to this eminently enjoyable modern-dress take on Shakespeare's comedy," says the L.A. Times Critics Choice. "It's a superb production ... worthwhile and exceptionally rewarding."
Founded in London in 1991 by Peter Meineck, Aquila Theatre Company is now based in New York City. Its mission is to make classical works accessible to the greatest number and to acknowledge and explore newfound classical works. Among its many programs, the company features a regular season of plays in New York City, education programs and an annual national tour, which visits some 70 American cities each year. Aquila's 2009/2010 season of Shakespeare's "As You Like It" and Ibsen's "An Enemy of the People" began with The International Festival of the Aegean in Syros, Greece, and the Shakespeare Festival in Los Angeles.
This production is one of many ongoing programs at North Central College to enrich and broaden the cultural and academic outlook for the College and community. North Central offers a variety of venues accommodating a rich range of local and world-class events, performances and space needs for the public. For a comprehensive schedule of musical performances, theatrical and dance productions, art exhibits and lectures, visit www.northcentralcollege.edu/show or call the box office at 630-637-SHOW (7469).