Why Shakespeare Today? As You Like It at Middlebury

From Middlebury College’s events calendar:

“Sweet are the uses of adversity . . .” This new production of William Shakespeare’s beloved comedy As You Like It is a melancholy tale of love and exile, set in the early part of the 20th century, as the old world tips into the new, and all is forever changed.

The story takes on new meaning against the backdrop of unrest in Europe and the development of the First World War, as the unrest between the characters reflects the larger changes of the period.

Directed by Cheryl Faraone and sponsored by the Theatre Program, this production closes on the 17th of November in the Wright Memorial Theater with performances at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.

A Q&A follows the afternoon performance:

“Why Shakespeare Today?” Panelists Melissa Lourie of Middlebury Actor’s Workshop, Lindsay Pontius, the Town Hall Theater Director of Education and UVM Shakespeare professor Stephen Schillinger will join Director Cheryl Faraone to answer questions after the 2 p.m. matinee.

Tickets for the performances are six dollars for current Middlebury students, ten dollars for faculty, staff, children, and alumni, and twelve dollars for the general public. To purchase tickets, please see visit the online box office.