Academics

Shakespeare’s As You Like It Takes on a Contemporary Role at Wisconsin Lutheran College

Date Posted: October 5, 2007

MILWAUKEE – The Wisconsin Lutheran College theatre department presents one of William Shakespeare’s most beloved and often produced comedies, As You Like It, directed by Professor Jay Sierszyn. This comedy is centered on the character Rosalind, the largest female role Shakespeare created. Wisconsin Lutheran’s treatment of this light romantic plot brings the comedy into contemporary times and employs abstract interpretations of the setting while staying true to Shakespeare’s brilliant language.

The witty banter and clever wordplay in As You Like It offers some of the most famous lines of the Bard from Stratford, including the “All the World’s a Stage” monologue. The plot is wonderfully simple: the ill-will between two sets of brothers causes numerous parties to flee the formal daily life of the court to seek refuge in the Forest of Arden. There they encounter rustic country folk, wild beasts and each other – resulting in reconciliation and a restoration of harmony.

The College’s production of As You Like It brings current elements and elements true to Shakespeare’s era together to form a unique theatrical experience. Contemporary costuming with some Elizabethan flourish and a modern, abstract set used to depict the Forest of Arden combine with authentically reenacted Renaissance song and courtly dance.

The performances are November 2 – 3 at 8 p.m., November 4 at 3 p.m. and November 8 – 10 at 8 p.m. in the Raabe Theatre. The Raabe Theatre is located in the college’s Center for Arts and Performance at 8815 W. Wisconsin Ave. Tickets are $8 general, $7 seniors and $5 students. To purchase tickets, call the WLC box office at (414) 443-8802 or visit wlc.edu/arts.

Wisconsin Lutheran College is an independent, liberal arts college located on the west side of Milwaukee.