AS YOU LIKE IT follows its heroine Rosalind as she flees persecution in her uncle's court, accompanied by her cousin Celia and Touchstone the court jester, to find safety and love in the Forest of Arden. The play features one of Shakespeare's most famous and oft-quoted speeches, "All the world's a stage."
Mr. Tom Reed*, recently seen in the title role in Optimist’s 2012 MACBETH, directed. Mr. Todd Denning*, who played Malvolio in Optimist’s 2011 TWELFTH NIGHT, played the role of Touchstone.
Tom is the Associate Artistic Director for Optimist Theatre and Producer for Shakespeare in the Park and serves on the faculty of the Theater and Dance Department at Alverno College. ~ more ~
A comedy of love and mistaken identity, Twelfth Night follows the love triangle of Viola, Duke Orsino, and Lady Olivia. Filled with such twists and turns as shipwrecks, lost twins, cross-dressing, and secret marriages, it’s just the sort of mad romp that only Shakespeare would lead us on.
When Prospero’s treacherous sibling exiled him from his dukedom with his infant daughter Miranda, little did anyone know that Prospero would find his way to a mysterious island where the pair would survive together. As Miranda grew over the years into a fierce and beautiful young woman, unaware of her secret past, Prospero worked to become a powerful sorcerer with the help of the island’s magical spirits. Now the time has come for Prospero’s great plan to be set into motion, securing Miranda’s rightful future…and Prospero’s revenge.