The Shakespearean theater group at Lesley University.
The Oxford Street Players are pleased to present Shakespeare's As You Like It, directed by Anne Elezabeth Pluto, for four nights this April.
April 2, 2014: Preview — Pay As You Can performance, 7:00 pm; reception at 5:30 pmApril 3, 4, & 5, 2014: 7:00 pmView photos on Facebook
Lesley UniversityMarran Theatre34 Mellen StreetCambridge, MA 02140
General Admission: $10.00Students: $5.00Pay as You Can on opening night. Call 617.349.8115 to reserve tickets.
For more information, contact Anne Pluto at email@example.com or 617.349.8948.
Marie has usurped the Duchy and exiled her older sister, Duchess Isabel. The Duchess’s daughter, Rosalind, has been permitted to remain at court because she is the closest friend and cousin of Marie’s only child, Celia. Orlando, a young gentleman of the kingdom who at first sight has fallen in love with Rosalind, is forced to flee his home after being persecuted by his older brother, Oliver. Marie becomes frightened that Rosalind is the true heir apparent banishes her from court. Celia and Rosalind decide to flee together accompanied by the jester, Touchstone, with Rosalind disguised as a young man and Celia disguised as a poor lady.
Rosalind now disguised as Ganymede ("Jove’s own page"), and Celia, now disguised as Aliena (Latin for "stranger"), arrive in the Forest of Arden where the exiled Duchess now lives with some supporters, including Jacques, a melancholy figure, who is introduced to us weeping over the slaughter of a deer. "Ganymede" and "Aliena" do not immediately encounter the Duchess and her companions, as they meet up with Corin, an impoverished tenant, and offer to buy his master's crude cottage.
Orlando and his servant Adam meanwhile, find the Duchess and her followers and are soon living with them and posting simplistic poems for Rosalind on the trees. Rosalind, also in love with Orlando, meets him as Ganymede and pretends to counsel him to cure him of being in love. Ganymede says "he" will take Rosalind's place and "he" and Orlando can act out their relationship.
The shepherdess, Phoebe, with whom Silvius is in love, has fallen in love with Ganymede (Rosalind in disguise), though "Ganymede" continually shows that "he" is not interested in Phoebe. Touchstone, meanwhile, has fallen in love with the dull-witted shepherdess, Audrey, and tries to woo her, but eventually is forced to be married first. William, another shepherd, attempts to marry Audrey as well, but is stopped by Touchstone, who threatens to kill him "a hundred and fifty ways".
Finally, Silvius, Phoebe, Ganymede, and Orlando are brought together in an argument with each other over who will get whom. Ganymede says he will solve the problem, having Orlando promise to marry Rosalind, and Phoebe promise to marry Silvius if she cannot marry Ganymede.
Orlando sees Oliver in the forest and rescues him from a lioness, causing Oliver to repent for mistreating Orlando. Oliver meets Aliena (Celia's false identity) and falls in love with her, and they agree to marry. Orlando and Rosalind, Oliver and Celia, Silvius and Phoebe, and Touchstone and Audrey all are married in the final scene, after which they discover that Marie also has repented her faults, deciding to restore her legitimate sister to the Duchy and adopt a religious life. Jacques, ever melancholic, declines their invitation to return to the court preferring to stay in the forest and to adopt a religious life as well. Rosalind speaks an epilogue to the audience, commending the play to both men and women in the audience.
"OSP is truly my greatest accomplishment that I took from Lesley University. Never having acted in a Shakespeare play, I learned more about acting under Dr. Annie Pluto's direction than any other theatre group. My confidence not only as a performer, but as a student and person grew enormously with the wonderful people involved in the Oxford Street Players. All the other contributing teachers with OSP truly took the specific talents of each individual involved and made them shine."
- Shealan Anderson"The Play, how can you articulate a feeling? The theater has always been a fascination of mine and going to Lesley University was my first chance to actually get a chance to step on a stage. It was a feeling of freedom and escape. And being on stage is only half of what makes theater great. The people and especially the director can make or break a show. Luckily being a part of the OSP feels like a family. Your cast members and you may bicker like siblings but there's always the undercurrent of love. Dr. Annie Pluto is like my mom away from home, she expects a lot from you, but it's only because she can see the potential in each member of her cast."
- Alexandria Lowther
Anne Elezabeth Pluto
Professor of Theatre and Literature
Assistant Professor of Theatre
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