Blast from the past: Augustana theatre presents “As You Like It” with 60s flair

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

The Augustana Department of Theatre Arts will present a unique twist on Shakespeare’s As You Like It over the first two weekends of May.

 In Shakespeare’s timeless comedy about love, transformation and the roles we play, a disguised Rosalind seeks refuge after being wrongfully banished by her uncle. Her unfortunate exile is transformed into a charming adventure when she encounters some of Shakespeare’s most beloved characters—colorful fools, witty rustics, and the handsome, lovesick Orlando. A clandestine, gender-bending courtship ensues.

“The play is ultimately about love in different forms,” said Jennifer Popple, director of the production. “Yes, there is romantic love, but there also is familial love and tremendous love among friends. The idea that love can win over anything else is a beautiful message and one that I hope all of us can take away,”

Trevor Jablonski ’17, an English and theatre arts major from New Lenox, Ill., is the dramaturge for the production. He commented on the production’s setting in the 1960s.

“The pastoral comedy of Shakespeare’s As You Like It and the revolutionary decade of the 1960s bring forth such similar themes. It is as if Shakespeare knew the segregation and observance of gluttony were all to occur in the age following the industrial consumerism that was created during the 50s,” Jablonski said.

The play will run Fridays and Saturdays, May 1,2, 8 and 9, at 7:30 p.m.; and Sundays, May 3 and 10 at 1:30 p.m. in Potter Theatre within Bergendoff Hall of Fine Arts (3701 7th Ave). Early-bird tickets are $7 before April 26. After April 26, tickets are $11 for the public, and $9 for senior citizens, Augustana staff, faculty and students.