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King University Theatre Presents Shakespeare’s “As You Like It” During Dogwood Weekend April 8-9

BRISTOL, Tenn., March 21, 2016 – The King University Theatre Department will present “As You Like It” during the University’s alumni weekend, Dogwood Weekend April 8-10. The play continues the department’s homage to William Shakespeare. Throughout the year 2015/2016, Shakespearean celebrations have been taking place around the globe to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare, the greatest playwright in history. The play begins at 7:30 p.m. on April 8 and 2 p.m. on April 9.

“We are excited to present the wonderful Shakespearean play “As You Like It,” says Kiara Pipino, assistant professor of Theatre at King University. “Throughout the 2015/16 season, we have performed a variety of plays by the master playwright as well as enjoyed a theatrical production of “Comedy of Errors” along with several workshops by the Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company. This final play of the season is one of my personal favorites. My hope is everyone will enjoy our production of this fantastical play.”

“As You Like It” is considered by many to be one of Shakespeare's greatest comedies, and the heroine, Rosalind, is praised as one of his most inspiring characters and has more lines than any of Shakespeare's female characters. Rosalind, the daughter of a banished duke falls in love with Orlando the disinherited son of one of the duke's friends. When she is banished from the court by her usurping uncle, Duke Frederick, Rosalind switches genders and as Ganymede travels with her loyal cousin Celia and the jester Touchstone to the Forest of Arden, where her father and his friends live in exile. Observations on life and love follow (including love, aging, the natural world, and death), friends are made, and families are reunited. By the play's end Ganymede, once again Rosalind, marries her Orlando. Two other sets of lovers are also wed, one of them Celia and Orlando's mean older brother Oliver. As Oliver becomes a gentler, kinder young man so the Duke conveniently changes his ways and turns to religion and so that the exiled Duke, father of Rosalind, can rule once again.

“In addition to the Shakespeare production during Dogwood Weekend, the Theatre Department will also host an end-of-the-year celebration, inviting alumni and friends, as well as theatre artists from the region,” says Chris Slaughter, associate professor and chair of the Theatre Department at King. “This is a great way to celebrate our year and present a few theatre specific awards.”

General admission tickets for the performances of “As You Like It” are $5 general admission, and free for King University students, faculty, and staff with a King University ID. Tickets will be available at the door one hour before each performance. Seating is limited, and, due to the staging, audience members cannot be seated once the production begins. For more information, call Chris Slaughter at 423.652.4800 or crslaughter@king.edu or Kiara Pipino at 423.652.4839 or kpipino@king.edu.

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