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As You Like It
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PRC Production At the beginning of the play we are in a harsh, wintry, violent, masculine world completely lacking in maternal instinct. Ordered and restrained ,It is a court from which we and the characters must journey to find the spring-like freedom of the forest whose site of burgeoning rebirth will allow its new inhabitants to return to the city changed, converted, transformed in a variety of ways.
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PRC Director This photo-negative view of the play’s physical settings is repeated in its characterizations where Duke Frederick’s tyrannical court is juxtaposed against his brother’s benevolent rule in the forest and Oliver’s plans to murder Orlando lead not to revenge, but to Orlando’s rescue of his elder brother from the jaws of a lioness. As the play cycles through the seasons of the year , so too do we see each character unfold and change into something other than the extreme personality they first seem to be. All learn; all grow. Even Jaques refusal to return to court at the play’s end can be seen as a desire upon his part for greater knowledge as he joins Duke Frederick in his hermitage.
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