"As You Like It" at Stratford Library on June 29

The Hudson Shakespeare Company of New Jersey will return to Stratford on Saturday, June 29 for its production of “As You Like It.” Performed outside in the library’s scenic back courtyard, the fully-staged and costumed performance is free and open to the public.

“As You Like It” is a celebration of the enduring power of love in all its many disguises. Witty, playful, and utterly magical, the story is a compelling romantic adventure in which Rosalind and Orlando's famous courtship is played out against a backdrop of political rivalry, banishment, and exile to the Forest of Arden. “As You Like It” was written in 1599 and marks a high point in Shakespeare’s mid-career with sophisticated comedies.

“Being that it’s set in a forest with no new huge battles or court intrigues, the play lends itself really well to performances in parks and more intimate settings like libraries,” said Hudson director Jon Ciccarelli. “We decided to go back to basics with the show and set it in a medieval world full of pageantry, impromptu songs, and love of the fairy tale world. The show is very musical, so we’ve highlighted that with lots of live instruments and some recorded music,”  he added.

The Hudson Shakespeare Company’s presentation of “As You Like It” will be held in the Stratford Library’s back courtyard located in the rear of the library building off the Baldwin Center parking lot. Patrons are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets to spread. In the event of inclement weather or extreme heat, the play will move inside to the Library’s air-conditioned Lovell Room. The Hudson troupe will return in July with an all-female production of “Coriolanus.”

The Stratford Library is located at 2203 Main Street in Stratford, Conn. For more information call (203) 385-4162 or visit stratfordlibrary.org.

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