Members of the Kenyon College Billy Shakespeare Project (aka “Billy Shakes” Project) will present a special performance of “As You Like It” on Wednesday, March 29, 5:00 p.m., at the Public Library of Mount Vernon & Knox County, 201 N. Mulberry Street, Mount Vernon.
“As You Like It” is a pastoral comedy believed to have been written by William Shakespeare in 1599, and first published in the First Folio, 1623. The story follows its heroine Rosalind as she flees persecution in her uncle's court. Rosalind is accompanied by her cousin Celia to find safety and, eventually, love, in the Forest of Arden.
In the forest, they encounter a variety of memorable characters, notably the melancholy traveler Jacques who speaks many of Shakespeare's most famous speeches (such as "All the world's a stage", "too much of a good thing" and "A fool! A fool! I met a fool in the forest"). Jacques provides a sharp contrast to the other characters in the play, always observing and disputing the hardships of life in the country.
The Billy Shakespeare Project began in 2011 as a challenge to bring the works of Shakespeare to life for students and audiences of all ages by condensing the works to under one hour. Since its inception, the group has presented programs for local elementary schools.
The program is free and open to the public of all ages. Refreshments will be served.
For information call the main library at 740-392-BOOK (2665), visit www.knox.net or email [email protected].