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The Acting Company Bringing Shakespeare to Hatfield Hall Theater Stage

March 22, 2013

      The Acting Company
 

The Acting Company's "As You Like It"

Wednesday, March 27
7:30 p.m.

Hatfield Hall Theater
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
5500 Wabash Ave., Terre Haute

Tickets: $15 for adults, $10 for students.

Purchase tickets by visiting or calling the Hatfield Hall ticket desk at 812-877-8544. The desk is open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturdays from noon to 5 p.m., and two hours before each event.

Rose-Hulman has added a bonus show to its' performing arts series with The Acting Company's performance of Shakespeare's "As You Like It," on Wednesday, March 27 at 7:30 p.m. in the Hatfield Hall Theater.

The Acting Company's national tour of "As You Like It" has been running in theaters across the country since January. After rehearsing in New York, performances began at the renowned Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis on January 12 before traveling to 29 cities in 22 states. Prior to the Hatfield Hall Theater performance, the company played New York's famed New Victory Theater March 1-10.

The superb cast includes actors from the some of the finest acting conservatories in the U.S., cast in New York and through the Guthrie Experience and its training program with the University of Minnesota.

The cast follows in the footsteps of such The Acting Company alumni as Kevin Kline, Rainn Wilson, Patti LuPone, Jesse L. Martin, David Ogden Stiers, and Keith David. The company was ompany.  Founded by John Houseman and Margot Harley in 1972, the company has brought 138 productions to 49 states and 10 foreign countries earning a 2003 Tony Award for excellence in theater.

 Dan Rothenberg, artistic director of Philadelphia's Pig Iron Theatre has directed Shakespeare's lushly lighthearted comedy.

"As I began to explore the visceral world of 'As You Like It,' I found myself in a place similar to Maurice's Sendak's seminal 1963 children's book Where the Wild Things Are," stated Rothenberg. "Rosalind and her boyfriend Orlando's flight of fancy into exile allows them to visit their wild side. They discover that the Forest of Arden is rendered by a child: messy, whimsical full of animals personified and humans that are beastly, trees that have eyes, and plants that uproot themselves. I envision a royal court that sits on the edge of the forest, so close that they can hear the rumpus the animals create. The court won't be entirely regal, with wrestlers that resemble pre-historic animals, haunting adults and wily jesters."

He continued, "In Shakespeare's 'As You Like It,' characters explore various forms of the stages of life: the natural and the man-made; the selfish and the generous; frightening, embracing, and reminding us that we are all simply mammals that require the greatest healing of all: love."

More information about the show and the rest of the 2013 performing arts series are available at www.hatfieldhall.com or at www.facebook.com/hatfieldhall.