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By Kathryn Kopchik
LEWISBURG, Pa.— The Aquila Theatre Company will perform Shakespeare's classic comedy, "As You Like It," at Bucknell University's Weis Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, March 5, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20.
"Long a favorite with local audiences, the Aquila Theatre Company brings the Forest of Arden to the Weis Center stage," said Bill Boswell, executive director of the Weis Center.
"Exiles hide from their power-hungry brothers, girls hide out as guys, and love comes out of hiding unexpectedly."
"As You Like It" is set in a period of revolution in France, when Frederick exiles his brother, Duke Senior, so he can reign over a French Duchy. Simultaneously, Orlando, who has been forced from his own town by a bloodthirsty brother, finds himself in the Forest of Arden. Dressed as men, Rosalind and her best friend and cousin, Celia, run from Frederick's regime and seek shelter in the forest where they are fated to find the exiled Orlando and Duke Senior.
The Aquila Theatre Company was founded in London in 1991 by Peter Meineck and has been based in New York City since 1999. Aquila's mission is to bring the greatest theatrical works to the greatest number.
Tickets for this Weis Center series performance are available in person from the Campus Box Office in the Weis Center weekdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. or at the Bucknell University Bookstore on the ground floor of the Elaine Langone Center weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Advance tickets also are available: call 570-577-1000 or visit www.bucknell.edu/Boxoffice. The box office in the Weis Center lobby opens one hour before performances.
This performance is made possible in part by generous donations from Nancy and Sam Craig, and Stephen J. Lindenmuth. The 2009-10 season of Weis Center Events is generously supported by grants from the Bucknell University Association for the Arts and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Council on the Arts in conjunction with the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. Additional support for the series is provided by numerous and generous private donors, including members of the Weis Center Green Room Circle and Green Room Board.
The final event in the 2009-10 Weis Center series is a concert by the Jupiter String Quartet on Friday, March 26. The program with pianist Ben Kim includes music by Beethoven, Bartok and Schumann. Tickets are $20 for the March 26 event.
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