Kennesaw State University Department of
Theatre and Performance Studies Presents
"As You Like It"
WRITTEN BY: WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
DIRECTED BY: RICK LOMBARDO
ORIGINAL MUSIC BY: HADDON KIME
William Shakespeare is one of the most well-known and prominent playwrights known today. He was born in Stratford-upon-Avon, a city in Warwickshire, England, in 1564. Shakespeare’s work has been performed all over the world for 400 years, and yet much of his personal life remains a foggy mystery. What is known is that Shakespeare’s two decades of writing produced the most renown, and notably famous plays in Western dramatic art, all of which explore the depths of human behavior. Shakespeare, arguably, wrote a total of 37 plays. Much of his earlier works were mostly comprised of historical pieces that dramatized the English monarchy, such as Henry VI and Richard II, eventually giving way to some of his most popular pieces such as, As You Like It and Hamlet. William Shakespeare’s artistry is constantly being reimagined and showcased in various ways, his legacy will continue to transcend and inspire scholar artists around the globe for centuries to come.
INTERVIEW WITH THE DIRECTOR
We sat down with the director of As You Like It, Rick Lombardo, and asked him three questions: What is the one thing you want the audience to take away from the production? Why do the show today? And, what does the Forest of Arden mean to you?
WORLD OF PLAY
As You Like It by William Shakespeare is an important play to be shown at Kennesaw State University
in 2018 because we as a society, are very much locked into our computers, cell phones
and video games. As You Like It explores the evolution of a community, and the power and wonder from the natural
world compared to the greed and hate from the modern world. Shakespeare created this
world to share the idea of a more simplified way of living, and that there are many
wonderful things that come from it, the main thing being love. Just like countless
other Shakespeare plays, the power of love is shown throughout As You Like It, to remind us that there is nothing else with the same impact quite like love. Shakespeare
takes us on a journey of transformation, self-transformation and seasonal transformation,
to show us that even during a time of decay, love will still triumph.