"As You Like It" follows its heroine, Rosalind, as she flees persecution in her uncle's court. Her cousin, Celia, comes along for the ride as the two search for safety, and eventually, love, in the Forest of Arden. 

This classic Shakespeare comedy has stunning language, famous passages and wonderful imagery and shows the ways in which love, friendship and forgiveness work to bring people together, with plenty of laughs and surprises along the way 

Director Jeff Larsen is in his third and final year of USD's Master of Fine Arts program in directing. Larson hails from Sioux Falls and directed "Eurydice" on the Knutson stage last fall. 

Emmy Hewitt , a senior musical theatre major from Waterloo, Iowa, leads the cast in the role of Rosalind. She has held several roles in USD theatre productions, playing Lady Bracknell in "The Importance of Being Earnest" and June in "The Musical of Musicals: The Musical" last season. 

Hewitt and her fellow actors auditioned for this production last May and returned to campus a week before move-in day this semester to begin rehearsals, as the complexity of Shakespeare’s text and the physicality of the comedy benefit greatly from a little extra rehearsal time.

“As You Like It” performs Sept. 28-30 at 7:30 p.m., with a matinee performance on Oct. 1 at 2 p.m. in the Wayne S. Knutson Theatre on the USD campus. Tickets ($15 Adults, $12 Senior Citizen [62+], $10 K-12 & non-USD students with ID, and free for USD students with ID) can be purchased between 12-5 p.m. at the USD Theatre Box Office or by calling (605) 658-3484. Tickets can also be purchased online.

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