Luther College Center Stage Series: The Acting Company and Guthrie Theater to perform Shakespeare's 'As You Like It'

"As You Like It", a comedic fairy tale and one of Shakespeare's most popular comedies, will be presented by The Acting Company and the Guthrie Theater at the Luther College Center for Faith and Life Main Hall at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15.

Tickets for the performance are on sale at the Luther Box Office, (563) 387-1357, open Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 9-10:30 a.m. and 11a.m.-3 p.m.; Tuesday, 9 a.m.-3p.m. with extended hours on Thursdays, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.

Tickets are $25, $23 for seniors ages 65 and up, and $15 for youth age 4-18, and may be purchased online at http://www.boxoffice.luther.edu.

In addition to the evening's performance, The Acting Company will discuss their production of "As You Like It" in a workshop from 12:15-1:15 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 15 in the Center for Faith and Life Recital Hall. The workshop is open to the public with no charge for admission.

"As You Like It" tells the story of Rosalind and Orlando, the daughter and son of two nobles who fall in love but are forced to flee from their homes to the mystical Forest of Arden. There, they meet a colorful cast of characters and wade through a series of mistaken identities and dueling love interests in order to find their happily ever after.

Dan Rothenberg, artistic director of Philadelphia’s Pig Iron Theatre has directed this production of Shakespeare's lushly lighthearted comedy and had this to say. "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 and embracing and reminds us that we are all, simply mammals, that require the greatest healing of all: love."

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

Founded by John Houseman and Margot Harley in 1972, The Acting Company has brought 138 productions to 49 states and 10 foreign countries earning a 2003 TONY for Excellence in Theater, Obies, Audelcos and Los Angeles Critics Circle Awards. The cast follows in the footsteps of Kevin Kline, Rainn Wilson, Patti LuPone, Jesse L. Martin, Frances Conroy, Hamish Linklater, Harriet Harris, David Ogden Stiers, Jeffrey Wright and Keith David who all began their careers on tour with The Acting Company.

The Guthrie Theater, founded by Sir Tyrone Guthrie in 1963, is one of America's leading regional theaters and is widely recognized as an American center for theater performance, production and professional training. Under the directorship of Joe Dowling, the Guthrie has built one of the finest multistage theater centers of our time.