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Header promoting the Bard's Bus Tour: Rosalynde


The Bard's Bus Tour presents:
Rosalynde (or, As You Like It)
Sunday, August 5th 
Performance begins at 7:30 PM
Pay What You Can (Suggested donation of $20/person)
Bring your own seating (lawn chairs and picnic blankets)

Escape to the Forest of Arden for a prohibition-era comedy with love, whiskey and puppets. In William Shakespeare's Rosalynde (or, As You Like It), Rosalynde flees from her home in the city into the forest after her life is threatened. There, she embarks upon a journey of self-discovery and love, learning that to carve your own path, sometimes you need to break the rules. 

Looking back 100 years to Canada in 1918, Rosalynde explores the right to be who we are, to love whom we choose and to do what we please in a time when women were fighting for equality, the government was regulating recreational substances, and conflict was shaping our country. 

Told in Driftwood Theatre's signature site-specific style incorporating live music and puppets, no two performances of Rosalynde will be quite the same. Join us on Sunday, August 5th by the Peterborough Museum & Archives in Ashburnham Memorial Park for an unforgettable evening of theatre under the stars. 

Rosalynde begins at 7:30 PM and admission is Pay What You Can (suggested $20/person). 

For more information, visit driftwoodtheatre.com/bards-bus-tour or call 844.601.8057

Of Interest

Nearly half of the characters in the play will be represented as puppets, designed by Production Designer Sheree Tams and Puppet Designer (and cast member) Eric Woolfe.

Dedicated to reflecting Canada's rich diversity onstage, the Rosalynde cast has gender equity and features performers with Venezuelan (Ximena Huizi), African Canadian (Ngabo Nabea) and First Nations (James Dallas Smith) heritage. 

Director's Notes

"As You Like It is a romantic comedy about one woman's search for agency over herself, her body and her life. After her life is threatened, Rosalynde embarks upon a bold journey of self-discovery. She sets out into the unknown, making her own way. She schools a young suitor, Orlando, in how she (and all women) deserves to be treated on her own terms and at her own pace. She takes control of her life.

We're renaming this play, Rosalynde, after its heroine. God knows we have enough Shakespeare plays named after men - Hamlet, Othello, Macbeth, King Lear - funny how they are all tragedies - but not a single one named after a woman. 

Rosalynde deserves her play. After all, Shakespeare 'borrowed' his source material from a 16th century novel, titled Rosalynde. It is only fitting that in 2018 we should give that title back to her. 

Artistically, I'm interested in finding context for my work that makes sense to me as a Canadian so that my work reflects our experiences. And so, to foster greater discussion about women's equality and agency, our production of Rosalynde will be set in Ontario 100 years ago in 1918, the year that women were finally granted the right to vote in federal elections.

Like the best plays, Rosalynde isn't just about one person's journey. It is about our collective journey as human beings".  - D. Jeremy Smith

Reviews of Driftwood Theatre

"If you haven't yet discovered the charms and delights of Driftwood Theatre, make this your summer." Durham This Week

"One of the summer's most enriching experiences." Velika Maxam, slowcity.ca

"Driftwood serves up a quality show that's capable of captivating peanut galleries province-wide." Community Press (Quinte)