They say love is electric, but, at times, it's technology that gets in the way of connection.
That's what Hope Alexander wants to say with her take on Shakespeare’s classic play, “As You Like It.” The play will be performed by the Kenan Theatre Company starting tonight.
Alexander is a professional actor and director and is excited about directing “As You Like It,” which, after over 50 years of acting, remains her favorite of the plays she's performed in. Through this quirky Shakespearean comedy, Alexander intends to teach audiences about intimacy and learning how to love.
Performance times at the Kenan Theatre:
Thursday at 8 p.m.
Friday at 8 p.m.
Saturday at 8 p.m.
Sunday at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Monday at 5 p.m.
“One of the themes the director is exploring with the show is our dependence on technology,” said Rachel Davis, a senior dramatic art major and student producer. “And how that separates us from each other in our modern world.”
The virtual world of cell phones, selfies and texting is represented in the cold world of the court, run by Queen Fredericka, who banishes her sister Senora to the forest in order to steal the throne. Their daughters, Celia and Rosalind, are as close as sisters. When Queen Fredericka banishes Rosalind, suspicious that she's stealing attention away from her own daughter, the daughters escape together to the forest.