Due to renovations to their longtime home of Prospect Park, Brooklyn's Kings Country Shakespeare Company have temporarily moved into The Founders Hall Theatre of St. Francis College in Brooklyn Heights to present their twelfth year of annual summer Shakespeare.
KCSC will present Shakespeare's As You Like It for the season, celebrating the play's 400th anniversary. For those unfamiliar with the plot, As You Like It follows the banishment of Duke Senior, Orlando, Rosalind, Celia Oliver and Touchstone to the Forest of Arden. The first half of the play tells of attempted murders, cracked ribs and disowned brothers, with the second half of the play focusing on the romantic angles of the characters. The play will be presented Aug. 19-Sept. 5.
Director Ray Virta has set the production in a timeless era with a hint of Edwardian style. Virta appeared in the title role of KCSC's Macbeth and Love's Labour's Lost, understudied Frank Langella for The Roundabout Cyrano and replaced David Straithairn in MTC's Eyes for Consuela.
Founders Hall Theatre is located at 182 Remsen Street in Brooklyn Heights. For information, call (718) 434-4756.
-- By Sean McGrath