As You Like It, the headline production of Hofstra University’s 67th Annual Shakespeare Festival, opens on Thursday, February 18, at the intimate Black Box Theater, New Academic Building. This is the first time in the history of the Festival that the Main Stage production has not been performed at the John Cranford Adams Playhouse – the reason being the construction of a brand new Hofstra Globe Stage.
Set mostly in the Forest of Arden and featuring Rosalind, one of his greatest female heroines, Shakespeare explores the human and social condition, in which actors and audience alike seek true love and make attempts to learn the roles that will help them most to succeed. This production of As You Like It is directed by Hofstra drama professor and ’92 alumna Kara-Lynn Vaeni.
Opening night, Thursday, February 18, at 7 p.m., features a post-show talkback immediately following the performance. Remaining show times are Fridays, February 19 and 26, at 8 p.m.; Saturdays, February 20 and 27, at 8 p.m.; and Sundays, February 21 and 28, at 2 p.m.
Tickets are $12, $10 for senior citizens and matriculated non-Hofstra students with ID. Members of the Hofstra community may receive up to two free tickets upon presentation of a current HofstraCard. Tickets are available at HofstraTickets.com or at the Hofstra Box Office, Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-3:45 p.m., at 516-463-6644. Tickets will also be sold at the door by cash or check only; the Box Office opens 90 minutes prior to show time.