Lex-Ham Community Theater
Shakespeare Reading Series
As You Like It

Before lovers could send e-mail messages or Instant Messages to each other, they posted notes on trees in hopes that the person they loved would find them. Take Orlando as a case in point. He is in love with Rosalind, the daughter of Duke Senior, banished by his brother, Duke Frederick. So Orlando posts love notes such as:

From the east to western Inde
No jewel is like Rosalind.
Her worth being mounted on the wind,
Through all the world bears Rosalind.

throughout all of Arden Forest.

Unfortunately for Rosalind, who now is disguised as Ganymede, Orlando neglects to sign the notes. As Rosalind tries with much impatience to find out from her cousin Celia who the author is, Rosalind utters her famous line, "Do you not know I am a woman? When I think, I must speak."

Some good references for the play are:

The Story
Text of the play

SparkNotes summary of the play
Charles and Mary Lamb's Tales from Shakespeare
Background information
Shake-Sphere - All's Well That Ends Well

Sources
Rosalynde by Thomas Lodge

Film Versions
As You Like It (2006) in production with Kenneth Branagh
As You Like It (1978)

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Last updated: 06/12/2006