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As You Like It by William Shakespeare

When Oliver’s father, Sir Rowland de Bois dies, Oliver inherits the family fortune. Yet, this came with a stipulation that he was to ‘take care of’ his brother, Orlando. Despite this order, Oliver dislikes his brother and therefore leaves him penniless. Soon after rumors around the court state that Orlando has challenged the best fighter, Charles, to a match. At first Charles is upset and seeks out Oliver to stop his brother; however, Oliver only convinces Charles to pulverize him.

In a new setting, the audience meets Duke Senior, a Robin Hood-like figure whose title was taken by his brother, Duke Frederick. Senior now lives in the forest with a group of followers. Yet Senior has not completely left the royal scene, his daughter Rosalind was allowed to stay in court because of her friendship with Frederick’s daughter, Celia.

Meanwhile, the fight between Orlando and Charles has taken place and Orlando won. After the fight, Orlando and Senior’s daughter, Rosalind, fall madly in love; she tells no one except Celia. When Orlando returns home, he is warned by his servant that Oliver is now plotting to kill him, and decides to flee to the forest for safety before he can tell his love. In a twist of events, Duke Frederick banishes Rosalind which sends her to the woods as well. However, Celia also decides to go with her friend and cousin because she cannot bear to be without her. With the help of Touchstone, the court jester, the girls dress as a young man and a shepherdess and come up with aliases to ensure their safe travels.

Back at Court, the Duke realizes the disappearances. Upset that Celia and Rosalind are gone, he also realizes that their exodus was at the same time of Orlando’s, and immediately places blame on him. The Duke orders Oliver to lead the manhunt to find his brother and hopefully the girls. While the Duke is on the subject of manhunts he also thinks of his brother, Senior, and decides it is time that he puts an end to him and his merry gang of followers.

In the woods, Orlando and his servant Adam stumble upon Duke Senior and his band. Senior soon learns that Orlando is the son of his former friend and welcomes the two men into his company. Meanwhile, the girls have found a small cottage that they have purchased. They live under the assumed names of Ganymede and Aliena. They meet a young boy, named Silvius, who is heartbroken and lovesick over a girl named Phoebe. At this time Rosalind, disguised as Ganymede (a man), runs into the lovesick Orlando. Because of her disguise she fools him into thinking she can cure him of his love lust and tells him to come back every day.

Meanwhile, Rosalind tries to help Silvius because he has been cruelly rejected by his love, Phoebe. However, her plan backfires when Phoebe falls madly in love with her as Ganymede. At this time, Orlando also fails to return for his love lesson which frustrates Rosalind. Then, Oliver shows up and professes that his brother saved his life in the woods; he falls instantly in love with Aliena (Celia) and the two agree to marry. Due to the issues that their false identities have caused, Ganymede agrees to marry Phoebe so that she may put an end to the madness.

The day of the wedding comes and Ganymede gets a promise from Phoebe that if she won’t marry ‘him’ for any reason, she will marry Silvius; which happens once the girls reveal who they are. Four couples in all are married and during the party good news arrives, Duke Frederick has found God and restored the throne to Senior and all is as you would like it!

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