Any decent director will tell you that casting is at least 80% of the job, and in some plays casting your lead is most of the casting. You'd be crazy to do Hamlet, without knowing in advance who's your Prince of Denmark, or Richard III without a clue about who's going to be your guy with the hump. The same is true for casting Rosalind in As You Like It. The play is not hers alone, but it's certainly more hers than anyone's. She has more lines than any woman character in Shakespeare. And they are good lines too. She's Shakespeare's most gifted comic heroine, and, as Harold Bloom says, "as remarkable in her mode as Falstaff and Hamlet are in theirs." In other words, it's a pretty good role. But as recently as two months ago I had no idea who our Rosalind might be.