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Black and Gold Series to Present The Acting Company's Julius Caesar

Published: 1-18-2012 10:20 am

The Wayne State College Black and Gold Performing Arts Series will continue its 2011-2012 season with a special new production of William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar. The performance of this classic story of pride and envy, arrogance and honor, opportunity and tragic strategic errors will take place at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14, in the college's Ramsey Theatre. In addition to the performance at Wayne State College, The Acting Company's 2011 national tour includes 31 communities in 21 states plus Ontario, Canada. 

Recipient of a Tony award for Excellence in Theater, The Acting Company has performed 135 productions for millions of people across America while developing the careers of some of America's finest actors including Rainn Wilson, Kevin Kline, Patti LuPone, Jesse L. Martin, Frances Conroy, David Ogden Stiers and Keith David. Since its founding by the legendary John Houseman and current Producing Artistic Director Margot Harley, The Acting Company has become America's most respected and praised touring repertory theater company. Additional awards garnered by the company include multiple Obie, Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle and Audelco awards.

William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar is one of the greatest political dramas of all time. While Shakespeare was a student of history, he was also deeply concerned with connecting history to his contemporary audience. Adopting this point of view, The Acting Company's new production of Julius Caesar  is rooted in details from contemporary America, allowing audiences to easily relate to and understand aspects of the story that are often missed in more traditional productions. 

“Using modern dress allows for greater accessibility for audiences and their engagement with Shakespeare's story,” writes the Company. However, the timeless story “stands on its own merits and demands us to explore and question as much today as when it was written.”

Tickets for general admission go on sale at the WSC Business Office beginning Friday, Jan. 27, for $10. Tickets will be available at the door beginning at 6:30 p.m. on the night of the performance, but seating is limited and purchasing tickets in advance is recommended. For ticket information please call the WSC business office at (402) 375-7517.

For more than 50 years the Wayne State College Black and Gold performing arts series has presented cultural programming to serve the Northeast Nebraska region. 


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