The struggle of power. The clash of arms. Timely. Relevant. Schenectady, N.Y. - The Acting Company has announced its 39th national tour featuring a new production of William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, one of the greatest political dramas of all time. The tour that originated in January at the Guthrie in Minneapolis and will travel to 31 communities in 21 states plus Ontario, Canada and will play at Proctors on Tuesday, March 27 at 8pm for one performance only. Shakespeare's immortal Julius Caesar is the classic story of pride and envy, arrogance and honor, opportunity and tragic strategic errors. Written in one of the most productive times of Shakespeare's life, Julius Caesar blends the historical events of the reign of this iconic Roman emperor with tragic elements and compelling language to create one of Shakespeare's greatest tragedies. The rhetoric and verse are some of the finest in the Shakespearean canon. Julius Caesar is seen by some as a highly ambitious political leader in Rome hoping to become dictator - by others as a noble and worthy leader. He is warned that he must beware the Ides of March... the prophecy comes true in perhaps the most famous death scene ever written - "Et tu, Bruté?" followed by Mark Antony's famous funeral oration, "Friends, Romans, countrymen..." The Acting Company's use of modern dress allows for greater accessibility for audiences and their engagement with Shakespeare's story. The production will not recreate Shakespeare's story; it stands on its own merits and demands exploration and questioning as much today as when it was written.
Rob Melrose, artistic director of San Francisco's Cutting Ball Theatre, will direct. Called by Stage and Cinema a "theatrical marvel," Mr. Melrose will develop a work whose production quality will equal what we predict will be a profound and lasting impact on audiences nationally.The superb cast, trained at the leading acting conservatories in the country includes Ernest Bentley, Kaliswa Brewster, Caleb Carlson, Ray Chapman, Bjorn DuPaty, Zachary Fine, Whitney Hudson, Joseph Midyett, Kevin Orton, Noah Putterman, Sid Solomon, William Sturdivant and Kathleen Wise. Ticket Prices for William Shakespeare's JULIUS CAESAR performed by The Acting Company at Proctors are $15, $20 & $25 and are available at Proctors Box Office, (518) 346-6204 or online at proctors.org. Groups save up to 20% on regular ticket prices! Save money by becoming a Frequent Buyer! Recommended for age 12 & above for scenes depicting death and violence.-Running Time: 2 hours plus one intermission. The Acting Company Since its founding in 1972 by the legendary John Houseman and current Producing Artistic Director Margot Harley, The Acting Company has performed 136 productions touring to 48 states and ten foreign countries and is America's most respected and praised touring repertory theater. It's innovative education programs are provided in conjunction with the tour and include student matinees, Learning Through Theater artistic residencies, master classes, workshops and Shakespeare for Teachers professional training workshops designed to make the classics more accessible to teacher and students alike. Rainn Wilson, Kevin Kline, Patti LuPone, Jesse L. Martin, Frances Conroy, David Ogden Stiers and Keith David are but a handful of actors who began their careers on tour with The Acting Company. Honored by the TONY® Awards for Excellence in Theater, The Company has won the Obie, Audelco, Citibank's Excellence in Education and Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards. The Guthrie Theater, founded by Sir Tyrone Guthrie in 1963, is one of America's leading regional theaters and is widely recognized as an American center for theater performance, production and professional training. In addition to plays presented on the Guthrie's mainstage, the theater provides an additional season of new works by contemporary playwrights such as Arthur Miller, Edward Albee and Warren Leight at the Guthrie Lab. Under the directorship of Joe Dowling, the Guthrie has built one of the finest multistage theater centers of our time including a classic thrust for grand scale classics, a proscenium for more intimate productions and a studio for developing new works. In 1982, the Guthrie received a TONY Award acknowledging its outstanding contribution to the American Theater. William Shakespeare's JULIUS CAESAR performed by The Acting Company at Proctors is made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, celebrating 50 years of building strong, creative communities in New York State's 62 counties. Free Parking for William Shakespeare's JULIUS CAESAR performed by The Acting Company at Proctors is available in the Broadway Garage, courtesy of Times Union. Go to timesunion.com for news and entertainment.