CLC to host the Acting Company’s ‘Julius Caeser’ Feb. 8

Kathleen Wise, left, and Will Sturdivant are among the cast members for “Julius Caeser” to be presented Feb. 8 at Central Lakes College in Brainerd by the Acting Company and the Guthrie Theater.

Following a month-long residency at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, the Acting Company will make Central Lakes College the first stop of its 2012 tour to perform Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8 in Chalberg Theatre on the Brainerd campus.

“Julius Caesar” is a classic story of pride and envy, arrogance and honor, opportunity and tragic strategic errors. Written in one of his most productive times of Shakespeare’s life, “Julius Caesar” blends the historic events of the reign of this iconic roman emperor with tragic elements and compelling language creating of Shakespeare’s greatest tragedies.

“In the 1980s and 90s, every election was peppered with reports of voter apathy,” said Director Rob Melrose. “The intense passion that now permeates our politics and threatens to divide our country make this a perfect time to re-examine Shakespeare’s ‘Julius Caesar’ — a play that looks at what happens when political convictions create conflict and sometimes tragic upheaval.

“We’re imagining a ‘Julius Caesar’ that captures the energy and excitement of American politics of the last presidential and mid-term elections: the rallies, the protests, the political spectacles of conventions, bill signings and the congress, the high stakes speeches and debates, and of course the behind the scenes deal-making and strategizing.”

The Acting Company has garnered critical acclaim on a national scale through 135 productions and 39 seasons of classic, contemporary and new plays.

Recipient of a Tony Award of Excellence in Theatre, the Acting Company has won other numerous awards for performance and education including Obies, Audelcos, and the Los Angeles Critics Circle Award.

The Cultural Arts Series is an offshoot of Central Lakes College Theatre. It is the goal of the Series to bring to local stages professional artists of national and international reputation.

Ticket prices for “Julius Caesar” depend upon location of seating. Tickets are for assigned seats. For full ticket details and seating charts, visit www.clctickets.com

For information call (218) 855-8199 or e-mail clcthe atre@clcmn.edu

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