Theatre@UAFS will perform a rendition of William Shakespeare’s classic drama “Julius Caesar” Feb. 12-15 in the Breedlove Auditorium on the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith campus as part of the university’s Season of Entertainment 34.
The theatre program will present the performance at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 12-14 and 2:30 p.m. Feb. 15. Tickets are $6, and UAFS faculty, staff and students can attend for free with their university ID. The show is recommended for ages 13 and older due to violence.
The historical drama chronicles the assassination of the title figure and the ensuing civil war that results from it. The play features some of Shakespeare’s most famous lines and “is one of the great stories of all Western culture,” according to Bob Stevenson, Theatre@UAFS director.
“I think this play has it all -- intrigue, love, brotherhood, betrayal, battle scenes, and some of the greatest lines in all of Shakespeare,” Stevenson said. “The man who saved Rome and conquered Gaul turns around and becomes its dictator, and when certain factions of Rome won’t serve a tyrant, we end up in one of the most destructive civil wars in all of history.”
Stevenson added that the play won’t adhere to gender roles so that both male and female university students would have the opportunity to perform.
“Whoever proved to be the best actor was given the role regardless of what gender they are,” Stevenson said. “This, of course, is not new. During Shakespeare’s time, all of the roles would have been played by men, and even during our time there have been all female versions of the play.”
“This is great for educational theatre of course, giving more of our actors a chance to work, but it also helps make Caesar an allegory of our modern times,” he added. “It asks a compelling and important question: What do we do with a leader who amasses too much power?”
The cast and crew includes:
Alma: Taylor Fulenwider and Molly Tennison.
Charleston: Zeke Sidwell.
Clarksville: Elizabeth Sampley and Sasha Yedrysek.
Fort Smith: Cody Banning, Jennifer Bradley, Kendra Carter, Thomas Dudley, Jamie Gilliam, Lee Hartsock, Hannah Lovins, Randall Marks, Christian Meurer, Yesenia Torres and Cody Walls.
Greenwood: Cameron Kirsch and Jacob Lensing.
Kibler: Cory Lovett.
Mena: Harmony Chapin.
Muldrow, Okla.: Tricia Peters.
North Little Rock: Erin Decker and Alex Sanders.
Pea Ridge: Chaz Bratton.
Redfield: Woodrow Solon Pender.
Rogers: Brett Alexander.
Van Buren: Deidre Fears.
“Julius Caesar” is part of Season of Entertainment 34, a yearlong lineup of entertainment sponsored by the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith. The season features a slew of touring shows, plays and symphonic performances, including “Stomp” and “Jekyll & Hyde.”
Tickets are available by calling the UAFS Box Office at 479-788-7300 or visiting http://uafs.universitytickets.com. For more information about “Julius Caesar,” contact Stevenson at 479-788-7303 or firstname.lastname@example.org.