Julius Caesar to culminate a semester of coursework focusing on "Shakespeare and Politics in Performance"
Posted: March 14, 2012
Friends, Romans, Countrymen, the Shakespeare at Winedale Spring Class will give two performances of Julius Caesar at the Winedale Theatre Barn on April 27 and 28 at 7:00 and one preview performance on the UT campus at the Student Activity Center on April 24. These performances will be the culmination of a semester of coursework focusing on ‘Shakespeare and Politics in Performance.’ Tickets are $10 and $5 for UT ID-holders. Tickets are available through the Shakespeare at Winedale website, www.shakespeare-winedale.org or by calling (512) 471-4726.
Perhaps Shakespeare’s most political play, Julius Caesar tells the story of a great military leader who seems destined to rule Rome, but whose assassination by a republican faction led by Brutus plunges the nation into civil war. Shakespeare's focus is on the conspirators and their complex motives, and the way their highest ideals sometimes lead to disaster.
"It is a fascinating story that has lost none of its power in the 400 years since Shakespeare wrote it, or the 2000 since the events depicted actually took place," said Shakespeare at Winedale director James Loehlin. "This tragedy raises timeless questions about competing systems of government, about the ethics of different methods for effecting political change, and above all, about the way rhetoric is employed to get people to act against their own interests. These are all subjects that are sure to come up in the current election year, and it is exciting to explore Shakespeare's views of them."
Shakespeare at Winedale, part of the University of Texas English Department, invites students from all disciplines to learn about Shakespeare through the experience of performing his works. Since 1970, hundreds of students have taken the stage in the Winedale Theater Barn, using all their intelligence, creativity, and passion to bring these plays to life. The spring class is a course on the University campus, where students spend class periods studying plays, exploring their challenges, and working collaboratively to perform scenes. The course also includes three weekends at the Winedale Historic Center, where students immerse themselves in Shakespearean study surrounded by the beauty of the Texas countryside.