CORPUS CHRISTI – A modern day portrayal of William Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar,” influenced by one of Netflix’s most popular dramas, will be presented by the Department of Theatre and Dance at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. As told on the Ides of March by the women of Republic Prison, the tragedy will be delivered in a similar fashion as the hit show, “Orange is the New Black.”
The production will run from Tuesday, Oct. 13, through Sunday, Oct. 18, in the Wilson Theatre, located in the Center for the Arts. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. from Tuesday through Saturday with a 2 p.m. Sunday matinee.
The play is adapted and directed by Alison Frost, Assistant Professor of Theatre, and will feature an all-female cast, a concept she has had in mind for the play for the last 10 years.
“Shakespeare’s legacy of unforgettable roles including Hamlet, Brutus, Macbeth, Lear and many others were never written or conceived to be portrayed by women,” said Frost. “It has been a wonderful challenge as a director and acting teacher watching our cast of 21 women embody the personas of these strong, educated, and eloquent Roman men—making daily discoveries about gender roles and stereotypes, power, politics and commitment.”
Frost says the cast has done extensive research into the lives of real women in prison systems in order to create characters that fit with their roles. In addition, the story has been adapted to include elements of stage combat and hip-hop.
The plot revolves around Julius Caesar, who seems to have an insurmountable amount of power, after recently returning to Rome following the defeat of Pompey. However, as evidenced by the deceit of some of the ruler’s closest confidants, either the political rhetoric by persuasive intellectuals or brute force will determine Caesar’s fate – and that of the Republic. Accompany the women of Republic Prison as they recount Caesar’s tale of politics, betrayal, and war.
Tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for non-A&M-Corpus Christi students, and $5 for TAMU-CC students with a valid SandDollar$ ID at the door (cash only). For more information go to http://cla.tamucc.edu/theatre/productions/2015/Shakespeare%20Caesar.html.