poster for Julius CaesarAMERICAN SHAKESPEARE CENTER RETURNS
TO UALBANY

The UAlbany Performing Arts Center, operating under the auspices of the College of Arts and Sciences and in conjunction with the NYS Writers Institute with support provided by the Department of English and University Auxiliary Services, is pleased to present American Shakespeare Center in a performance of Julius Caesar on Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at 7:30pm. This performance follows up on the company’s successful visits to present Othello in 2013-14 and Much Ado About Nothing in 2014-15.  The stop at UAlbany is part of American Shakespeare Center’s fall tour which includes performances in 20 locations across ten states. 

Performed in true Shakespearian style, Julius Caesar will have audience members seated on three sides. The play will be presented in full light, the set design will be minimal and live acoustic music will be performed before the play and during intermission.  The troupe consists of eleven actors so several play more than one role, another aspect of Elizabethan play going.

With Julius Caesar, “Shakespeare created a play that is both radical and conservative. Passionate and reasoned. Noble and seedy. Political and personal. It is a play that is many things, but make no mistake: it is about us,” claims director Benjamin Curns. “The play reflects not only our love of country and democracy, but the love between husbands and wives, the love of brothers-in-arms, the love of fathers and sons, and perhaps most importantly, our purported love of fairness and equality.” 

He goes on to say, “The United States of America is very clearly the new Rome and as we have inherited the mantle of Super Power from our Roman ancestors, we likewise have taken on their problems, their shames, and their fears. This play is about us. How closely we resemble this Rome depends entirely on how carefully we listen.”

Based in Virginia, the American Shakespeare Center (ASC) recovers the joys and accessibility of Shakespeare’s theatre, language and humanity by exploring the English Renaissance stage and its practices through performance and education.  The ASC’s Blackfriars Playhouse, the world’s only re-creation of Shakespeare’s indoor theatre, is open year-round for productions of classic plays which have been hailed by The Washington Post as "shamelessly entertaining" and by The Boston Globe as "phenomenal…bursting with energy." Founded in 1988 as Shenandoah Shakespeare Express, the group performed at UAlbany under that name in 2000. The organization became the American Shakespeare Center in 2005.

“Touring has always been at the heart of what we do,” says Jim Warren, Artistic Director/Co-founder of American Shakespeare Center. “Part of our mission is to show how accessible, meaningful and fun Shakespeare can be to people locally, regionally and across the nation.  We modeled ourselves on Shakespeare's own company, which also toured, so we're designed to turn every space we play into feeling like a raucous Elizabethan theatre.

Advance tickets are $15 for the general public and $10 for students, seniors and UAlbany faculty-staff.  Tickets purchased on the day of the show are $20 for the general public and $15 for students, seniors and UAlbany faculty-staff.  For reservations and further information, contact the Box Office at (518) 442-3997.

There will also be a special morning matinee performance of Julius Caesar for high school groups on the same day at 10am. This performance is sold out but high school educators are invited to put their groups on a waiting list for seats by contacting the UAlbany Performing Arts Center office at (518) 442-5738 or PAC@albany.edu.