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Julianne Caesar
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.1627  Thursday, 2 September 2004

From:           Jinny Webber <
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Date:           Wednesday, 1 Sep 2004 16:14:20 EDT
Subject:        Julianne Caesar

To Shakespeareans in California:

Et tu, Brute?

In-fighting among contemporary coeds takes a page from bloody ancient
Rome in Julianne Caesar by local playwright David Starkey, which
premiered in the NYC fringe, June, 2004. This tragi-comedy, directed by
Michelle Osborne, runs September 9-10-11 at Santa Barbara's Center Stage
Theatre, 751 Paseo Nuevo.  Julianne Caesar opens with the theater
department of Connie Francis College preparing to put on an all-women
production of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar.  Backstage rivalries mirror
the on-stage doings of Shakespeare's tragedy: betrayal and ill omens
which presage murder. The play bounces from the California-speak of the
actors to their eloquent Shakespeare speeches, both in rehearsal and in
moments of high emotion--often with a comic twist. While Shakespeare's
language elevates the coed's expressiveness, manly concerns with honor,
justice, and revenge in Julius Caesar may contribute to their own tragic
drama.   "How many ages hence / Shall this our lofty scene be acted
over, / In states unborn, and accents yet unknown?" says Cassius to
Brutus in Julius Caesar. Surely the Bard never imagined reenacting the
"lofty scene" in an all woman's college in Southern California--with
Valley Girl accents to boot!  Tickets at Center Stage Box Office, (805)
963-0408 and online: www.centerstagetheater.org

Hope to see you there,
Jinny Webber, Producer and Artistic Director,
New Bard Productions      www.newbardproductions.com.

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