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'Julius Caesar' on stage through April 23

Published: April 4, 2017 2:00 PM

AKRON -- Rubber City Shakespeare Company is pleased to present William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, directed by distinguished Guest Director, Marshall B Garrett.

In this timely production, Rome is on the verge of crowning Julius Caesar as their new king after 500 years of republic rule. A group of senators plot an assassination to maintain freedom, but it may lead the country into civil war.

Guest Director Marshall B Garrett brings a modern touch to this time-honored tale. Garrett is a director, teacher and scholar based out of the Baltimore, MD area. Garrett received his MFA in Shakespeare and Performance from Mary Baldwin College and has directed for the Capital Fringe Festival and for educational programs at the American Shakespeare Center. While at Mary Baldwin College, his production of Shakespeare's "War of the Roses" was performed, upon invitation, at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival.

In addition, this show features an all-star cast of talented local actors. Rubber City Shakespeare Company's own Producing Artistic Director, Dane CT Leasure, takes to the stage to play the infamous title character. Actor's Equity Association Member, Michael Gatto, will be appearing under a Special Appearance Contract to take on the role of Brutus. They are joined by 11 other talented men and women who will bring the story to life in new and engaging ways.

The production opens April 7, with Rubber City Shakespeare Company's traditional Pay-As-You-Like-It performance, in which admission charges are waived thanks to our generous supporters (audiences are encouraged to "pay as you like it" or donate what they can after the show).

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Julius Caesar runs through April 23. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday performances begin at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday performances begin at 2 p.m. In lieu of a performance on Easter Sunday, there will be a matinee performance on April 15 in addition to the evening show.

Tickets can be purchased at rubbercityshakes.com/tickets or at the door one hour prior to show time.

All performances will be located at The Well, CDC. The Well is located at 647 E. Market St. Akron locals will recognize it as the old First Presbyterian Church.

Rubber City Shakespeare Company was established in 2013 and strives to bring affordable Shakespeare and classical drama to the greater Akron area. We are proudly funded by Ohio Arts Council, The Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation, Akron Community Foundation, and individual members of Northeast Ohio Community.

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