Shakespearean classic to be presented by USD

Shakespearean classic to be presented by USD The University of South Dakota Department of Theatre will present Shakespeare's towering classic The Tragedy of Julius Caesar Oct. 20-23 at 8 p.m. and Oct. 24 at 2 p.m. in the Wayne S. Knutson Theatre in the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts.

In this powerful drama Shakespeare examines themes of ambition, loyalty and guilt when the idealistic Brutus, Cassius and others conspire to assassinate Caesar. Though they justify their bold act to the people and seem to win their favor, that acceptance is short lived as Mark Antony, through eloquent speeches over the corpse of Caesar, cleverly leads the masses to bloody revolt. Civil war ensues as Brutus and Cassius face the consequences of their actions on both political and personal levels.

Ronald L. Moyer, professor and chair of theatre, directs the action which is set in a society that merges ancient and modern eras where generals and politicians fight for power in a war-ravaged land. Linda Scribner and Dennis Chandler, theatre faculty, design the costumes and lights respectively, while Michael Rohlena (Sioux City, IA) designs the setting, and Bram Davidson (Minot, ND) creates the sound design. Both Rohlena and Davidson are graduate students pursuing the MFA in theatre with a specialization in design.�

Actors playing principal roles include Dan Workman (Vermillion) as Brutus, Jeffrey Wheeler (Sioux Falls) as Cassius, and Joel Miron (Minneapolis, MN) as Caesar. Martha Crouse (Morris, MN) plays Brutus' wife Portia, while Emily Bonnema (Sioux City, IA) takes on the role of Caesar's wife, Calpurnia. The persuasive Mark Antony is played by Joie Bauer (Morse Bluff, NE).

The University Theatre box office opens for ticket sales to Julius Caesar Oct. 13.�Admission prices are $10 for adults, $8 for senior citizens (62+), $6 for youth and non-university students, and $2 for university students with current I.D.�Reduced rates are available for groups of 10 or more. Box office hours are noon to 5 p.m. weekdays and noon to curtain on days of performance. To reserve tickets call (605) 677-5400.

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