Free and open to the public.
Staged on the steps of Old Main, this production will be set in a contemporary African nation (“Rome”) in order to draw parallels between modern African dictatorships and Shakespeare’s Roman Republic of 44 B.C. under the dictatorship of Julius Caesar. The idea that a dictator is pulled down by “honorable men” only to plunge the nation into a bloody civil war is the common thread in several African states and is essentially the same idea that drives the play Julius Caesar.
Julius Caesar was killed by assassins on March 15, 44 B.C. Abraham Lincoln was killed by an assassin’s bullet on April 15, 1865. In recognition of the two anniversaries, a special performance of Aaron Copland's Lincoln Portrait will be presented by the Penn State Philharmonic Orchestra prior to the Friday evening performance of Julius Caesar. The collaborative presentations will address themes such as protecting the union, winning the peace, misuse of power, tyranny, fear, division of state, and healing.
April 15, 7:30 p.m.: Julius Caesar performance
April 16, 7:30 p.m.: Julius Caesar performance
April 17, 6:30 p.m.: Penn State Philharmonic Orchestra performance of Aaron Copland's Lincoln Portrait
April 17, 7:45 p.m Julius Caesar performance