'Julius Caesar', with elements of Shakespeare and Americana

November 01, 2007|By TIFFANY ARNOLD

FREDERICK, Md. - On Sunday, Aquila Theatre Company will wed the modernity of contemporary theater with the centuries' old allegory of William Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar."

"Caesar" will be at Weinberg Center for the Arts. Tickets cost $10, $13 and $15.

Peter Meineck, artistic director of Aquila's "Julius Caesar," said the production will combine elements of classical theater, such as Shakespearean dialogue, while paralleling contemporary American society and ancient Roman culture.

"It's not a museum piece, but we're not throwing the baby out with the bath water, either," Meineck said. "You're being challenged the whole time to see the play as a metaphor."

Roman senators don red, clergy-like robes. Soldiers carry shields similar to what modern-day American riot police would carry. And one of the play's backdrops is a close-up, black-and-white image of a New York City courthouse.


Aquila is known for using pared down sets, strong lighting and actors with even stronger physical presence, said John Healey, executive theater manager at Weinberg.

"They don't overwhelm you with a big set," Healey said. "It allows you to focus on the words."

Aquila has been to the Weinberg several times, including their production of "Jekyll & Hyde" last year, Healey said.

The same theater company will bring its production of "Catch-22" to Majestic Theater in Gettysburg, Pa., on Friday, Nov. 2.

If you go ...

WHAT: "Julius Caesar," presented by the Aquila Theatre Company

WHEN: 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4

WHERE: Weinberg Center for the Arts, 20 W. Patrick St., downtown Frederick, Md.

COST: $10, $13 and $15. There is a $5 handling fee per order for Internet and phone orders.

MORE: For tickets, call the Weinberg Center's box office, 301-600-2828, or go to

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