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‘Julius Caesar’ comes to ‘Shakespeare on the Lawn’
BY LIANA BAYNE
Grab your picnic blankets and get ready to ask, “Et tu, Brute?”
The Fredericksburg Players of Shakespeare will present “Julius Caesar” during “Shakespeare on the Lawn at Kenmore” this weekend and next weekend.
“Julius Caesar” chronicles Caesar’s death.
Alma Withers, the educational director at Kenmore, said the play has been given a “Civil War flair” to reflect this year’s sesquicentennial celebration. It’s also been edited to last only an hour, so younger viewers can enjoy it as well.
“The play relates the Civil War to what happened with Caesar,” Withers said.
She said the audience can expect to see actors in both togas and traditional Civil War uniforms.
Fred Franklin, the play’s director, said he’s been wanting to produce “Caesar” in dual time periods for years. He feels the themes of ambition and fear are still relevant to a modern audience.
“Shakespeare on the Lawn at Kenmore” has been a part of Fredericksburg’s summer scene for 10 years. This year will be the first to feature a raised stage for ease of viewing by the audience.
Franklin, a retired English and drama high school teacher, thinks “Caesar” is one of the most read and hated plays in high school.
But “give Caesar one more chance,” Franklin said. “It’s been a long time since high school.”
WANT TO GO?
What: Shakespeare on the Lawn at Kenmore: “Julius Caesar”
Where: Kenmore Plantation, 1201 Washington Ave.
When: Saturdays and Sundays, June 16–17, 23–24. Curtain at 7 p.m. In case of rain, the play will be moved inside.
Cost: $10 adults, $5 students. (Annual passes cannot be used for this event.)
Info: 540/373-3381; kenmore.org
Liana Bayne: 540/374-5444