Shakespeare. The name itself sends shivers down people’s spines. Sometimes they’re the good kind from those that are looking forward to a good play performance. Other times it’s the chilling cold of having to analyze one of the plays. Luckily for you, this time it’s the former! Studio 301, an all undergraduate run student theater club, will be doing a production of Julius Caesar! Studio 301 is a tight knit group of students that are always welcoming new members into their group. Their Facebook page can be found at http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=2200560994&v=info for anyone that is interested.
I was able to sit down with the director, Michael Lutheran, and hear him talk about the play. Julius Caesar is a production he has wanted to do since his sophomore year of high school (he’ll be graduating this quarter). It took him 6 years to get to this point, but he has finally arrived and he’s extremely excited to make this show happen. He and the assistant director, Lily Anderson, have known each other for over 10 years and are very excited to bring the play to the UC Davis campus and after doing some research into the story of Julius Caesar as well as Roman history, have put their own creative interpretations into the play. As Michael puts it “This will be a Caesar you’ve never seen before” and Lily backs it up, calling it “A Caesar for our generation!” Some of the changes Michael told me about are the roles of the soothsayers (yes, plural for those that have seen the play before) and there will be more actions scenes, something that everyone’s probably looking forward to! And for those that are hardcore Shakespeare fans, the director says they should enjoy this interpretation quite a bit!
Michael and Lily put a lot of work into this show. The auditions occured at the end of the Winter quarter, where potential actors and actresses read a piece in front of the directors. Originally Michael was worried that he wouldn’t get enough students to join the production, but by the second day he had over 40 potential thespians! Sadly, they had to cut down that number and now they have a cast of roughly 20 people, from a variety of majors. They’re not all drama majors and not all the students are undergrads. Some of them are alumni that have come back to be a part of the play. And not all of them have had previous experience with Shakespeare, so it has been an introduction for them. I interviewed one of the actresses, a member of the soothsayers, Yana, about what she thought of the cast. She said that the cast is like a family. Synergy doesn’t even begin to explain how well they work together. And she says that the play is “going to be epic. Expect the unexpected!”
With all these words, of excitement and praise, how can you resist? With a completely renovated vision of Julius Caesar and a soundtrack that will be completely original, this is one show that you won’t want to miss!
The play will take place by the School of Education Courtyard in front of Sproul Hall in UC Davis. It will be an outdoor performance and take 2 and a half hours to complete, so make sure to plan accordingly!
Starting at 8PM:
May 11th*, 12th, 13th, 14th, 20th, 21st
Starting at 7PM:
May 15th, 22nd
Tickets will be $6 for students and $10 for general admission, available at the UC Davis Ticket Office in Freeborn Hall. Tickets can be purchased there from 10am to 5pm Monday through Friday, or you can purchase tickets by phone at (530) 752-1915, however, be warned that there is a $5 per order fee for phone orders.
*May 11th will be a preview night and tickets for it will only cost $5!