Hicks says the former Titans great is a "fantastic actor and is perfect for the role."
George teamed with jeff obafemi carr in last year's Amun Ra staging of the two-man show Topdog/Underdog, a play known for its demands on even seasoned actors. Here's what actor-director carr said of his student in a Scene cover story on the production: "I put him through tongue twisters, long soliloquies, Shakespeare, everything I could come up with that would easily discourage anyone who wasn't totally serious," carr remembers, laughing. ... "He just took them all in, didn't flinch and kept getting better."
And now, George will slip on one of history's most famous togas to play the part of a leader sabotaged by a group of conspiring senators — echoes of our own age! More details on the upcoming Julius Caesar production below:
The Nashville Shakespeare Festival presents: Julius Caesar
Troutt Theater at Belmont University
January 10-29, 2012
Directed by Beki Baker
Set Design by MadeFirst
Costume Design by June Kingsbury
Music by Tom McBryde
Light Design by Anne Willingham
Eddie George as Julius Caesar
Brian Webb Russell as Brutus
David Compton as Cassius
Eric D. Pasto-Crosby as Mark Antony
Ensemble: Jon Royal, Denice Hicks, Tamira A. Henry, Robyn Berg, Matthew L.
Raich, Daniel Hackman, Will Sevier, Caleb Pritchett, Maya Abram, Elizabeth
Tickets are $18-$25 and available at the Nashville Shakespeare Festival website.