Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Eddie George to Play Julius Caesar in Nashville Shakespeare Festival Production

Posted by on Wed, Oct 19, 2011 at 1:07 PM

Eddie George in a more modern tale
The Nashville Shakespeare Festival will stage Julius Caesar, the Bard's tragedy about the evil that men do, at Belmont's Troutt Theater in January, and artistic director Denice Hicks tells the Scene that Eddie George has been cast in the role of Caesar.

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


CAST:

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
Walsh

Tickets are $18-$25 and available at the Nashville Shakespeare Festival website.

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