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Reichhold Center Presents Shakespeare's 'Julius Caesar'

Aug. 30, 2007 – The Reichhold Center for the Arts presents a special performance of William Shakespeare's classic "Julius Caesar" at 8 p.m., on Saturday, Sept. 22. The play will be performed by the Aquila Theatre Company, which is the permanent artist-in-residence at New York University's Center for Ancient Studies.
"Julius Caesar" follows the epic story of the rise and fall of one of the world's most notorious leaders. Set in a world of political intrigue and strained domestic relationships, the production explores the moral and political dilemma of Marcus Brutus.
The Shakespearean classic is a reading staple in schools. As such, Reichhold Center will coordinate with the Virgin Islands Council on the Arts and the Department of Education to arrange class attendance including discount tickets to students.
Aquila Theatre Company is the foremost producer of touring classical theatre in the United States, visiting 60-70 American cities per year. This past year, the company started teaching Shakespeare at Frederick Douglas Academy in Harlem, N.Y., culminating in a student production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream." Now in its 16th year, the company of American and British actors portrays classic Greek and Shakespearean theatre for modern audiences.
Aquila presented "Romeo & Juliet" at Shakespeare Festivals in Germany, Hungary and Poland this past summer. Last season, the group toured with Greek plays "Prometheus Bound" by Aeschylus and Homer's "Iliad." Recently, Aquila performed "Much Ado About Nothing" at the White House.
Reichhold Center is Aquila's first stop on its 2007/2008 "Julius Caesar" tour. The company is also touring with Joseph Heller's stage adaptation of his novel "Catch-22."
The "Julius Caesar" performance is co-sponsored by the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation. English and Theatre teachers interested in having students attend can contact Reichhold Center at 693-1554. Tickets are $5 for students.
Tickets for the general public are $10, $12 and $15 and are available at Modern Music, Parrot Fish, UVI Bookstore, V.I. Bridal & Tuxedo, Urban Threadz, Essentric Shoe Boutique, Island Video (Nisky), Home Again (Red Hook) and the Reichhold Center box office at 693-1559.

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