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Shakespeare's complex story line and characters with one of the most dramatic betrayals in history---one that has resonated through time. "Et tu, Brute?"
Produced in cooperation with the KiMo, The Vortex Theatre, Albuquerque's oldest continuously-running black box theater, brings to life the complex story line and characters that created one of the most dramatic betrayals in history---one that has resonated through time. "Et tu, Brute?" has become recognizable as the classic question of betrayal.
Rather than Rome in 44 BC, the story about a republic on the verge of collapse-torn by external threats, divisive politics, and corrupt, power-seeking politicians-is set in the United States of 2059. A strong military leader is poised to take control and restore order. An idealistic believer in the old republican values is seduced into murdering the would-be tyrant, but soon learns he has solved nothing.
A scene from Julius Caesar. Photo courtesy: The Vortex Theatre
The comparisons between the issues that divided and ultimately succeeded in the decline of once-mighty Rome and the political climate in the U.S. today may resonate in this time of bitter partisan politics.
At the heart of the play and this production are the relationships between the people about whom the story is told. In addition to the main characters of Brutus, Cassius, Portia, Antony, Octavius Caesar, and the immense personage of Julius Caesar, the people of Rome play a major role, seeking peace and security, but so easily manipulated.
Shakespeare is at his perceptive and entertaining best in this story of politics, sexual intrigue, bitter hatreds and battles. The question remains: Can a free society in turmoil avoid the fate of Rome?
Director Peter Shea Kierst has been acting and directing in Albuquerque for four decades and served as Artistic Director of the Vortex from 1981-1983. He was Interim Artistic Director for Albuquerque Little Theatre in 2006-2007 and has performed numerous Shakespearean roles, as well as directing several of Shakespeare's most popular plays.
Student matinees are scheduled for 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on Friday, September 25, with public performances at 7 p.m. on Saturday, September 26 and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, September 27.
Tickets for the public performances are $5 - 10 and are available at www.KiMoTickets.com. Tickets are also available at the KiMo Ticket Office, 505-768-3544. Hours: Wednesday - Saturday 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. For information and tickets to the student matinees, please call The Vortex Theatre at 505-247-8600.