Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Upcoming: Coriolanus by William Shakespeare, November 3 - 18

Trinity Street Players AUstin TX

William Shakespeare’s Coriolanus Trinity Street Players Austin TX

William Shakespeare’s Coriolanus - Opens November 2nd at Black Box Theatre!

War is hell, but politics may be worse. And when one becomes the other, no one walks away unscathed.

In this season of political warfare and warring politics, experience Trinity Street Players’ production of William Shakespeare’s Coriolanus starting November 2nd at Blackbox Theatre at Ninth and Trinity in downtown Austin. 

Believed to be written by Shakespeare between 1605 and 1610, the play’s themes of class privileges and general unhappiness with government remains relevant today in our own sound-bite society as they were in the riotous streets of the Roman Republic.

The play begins with Coriolanus, a respected and feared general who is at odds with his City and his people. Pushed by his highly determined and calculating mother to seek the prestigious position of Consul, Coriolanus gives into his mother’s wishes but ultimately finds himself banished and raging with vengeance.

Coriolanus is directed by Bridget Farias, an award-winning actress and director, who is currently the full-time Artistic Director at the EmilyAnn Theatre in Wimberley, Texas. Farias holds Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in both Acting and Directing and has recently played Catherine in Proof with Trinity Street Players and Lady Macbeth in Macbeth at the EmilyAnn Theatre.

The brilliant cast features Kevin Gates as “Coriolanus.” Gates is a Master of Fine Arts theatre student at Texas State University. He recently played Giovanni in Tis Pity She's a Whore and is directing Dr. Faustus for Last Act Theatre. Sam Mercer will play “Aufidius.” Mercer was recently nominated for two B.Iden Payne Awards, having played in Austin Shakespeare and Two Towers. Austin favorite Charles Stites will play “Menenius.” Stites is a past B.Iden Payne Award Nominee and a well-known and respected local actor and director.

A show with important societal themes, Coriolanus will leave you asking, “Who is worthy to lead? What role do we all have in the success or failure of our government? What is the price of power? And how far, really, are we willing to go to get what we want?”

Opening night is Friday, November 2nd at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are free to the public, but reservations may be made at http://trinitystreetplayers.com/reservations or by calling 512-402-3086. Donations are appreciated.

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