AQUILA THEATRE COMPANY RETURNS TO UNA TO STAGE 'JULIUS CAESAR'
Jan. 16, 2008
By Rebecca Walker
UNA Student Writer
FLORENCE, Ala. — The internationally acclaimed Aquila Theatre Company will return to the University of North Alabama to present Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar” at 7 p.m. Feb. 11 in Norton Auditorium. This is the sixth year the traveling drama production group has performed at UNA, first appearing in Florence with a double performance in 2002.
“This company is for people who think they are not going to like Shakespeare,” said Jayne Jackson, the university’s events coordinator. “They are so tremendously well-versed in the language and words that you forget they’re speaking that way. It becomes second nature. They make the language so accessible and have such a musical and visible approach to the material that it just draws you in and keeps you there.”
“Aquila’s production (of ‘Julius Caesar’) asks the audience to consider the price of democracy and freedom and the consequences that can befall a society when it is asked to defend its core beliefs,” said Bret Jennings, director of university events. “With ‘Julius Caesar,’ Aquila will bring one of Shakespeare’s most relevant and timely works to vibrant life in a production that is visceral, challenging and, above all, entertaining.”
An endowment in memory of Albert S. Johnston, who was a member of the UNA English faculty, has made the unique opportunity available to the university and surrounding community.
Tickets are $5 each. To reserve seats, call 256-765-4658 by Jan. 31. Tickets will also be available at the door.