KY Shakespeare brings Julius Caesar to Hazard

Apr 5, 2013

Young people and others in Hazard will be treated to a performance of Shakespeare next week. John Hingsbergen reports that Kentucky Shakespeare, based in Louisville, is bringing Julius Caesar to the Hazard Community and Technical College.

Performers with the Official Shakespeare Festival of the Commonwealth will take the stage for a 90-minute matinee performance of the Bard’s portrayal of the rise and fall of the notorious leader.

Tammy Duff, Performing Arts Director for the HCTC Greater Hazard Area Arts Council, says the production is targeted to students in 6th through 12 grades but others from the community are welcome as well. 

Brantley Dunaway is Producing Artistic Director and CEO for Kentucky Shakespeare.  He’s also the director of Julius Caesar and says this production is all about accessibility.  He says the show is designed to travel and can be staged in just about any size venue and, while the text of Shakespeare’s tragedy remains unchanged from the original, in the spirit of accessibility for students, the players will be seen in stylized and contemporary costumes.

Brantley Dunaway tells us Kentucky Shakespeare, which was founded in 1949, will see its one millionth child during its presentation of Julius Caesar this year.

Tammy Duff, of the HCTC Greater Hazard Arts Council says a production of this type serves an important role in keeping the arts alive in the community.

The Kentucky Shakespeare production of Julius Caesar will take the stage Thursday afternoon at 12:30 at the First Federal Center at Hazard Community and Technical College.