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All female cast to stage ‘Julius Caesar’

WALLA WALLA – Columbia REA and Shakespeare Walla Walla will present the Seattle Shakespeare Company’s rendition of Julius Caesar, by William Shakespeare, Thursday through Sunday, Aug. 7-10, at the historic Gesa Power House Theatre.

In playwright William Shakespeare’s time (1564 to 1616), all roles, both male and female, were played by men and boys upon the Elizabethan stage. It was the law of the land. Now, in a brilliant turnaround, Shakespeare Walla Walla brings to the Gesa Power House Theatre a professional, all-woman cast playing all the roles in a stirring production of Shakespeare’s play, Julius Caesar.

This swift and enthralling political thriller portrays a life-and-death struggle for power in Rome. Fearing that a charismatic leader’s ambitions threaten the fragile state of affairs, a group of leaders plot to assassinate him. Caesar’s death sends the city into chaos, creating factions of power alliances.

This production originates with the Seattle Shakespeare Company and is brought to the Gesa Power House Theatre by Shakespeare Walla Walla Executive Director Ron Williams as part of the organization’s mission to bring high quality live stage performances to the Walla Walla Valley.

Tickets for the shows to be staged at 7:30 p.m. each night and a matinee performance on Sunday, Aug. 10, at 2 p.m., are available online at www.shakespearewallawalla.org or by calling 509-529-6500.

General admission is $29, $9 for students.

The Gesa Power House Theatre is located at 111 N. Sixth St. in Walla Walla.

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