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Coriolanus: opens Nov 10

Shakespeare Players of Rochester stages Coriolanus, Shakespeare’s last
tragedy, as a parable for today’s divisive political times, Nov. 10–18, 2017 at the Multi-use Community Cultural Center (MuCCC Theatre).

John R. Jaeger, an experienced local Shakespearean director and actor, directs Coriolanus, recasting the setting of the early Roman Republic in a 21st century world with a 24/7 news cycle. In this Rome, the 1-percenters rule and the common people have taken to the streets. Political activism faces the powerful status quo. Foreign military campaigns stretch domestic resources thin. This may sound all-too- familiar to today’s observers.

The play tells the story of war hero Caius Martius, given the honorific Coriolanus for his battle prowess and defeat of the city of Corioles. A skilled warrior, Coriolanus lacks the political acumen to succeed in civic life, and risks fatal consequences as he becomes embroiled in Roman politics and turns against the state he once defended. His political misadventures are fueled by his ambitious mother, Volumnia, one of the most powerful female characters in her own right that Shakespeare wrote. Tom Bigongiari and Midge Marshall, both familiar faces in local and community theater in Rochester, play those key roles.

Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 10, 11, 16, 17 and 18, and at 2 p.m. on Nov. 12. All shows will be at MuCCC Theatre, 142 Atlantic Ave. Tickets are available at www.muccc.org or at the door.

Tickets are $19 for adults, $14 for seniors 65 and up, and $9 for those under age 25. Special events with special pricing include an opening night reception and talk-back following the performance on Nov. 10, and a pre-show talk suitable for students at the Nov. 16 show.

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Jamie has been performing with RCP since 2013. Notable roles include playing Helena in the ASL-English production of A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM at Highland Bowl and Ophelia in HAMLET and ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD. She joined the Shakespeare Players Committee in 2016.

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