July 25 - August 12, 2012
"What is the city but the people?" - Act III, Scene I
For its 17th season of Shakespeare on the Common, CSC is proud to present the political drama CORIOLANUS. The play charts the rise and fall of a powerful general as he battles enemies abroad, and a tide of popularity at home in Rome. While the war hero triumphs in the field, it's his struggle with politics, responsibility and government that threatens to undo him.
"Demonstrations in the street, politicians jockeying for the loyalty of the populace, consolidation of wealth, tension between the "have's" and the have not's" - 2011, right? No, this is the world of Shakespeare's Coriolanus, perhaps Shakespeare's most political play. The play explores the quixotic and symbiotic connection between the governed and the governors - an issue echoing around the globe in the Arab Spring and in our 2012 presidential election. Coriolanus will capture the energy and passion of the community as we determine leadership of our country for the next four years. It will be a thrilling and dramatic conversation with our audience!" --Steve Maler, CSC Artistic Director
May not be appropriate for all ages. Parental discretion is advised.