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   from the issue of February 28, 2008

Aquila Theatre Company offers 'Julius Caesar' and 'Catch-22'

The Aquila Theatre Company will present two masterpieces that explore timely political themes, March 6-8 at the Lied Center for Performing Arts.

Fateful Scene - Marcus Brutus and coconspirators assassinate Caesar in the Aquila Theatre Company's production of
 Fateful Scene - Marcus Brutus and coconspirators assassinate Caesar in the Aquila Theatre Company's production of "Julius Caeser." Richard Termine/Courtesy photo.

The company will present "Julius Caesar" on March 6-7 and Joseph Heller's "Catch-22" on March 8. All performances begin at 7:30 p.m.

At 7 p.m. each evening Stephen Buhler, professor of English, will give a pre-performance talk. The talks will be given in the Lied Center's Steinhart Room. Seating is limited.

"Julius Caesar" tells the epic story of the rise and fall of one of the world's most notorious leaders. Set in a world of political intrigue, the production explores the moral and political dilemma of Marcus Brutus - who must decide to join the conspiracy to assassinate Caesar or follow the tyrannical leader. The production 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.

In Heller's stage adaptation of his classic novel, "Catch-22" follows World War II bombardier Yossarian, who is caught in a world of bureaucratic absurdity and irrational madness. The production, based on the island of Pianosa, unfolds as a maze of inter-related "Catch-22s" through which Yossarian must navigate.

Aquila is a company of British and American artists dedicated to classical drama. Founded in London in 1991 by Peter Meineck, Aquila is now based in New York City.

Tickets for this performance are $35 and $25. UNL students with a valid NCard, as well as youth age 18 and younger, may purchase tickets for half price.

For more information, go online to or call 472-4747 or 800-432-3231.



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