Rocket City Shakespeare

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William Shakespeare's

In ancient Rome, in the aftermath of a famine, the common people demand the right to set their own price for the city's grain supply. In response to their protests, the ruling aristocracy grant the plebeians five representatives, or tribunes--a decision that provokes the ire of the proud patrician soldier Caius Martius, who has nothing but contempt for the lower classes. War breaks out with a neighboring Italian tribe, the Volscians, who are led by Martius' great rival, Tullus Aufidius. In the campaign that follows, the Volscians are defeated, and the Rome takes the Italian city of Corioles thanks to the heroism of Martius. In recognition of his great deeds, he is granted the name Coriolanus.

Upon his return to Rome, Coriolanus is given a hero's welcome, and the Senate offers to make him consul. In order to gain this office, however, he must go out and plead for votes, a task that he undertakes reluctantly. At first, the common people agree to give him their votes, but they later reverse their decision. This drives the proud Coriolanus into a fury, and he speaks out intemperately against the very idea of popular rule; seizing on his words, some declare him a traitor to the Roman state and drive him into exile.

Desiring revenge against Rome, Coriolanus goes to his Volscian enemy, Aufidius, makes peace with him and joins him in planning an attack on Rome. Deaf to the pleas of friends and family to return to Rome, Coriolanus is eventually betrayed by the Volscians.

Performances at the Exhibit Hall, UAH Campus,
Friday, December 12 @ 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 13 @ 1:00 p.m.
                                       @ 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 14 @ 1:00 p.m.
Friday, December 19 @ 7:00 p.m.
Saturday. December 20 @ 1:00 p.m.
                                       @ 6:00 p.m.

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