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SDSU Stages All-Female ‘Julius Caesar’

The cast of SDSU's all-female production of

Credit: Courtesy of SDSU

Above: The cast of SDSU's all-female production of "Julius Caesar."

SDSU Stages All-Female 'Julius Caesar'

GUEST:

Delicia Turner Sonnenberg, artistic director, Moxie Theatre

Transcript

It's no accident that San Diego State University's theater department is staging "Julius Caesar" during the 2016 presidential election.

Guided by director Delicia Turner Sonnenberg, this re-imagining of Shakespeare's political tragedy was specifically timed to highlight themes of politics and power.

Turner Sonnenberg, the artistic director of Moxie Theatre, added another twist to this show: all the characters are played by women.

Usually, she explained, a Shakespeare play means very few parts for female characters. She wanted to give young women the opportunity to play roles that aren't traditionally open to them.

Sonnenberg, who earlier this year was named director of the year by the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle, spoke to Midday Edition Thursday about the power of women performing Shakespeare, and why "Julius Caesar" is still relevant in today's political climate.

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