Chattanooga Now Nashville actors make 'Shakespeare's Case' in performance in Athens

Chattanooga Now Nashville actors make 'Shakespeare's Case' in performance in Athens

March 11th, 2011 by Staff Report in Chattanooga Now - Art

The Athens Area Council for the Arts will present The Nashville Shakespeare Festival production of "Shakespeare's Case" on Monday in the Sue E. Trotter Theater at The Arts Center in Athens, Tenn.

Written by Nan Gurley, Denice Hicks and Claire Syler, "Shakespeare's Case" takes its audience through an argument of logic and emotion with William Shakespeare at the helm. It's set in a 21st-century courtroom with a prosecuting attorney - on behalf of a frustrated teacher of English - asking the court to eliminate the Bard's works from the curriculum due to irrelevance.

The prosecution seems to have a solid case until the defendant shows up to defend his life's work. The appearance of Shakespeare rattles the courtroom, and the entire audience is impaneled as a jury. The trial proceeds and, when the evidence builds against him, Shakespeare takes drastic measures to make his case. The court must decide Shakespeare's fate. Will his work be preserved or stricken from the modern curriculum?

Four actors bring "Shakespeare's Case" to life. The production, appropriate for audiences age 12 and older, runs one hour and 15 minutes without an intermission.

Tickets are available at The Arts Center box office, by phone or online.


* What: "Shakespeare's Case."

* When: 7:30 p.m. Monday.

* Where: The Arts Center, 320 N. White St., Athens, Tenn.

* Admission: $8.

* Phone: 423-745-8781.

* Website: