New York theatre troupe prepares for two nights of plays

4 months 1 week 11 hours ago February 18, 2017 Feb 18, 2017 Saturday, February 18 2017 Saturday, February 18, 2017 3:03:00 PM CST in News
By: Desiree' Evans, KOMU 8 Reporter

COLUMBIA — The Acting Company based out of New York has crossed the country and is now in Columbia to perform the plays X and Julius Caesar. 

According to the company's website, X is about the assassination of Malcolm X. 

Production Stage Manager Lindsey Turteltaub said Ian Belknap's, the artistic director, vision for the play came from a footnote in a book. 

"He was reading a biography about the Kennedy assassination and then there was a footnote about Malcolm X's assassination in this book," Turteltaub said. "It was kind of crazy that this really incredible, important figure in American history was relegated to a footnote." 

Turteltaub said the artistic director was interested in taking the footnote and making it the center of the story. She said the play is set up in a court room and there are different characters testifying against Malcolm X throughout the play. 

"There's never actually a 'who killed Malcolm X' and that's not even the point of the story," she said. "It's more about the impact he had on society."

Turteltaub said X and Julius Caesar were thought of together as "two pieces that compliment each other" and that Julius Caesar is "beautifully crafted". 

"There is a trajectory in our Julius Caesar where we do start out in a more traditional Roman aspect," she said. "And then there's a turning point where we start to fast forward into a more modern context." 

X will be performed at the Rhysnburger Theatre at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 18 and Julius Caesar will be performed at the Rhynsburger Theatre at 2 p.m. on Feb. 19.

To learn more about The Acting Company, click here

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