Julius Caesar: Shakespeare’s African Play/Central Ohio Folk Fest



Verona, Padua, Elsinore…Dakar. Shakespeare’s plays were originally set all over Europe, and a new production by the Royal Shakespeare Company is moving south with the Bard. This hour, we’ll talk with members of the cast about an African adaptation of Julius Caesar playing in Columbus. We’ll find out why the play is so suited for a sub-Saharan setting,  and how a favorite quote of Nelson Mandela inspired the production.


  • Greg Doran,  Director of Julius Caesar, Artistic Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company
  • Lupenga Mphande, Professor of African Studies at OSU
  • Adjoa Andoh, actress with the RSC,  cast as Portia, the wife of Brutus


This production of Julius Caesar is playing at The Southern theater May 1- May 5.

Join a panel discussion of the play featuring our guest, Greg Doran, and members of OSU faculty on May 2 from 4-6 pm.


The 17th Annual Central Ohio Folk Festival is this weekend! In this segment, we’ll preview the weekend of events and discuss the importance of folk music.


  • Scott Alarik, Boston Globe folk music writer and author
  • Art Mittenburgs, planner of the Central Ohio Folk Music Festival


The Central Ohio Folk Festival will be this weekend: May 3, 4 and 5.

The book featured in today’s show was Revival: A Folk Music Novel by Scott Alarik.

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