Shakespeare was passionately interested in the history of Rome, as is evident from plays like Titus Andronicus, Julius Caesar, and Antony and Cleopatra. His tragedy Coriolanus was probably written around 1605-07, and dramatizes the rise and fall of a great Roman general, Caius Martius (later surnamed Coriolanus because of his military victory at Corioli). This play is unusual in that it provides a strong voice for the ordinary citizens of Rome, who begin the play rioting about the high price of food, and who continually clash with Coriolanus because of his contempt for plebians. (Summary by Elizabeth Klett) Cast Caius Martius Coriolanus: thebicyclethief Citizen: Patti Cunningham First Citizen/Second Officer/Second Patrician: Chuck Williamson Cominius: Bob Gonzalez Fifth Citizen: Availle First Conspirator/First Officer/Lieutenant/Second Senator/Second Servingman: Todd First Lord/Sixth Citizen: Tricia G First Senator: DublinGothic First Servingman: Leonard Wilson First Soldier/Herald: J… Source:
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