Bakersfield College

Two Plays Featured in the 34th Annual Kern Shakespeare Festival

illustration for the 2018 Kern Shakespeare Festival

The Bakersfield College Performing Arts Department will present two plays for the 34th Annual Kern Shakespeare Festival. All performances begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Outdoor Theater. Tickets are available via Vallitix and cost $12 for general admission and $8 for students, staff, seniors and veterans. "Measure by Measure" will be performed on October 3rd, 5th, 11th and 13th; "Julius Caesar" will be performed on October 4th, 6th, 10th and 12th. For more information or to request accommodations in advance in order to attend or participate in these performances, please contact Brian Sivesind.

Plot Summaries

Measure for Measure

Pimps. Prostitutes. Drugs. This is the city of Vienna, where the strict vice laws have been overlooked and ignored for the fourteen years since the child Duke Vincentio took power. Now the Duke is grown up and has no idea how to control his city, or himself. His solution? Leave the city in the hands of Angelo - a deputy renowned for his morality and self-discipline - and go undercover to see the results. It seems like a good plan, until Angelo falls to temptation himself and does the unthinkable...

Julius Caesar

Julius Caesar has ascended to the highest echelon of the Roman Republic, but is she getting a little too enamored of her power? The lean and hungry Caius Cassius sure seems to think so, and with the help of one of Caesar's closest allies, Marcus Brutus, he hatches a plot to end the reign of the woman who would be king. But once Caesar is gone, who will fill the power vacuum? Who will the people follow? Who will hold Rome together as mutiny and war engulf the republic?