Shakespeare's plays captured the essence of humanity so effectively that his plots and characters can don the skin of any era, and the audience will collectively nod their heads and bark a wry laugh in response. The Bard's tragedy "Coriolanus" tells of a Roman warrior returning home to political unrest. The ruling class's foreign military campaigns have dipped severely into the grain stores depended upon by the commoners, so the 99 percent take to the streets. Under the direction of John Jaeger, Shakespeare Players of Rochester will present "Coriolanus," set in the current world's political hellscape and 24-7 news cycle, in a two-week run at MuCCC (142 Atlantic Avenue).
Performances take place on Friday, November 10, and Saturday, November 11, and Thursday, November 16, through Saturday, November 18, at 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, November 12, at 2 p.m. Tickets are $19 for adults; $9 for ages 24 and younger; and $14 for seniors. An opening night reception held after the show will feature commentary from Jaeger, refreshments, and door prizes (pay $6 at the door to attend the reception). muccc.org; rochestercommunityplayers.org.