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Beware The Ides Of March…In August: Previewing The Houston Shakespeare Festival

Artistic director Jack Young and actor Dean Coutris talk about this year’s productions of Julius Caesar and As You Like It.

A portrait of William Shakespeare.


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The Houston Shakespeare Festival debuted in 1975 as a series of summer shows, free to the public at Herman Park's Miller Outdoor Theater. The 2019 season, which runs Aug. 2-11, includes productions of Julius Caesar and As You Like It.

In the audio above, Houston Matters host Craig Cohen learns more about this year’s production from Jack Young, the festival’s artistic director, and actor Dean Coutris, who plays Julius Caesar.

We learn about this year’s productions, why Coutris left his career in accounting to take up acting, and how the festival is using fake blood onstage for the first time.

Dean Coutris as Don Carlos Homenides de Histangua in the University of Houston’s spring 2019 production of “A Flea in Her Ear.”
Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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