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Clarence Felder as General Rufio

Beware the Ides!

Actors' Theatre of South Carolina presents the amazing life and death of Julius Caesar, told through the eyes of General Rufio, son of a former slave and Caesar's trusted companion. Accurate costumes, weapons, and battle maps help tell this engrossing story!

Saturday, March 15th

3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Bostick Auditorium, Richland Library Main

Richland Library Literary Resident Clarence Felder -- broadway, film, and television actor -- portrays General Rufio in this one-man show, which he wrote about the life and death of the Roman Empire's most famous ruler.


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