In non-journalism news, I’m joining the cast of William Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar” at American University¬†this spring. I’ll be playing the triple role of Flavius/Trebonis/Messala.

As a part time student/journalist next semester, I had extra time to do a little theatre with my favorite playwright (I wrote a 30-page paper in high school analyzing the psychology of Shakespeare’s tragic protagonists).

This will also be a fascinating look at Shakespeare’s classic tragedy in a mostly gender-reversed cast. Instead of Roman politicians, Brutus, Cassius and Caesar are all high school girls. Picture “Julius Caesar” meets “Mean Girls.” Odd at first glance, but it makes a lot of sense the more you think about it. Kudos to director Megan Fraedrich for drawing that connection and allowing me to be a part of the process.

The group of students producing this show, the Rude Mechanicals, have been my friends since freshman year. It’s a privilege to finally share a stage with them.

The show goes up Feb. 27 to March 1.