Julius Caesar

A fast-moving thriller about the struggle for democracy, Julius Caesar explores power, loyalty, and tragic idealism through the friendship of great men. Shakespeare’s tense drama of high politics is both epic and intimate, with powerful speeches in public squares and whispered conspiracies in back rooms and dark hallways. Born in the shadows, unlikely alliances set up a chain of events that brings down the great Caesar and thrusts Rome into a disastrous civil war. James Edmondson (King Lear, Hamlet, Much Ado About Nothing) directs this tale of political intrigue that resonates today.

Director, James Edmondson Jim Edmondson

Julius Caesar is the story of a murder that changed the history a country.  It is the study of how several good men justified the taking of a significant life, and how they influenced one another beyond the assassination.  As is often the case with Shakespeare’s telling of a familiar story, the play examines the conflicts within each of the characters and also between them. The depth of their conflicts is equal to the size of the events.

When Caius Cassius, one of Rome’s military and civic leaders who views Caesar as a tyrant, urges his dear friend Brutus, “Why, man, he doth bestride the narrow world/Like a Colossus, and we petty men/Walk under his huge legs, and peep about/To find ourselves dishonourable graves./Men at sometime were masters of their fates./The fault, dear Brutus is not in our stars,/But in ourselves that we are underlings” he sets in motion not only a horrifically bloody act of political insurgency, but events that will put the two men’s friendship to a great moral test.

After deep examination, Brutus concludes: “It must be by his death . He would be crowned. /How that might change his nature, there’s the question./It is the bright day that brings forth the adder,/And that craves wary walking.  Crown him: That!/ And then, I grant we put a sting in him/That at his will he may do danger with/And therefore think him as a serpent’s egg,/Which hatched, would as his kind grow mischievous/And kill him in the shell.”

Brutus instructs the conspirators, “And gentle friends,/Let’s kill him boldly, but not wrathfully. /Let’s carve him as a dish fit for the gods,/Not hew him as a carcass fit for hounds!”

But Octavius, Caesar’s adopted son, promises Brutus, “Look, I draw a sword against Conspirators./When think you that the sword goes up again? /Never til Caesar’s three and thirty wounds/Be well avenged.” Cassius: “How many ages hence/Shall this our lofty scene be acted over/In states unborn and accents yet unknown!”  Brutus: “How many times shall Caesar bleed in sport?”

Our production of this play chooses not to focus on the grand scale depiction of Rome familiar to us now through popular television series, but rather on the deep, moment to moment human interactions that put relationships to the test and that is always at the heart of Shakespeare’s authorship.

CAST

CAESAR’S SERVANT – Raelynn Peter
CAIUS CASSIUS – Benjamin Boucvalt
CALPURNIA – De’Onna Prince
CASCA – Peter Eli Johnson
CICERO – Michael Fitzpatrick*
CINNA – JuCoby Johnson
CINNA THE POET – Silas Sellnow
COBBLER – Blake Henri
DARIUS – Emily Perkins
DECIUS – Blake Henri
FLAVIUS – Michael Fitzpatrick*
JULIUS CAESAR – Zach Curtis*
LEPIDUS – Michael Fitzpatrick*
LIGARIUS – Mark Murphey*
LUCIUS – Caroline Amos
MARC ANTONY – Jason Rojas*
MARCUS BRUTUS – John Maltese
MESSALA – Blake Henri
MESSENGER – Justin Erbe
METELLUS – Silas Sellnow
MURRELLUS – Mark Murphey*
OCTAVIUS – JuCoby Johnson
PINDARUS – Ted Kitterman
PORTIA – Tarah Flanagan*
SOOTHSAYER – Ted Kitterman
TITINIUS – Peter Eli Johnson
TREBONIUS – James Queen
VOLUMINOUS – Justin Erbe

Production Team

DIRECTOR – James Edmondson***
PRODUCTION STAGE MANAGER – Daniel Munson*
STAGE MANAGER – Violet Smith
ASST. STAGE MANAGER – Victoria Esquibell
SCENIC DESIGNER – R. Eric Stone
LIGHTING DESIGNER – Lonnie Alcaraz**
SOUND DESIGNER – Matt Tibbs
COSTUME DESIGNER – Rebecca Bernstein
PROPERTIES SUPERVISOR – Connor McEvoy
TEXT & VOICE COACH – Erica Tobolski
TEXT COACH INTERN – Lauren Pennline

*Denotes membership in Actors’ Equity Association, the union of professional stage actors and stage managers.
**Denotes membership in United Scenic Artists
***Denotes membership in the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society

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2016: Julius Caesar