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Julius Caesar

Directed by Colin Cheney and Emmy Miller, 2001

"The spirit forces me to tell the reasons: what drove a maddened people into arms, what shook out peace from the earth?" - Lucan, Civil War

CAST
Cinna the Poet - Rebekah Braswell
Soothsayer - Vanessa Gonzalez
Trebonius - Tisola Logan
Ligarius - Doug Lincoln
Julius Caesar - Nick Mitchell
Marc Antony - Ian White
Brutus - Tim Havens
Cassius - Jonah R. Cohen
Casca - Drew Palmore
Cicero - Jack Phillips
Cinna - Sara Primo
Decius Brutus - Rick Bettan
Metellus Cimber - Allyse Heartwell
Lucius - Thomas Bassett
Portia - Jillian Tucker
Calpurnia - Claire F. Karpen
Lepidus - Doug Costello
Servant to Antony - Walker Plumb
Octavius Caesar - Mark Andrew Scott Mob Leaders - Jessica Galante, Aaron Rackoff
Mob - Jack Phillips, Jill Tucker, Claire Karpen, Vanessa Gonzalez

PRODUCTION STAFF
Stage Manager - Nina Miguez
Assistant Director - Grey Sample
Lighting/Special Effects - Mac Vaughey
Fight Director - Joshua Loh
Costume Design - Jessica Galante
Additional Costumes - Jonah R. Cohen

SUMMARY OF THE ACTION
Julius Caesar has returned from defeating Pompey and is the most powerful man in Republican Rome. His ambition grates on many senators, who are used to a (somewhat) democratic state. One senator, Cassius, organizes a conspiracy against Caesar , soliciting the help of Brutus, an idealistic and well-respected young senator, and friend to Caesar. The conspirators kill Caesar on the steps of the Senate. Mark Antony, Caesar's right-hand man, delivers a funeral oration, inciting the mob to riot over Caesar's murder. Cassius, Brutus and their followers are forced to flee. Mark Antony joins with Octavius (Caesar's 19 year old adopted son) and the senator Lepidus to confront Brutus and Cassius. They meet in battle at Phillipi.

DIRECTORS' NOTES
In the year 60 B.C.E three powerful senators, Pompey, Julius Caesar and Crassus, formed a coalition to further their political ambitions. Six years later, the death of Crassus ended the already disintegrating alliance. Caesar and Pompey turned on one another. In winter of 50 B.C.E Caesar cast his die and crossed the Rubicon with his army to take control of Italy, thus starting a civil war. Eventually Caesar defeated Pompey at the battle of Pharsalus. Pompey fled to Egypt, where he was captured and beheaded. Caesar had an affair with young Cleopatra, and swept through the East, conquering everything in his path (Veni, Vidi, Vici). On his return to Rome he celebrated a Triumph over Egypt and the East- a veiled triumph over Pompey as well. He declared himself "Dictator for Life." He was assassinated on March 15th, 44 B.C.E. Caesar's assassination lead to more civil wars. Octavius officially ended the Republic, and began the Empire, establishing himself as the first Emperor of Rome.

Julius Caesar unearths the body politic of human society, baring its strange amalgam of idealism and deep human flaws and desires. Caesar reaches us in three ways: as an historical account, as Shakespeare's reaction to early 17th century British politics, and as testament to the fallibility of our own political scheme. While set historically, our playing of Caesar arises from and enters the theatre of current politics. The play asks us to look into how we perpetuate and create a state from diverging and often conflicting ideologies and groups. It is a story of how pride, envy and idealism wax and wane, moral and political ground is gained and then as swiftly lost. The mob embodies the nature of any populace, at once swayed by well-hewn orations and savvy politicians, and holding great power to influence change. Caesar reminds us of truth's plurality, of the necessity to question our own beliefs and motives, an those of the state of which we are a part. Caesar resonates in the atmosphere of our present society, the United States in the year 2001 C.E. We are the mob Ð careful of who we listen to.

SPECIAL THANKS
Madeline Miller, for her generous support of all her daughter's endeavors, the Cheney Family, Anna Brown, Doug Saphier for swords and much else, PatrickMacroy, the boys of 62 John St.: Chris, Jeff, Alex , Jeffrey Kurtz, Kerry Silva, Jonah Cohen, Mac Vaughey, Jessica Galante, Barbara Thornbrough, CES folk, Joseph Pucci and Michael Putnam, Aaron Beaudette and John Blasing, The Shakespeare on the Green board, our beautiful cast, crew, friends, countrymyn, lovers, and the oh-so-vulgar crowd.

"Odi profanum vulgus" I hate the vulgar crowd. - Horace, Odes 3.1.1

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