William Shakespeare’s

Julius Caesar

March 21 - April 28, 2018

Julius Caesar is triumphant on the battlefield, but in the halls of government his consolidated power is feared. As Rome’s people prepare to anoint an Emperor and surrender their democratic rights, a group of senatorial conspirators plot to assassinate Caesar in the name of liberty. Will this violence bring about a new age of Roman peace, or throw the republic back into civil war? Shakespeare’s epic and thrilling tragedy explores the challenge of sustaining democracy, the timeless nature of propaganda, and the power of self-interest and betrayal to turn a government against its people and politics into a brutal blood sport.

In a new adaptation by director Alexander Burns, which incorporates text from John Masefield’s The Tragedy of Pompey The Great, Joseph Addison’s Cato and other 17th century dramatic writing on Julius Caesar, this promises to be a never before seen retelling of the timely political tragedy of Julius Caesar.

Run Time: 2 hours and 30 minutes

THE REVIEWS

"In a brilliant move, director Alexander Burns gives us a 10-minute backstory to Julius Caesar, Brutus, and their friendship. Shakespeare’s audience didn’t need it, but we do. From there, this production crackles with tension. Pacing is deft, letting this exquisitely crafted play work." - The Philadelphia Inquirer

“I have seen Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar” before but never a production so riveting as the one now running at Quintessence in Mt. Airy.” – Chestnut Hill Local

“You cannot watch the show and not think of America’s current political malaise. But the meaning of “Julius Caesar,” especially in the Quintessence production, is universal and too grand to be restricted to our own pitiable affairs.”

“Burns wisely trusts the play to echo today's political themes in familiar ways. Proclaiming love of country becomes a public contest, especially as senators justify their plot against Caesar — no red hats or Roman-flag lapel pins required.” – Broad Street Review

"This is a Julius Caesar worth seeing, raising all the conflicted issues that have engrossed and appalled audiences for centuries, not least our own." - The Philadelphia Inquirer

THE ENSEMBLE

Michael Brusasco* .................................................................. Marcus Brutus

Tom Carman ............................................................................. Octavius Caesar, Calpurnia

Julia Frey ................................................................................... Portia, Metellus, Pindarus

Michael Gamache ................................................................... Pompey, Cicero, Messala

Paul Hebron* ............................................................................ Julius Caesar, Lepidus

Anita Holland ............................................................................ Casca, Cinna, Lucilius

Kimie Muroya ............................................................................ Decius Brutus, Titinius

David Pica .................................................................................. Cato, Lucius, Soothsayer

Brett Ashley Robinson* ............................................................ Mark Antony, Marcus Acilius

Mary Tuomanen* ........................................................................ Cais Cassius

CREATIVE TEAM

Directed by ............................................................................... Alexander Burns

Costume Design by ................................................................ Jane Casanave

Lighting Design by .................................................................. Ellen Moore

Sound Design by ..................................................................... Daniel Ison

Fight Director ........................................................................... J Alex Cordaro