Elements Theatre Company presents William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, the epic portrayal of the battle between ambition and honor, conspiracy and love, in Rome 44 BC. Presented outdoors in the atrium of the Church of the Transfiguration at Rock Harbor, Orleans, Julius Caesar comes to life surrounded by the elements — ocean, columns of stone, pillars of fire, and the stirring night air under a canopy of stars.
|Julius Caesar, Ghost||Peter Haig|
|Mark Antony||Chris Kanaga|
|Calpurnia||Sr. Danielle Dwyer|
|Portia, Carpenter, 1st Citizen||Heather Norman|
|Blind Soothsayer, servant to Octavius||Lindsey Kanaga|
|Soothsayer, Artemidorus, 2nd Citizen||Kate Shannon|
|Decius Brutus, Lucilius, 3rd Citizen, Flavius||Robert Cope|
|Caska, Pindarus, 4th Citizen||Kyle Norman|
|Lucius, servant to Brutus||Sarah Hale|
|Servant to Calpurnia||Hannah Tingley|
|Servant to Mark Antony||Andrew Mitchell|
|Cobbler, Cinna, Messala, 1st Citizen||Sr. Phoenix Catlin|
|Metellus Cimber, Lepidus||Br. Matthew Gillis|
|4 Roman Soldiers||Hannah Tingley
Sr. Petra Gibson
Julius Caesar is rife with the violence of betrayal. The phrase, Et tu Brute, has taken on new weight for me in this rehearsal process. I have repeatedly watched Caesar turned on by a wolf pack of conspirators and blindsided as he reaches toward his one hope, Brutus. Betrayal is always personal. Like violence.
Brutus, torn by conflict and reason, can only hope that his choice to murder Caesar is the best for the Rome he sees in decay. It is a quandary in this play – who are the real aggressors?
Brutus and Cassius, who move out in anticipation of what Caesar might do, based on his recent actions and the people’s fervor for him?
Or Caesar, who crossed the Rubicon defying Roman law, declared himself a God and became dictator of Rome?
Caesar is viciously struck down (historically 33 stab wounds) by people he knows and some he loves. Brutus and Cassius, who are at the center of this, are run out of the city they thought they were saving and eventually die violently. For their betrayal, the poet, Dante places the two of them in the lowest circle of Hell with Judas. Which was a probable influence on Shakespeare since his education was in the shadow of the middle ages.
In the myth of Romulus and Remus, Rome was founded on betrayal and fratricide. How like Cain and Able, and the first betrayal in the Garden of Eden. Centuries have past and yet we struggle with the same natures and look for relief from those faults that plague us.
Men at some times are masters of their fates.
The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars,
But in ourselves…Act 1, scene 2
Stories can be a relief from and an answer to these faults, if we wish. It seems for Shakespeare that was part of his purpose in writing them.
All the Best,
Opening night, August 8 at 7:00 p.m., enjoy a special pre-show lecture by Michael Sexton, Artistic Director of the Shakespeare Society, New York City.
For tickets, click here to reserve online or call 508-240-2400.
Show: $30 ($25 seniors, free for students and youth ages 18 and under)
Dinner and show: $60 ($55 seniors, $18 for youth ages 18 and under)