Summary

Summary

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.

American Theatre Magazine Review:
“. . . the last Elements production was a robust, bloody rendition of Julius Caesar, staged in the stately courtyard to the church – which should indicate that neither the church community nor the audience is full of shrinking violets.”

 

Cast & Staff

Cast & Staff

The Cast

Julius Caesar, Ghost Peter Haig
Mark Antony Chris Kanaga
Brutus Brad Lussier
Cassius Rachel Lussier
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
Amanda Schuman
Ben Vought
Sr. Petra Gibson

News & Reviews

From the Director

From the Director

Dear Friends,

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,

Sr. Danielle Dwyer

See and Hear

See and Hear

 




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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)