MATTHEW AMENDT: Cassius; JORDAN BARBOUR: Mark Antony; MARK BEDARD: Trebonius; BENJAMIN BONENFANT: Octavius Caesar; LIAM CRAIG: Caius Ligarius; TED DEASY: Metellus Cimber; BRANDON J. DIRDEN: Marcus Brutus; EMILY DORSCH: Cicero; MICHELLE HURST: Soothsayer; MERRITT JANSON: Portia; ARMANDO McCLAIN: Cinna; GALEN MOLK: Cinna the Poet; BARRET O’BRIEN: Decius Brutus; JULIAN REMULLA: Lucius; JULIANA SASS: Artemidorus; ROCCO SISTO: Julius Caesar; STEPHEN MICHAEL SPENCER: Caska; TIFFANY RACHELLE STEWART: Calphurnia
With mesmerizing energy, Shana Cooper’s production explores what happens when violence is used to govern, and theatricalizes a mythic cycle that combines the political, psychological, and phantasmagorical… a cycle that has happened before and will happen again. Initially, the violence is rhetorical, but it then becomes a disease, a contagion, and a conflagration destroying what is loved the most.
Deepen your experience of Julius Caesar with free post-show conversations with artists and scholars following these performances.
All talks will follow 2:00pm matinee performances unless otherwise stated.
Saturday, April 6
Actors Matthew Amendt (Cassius), Brandon J. Dirden (Brutus), and Merritt Janson (Portia) in conversation moderated by Gail Kern Paster, Consulting Editor of Shakespeare Quarterly and former Director of the Folger Shakespeare Library.
Sunday, April 7
Actor and OBIE Award-winning playwright Wallace Shawn in conversation with TFANA Founding Artistic Director Jeffrey Horowitz.
Saturday, April 13
Actors Jordan Barbour (Mark Antony), Rocco Sisto (Julius Caesar), and Tiffany Rachelle Stewart (Calphurnia) in conversation moderated by Tanya Pollard, Professor of English at Brooklyn College and CUNY Graduate Center.
Saturday, April 20
Tony Award-winning playwright J.T. Rogers (Oslo) in conversation with TFANA Founding Artistic Director Jeffrey Horowitz.
Sunday, April 21
John Andrews, the President and Founder of The Shakespeare Guild and former Director of Academic Programs the Folger Shakespeare Library, in conversation with TFANA Founding Artistic Director Jeffrey Horowitz.
Saturday, April 27
Novelist and essayist Maaza Mengiste (Beneath the Lion’s Gaze) in conversation with writer and artist Bianca Vivion Brooks, the host of podcast ASK VIV.
Sunday, April 28
Shakespeare scholar James Shapiro, author of 1599: A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare and Contested Will: Who Wrote Shakespeare, in conversation with TFANA Founding Artistic Director Jeffrey Horowitz.
This production of The Tragedy of Julius Caesar is sponsored by Deloitte. Additional support is provided by Shakespeare in American Communities, a national initiative sponsored by The National Endowment for the Arts in cooperation with Arts Midwest, and by endowment funds provided by The Howard Gilman Foundation Fund for Classic Drama.