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Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar” by Edith Berry

March 8, 2020

On the Road for TCP Magazine, the Playmakers Repertory Company, had their opening night production of Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar,” by William Shakespeare. It was directed by Andrew Borba, at the Joan H. Gillings Center for Dramatic Art. William Shakespeare was an actor and a playwright. His plays were about life experiences of Some events in Roman history. His plays took place during the late 1500’s to the early 1600’s, and can be applicable to life in the 21st Century. The play and tragedy written by Shakespeare had the cast dressed in Roman attire.

The patrons were mesmerized at the stage scenery of a sculpture of Julius Caesar and simulation of blood. The columns simulated ancient Rome. Shakespeare’s writings were over 400 years ago, and still timeless. Some of the cast members played doubled or triple characters. The cast delivered Shakespeare’s writings poetically with fervor! I was amazed at the position of C. David Johnson (Julius Caesar) being so becalmed, as he laid on the floor for what seemed like 15 minutes from his attack! In Shakespeare’s day, female parts were played by male actors. However, the cast had females playing some male roles such as: Tia James (Mark Antony), Tori Jewell (Caesar’ aide/ Antony aides/Soothsayer), Sarah Elizabeth Keyes (Decius/Messala), AhDream Smith (Strato), April Mae Davis (Flavius/Cinna/ Titinius), and Lisa Wolpe (Cassius).

The interchanging of the cast playing different roles went cosily. The only characters that should have been females in this production, were AhDream Smith (Caphurnia), and Kathryn Hunter-/Williams (Portia). They were dressed elegantly with beautiful gowns. This cast had a great workout climbing up and down the steps in the aisles. They seemed prepared, and very agile. I’ll close in part with the speech by Tia James (Marc Antony), “Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears!” Go see this play about Julius Caesar!

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