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With a newly streamlined adaptation by Michael Halberstam and Scott Parkinson that is both epic in scale and arrestingly intimate, this fresh and innovative look at the text will immerse audiences in this struggle for global supremacy, raising important questions about the responsibilities of a citizenry when confronting radicalism and tyranny.
Advisory: This production contains scenes of violence, and the use of strobe lights, loud noises and gunshots.
Tuesdays – Saturdays 7:30pm
select Wednesdays at 3pm
|Thomas Vincent Kelly*
(Mark Antony, Trebonius)
|Madrid St. Angelo*
(understudy Octavius Caesar, Cinna)
(understudy Cassius, Mark Antony, Trebonius)
(understudy Brutus, Caska, Cobbler)
(understudy Julius Caesar, Caius Ligarius, Lepidus)
(understudy Portia, Decia, Soothsayer, Metella Cimber, Calphurnia)
Michael Halberstam & Scott Parkinson (Co-Directors & Adapters)
Courtney O'Neill (Scenic Designer)
Mara Blumenfeld (Costume Designer)
Jesse Klug (Lighting Designer)
Rob Milburn & Michael Bodeen (Original Music and Sound Design)
Mike Tutaj (Projections Designer)
Breon Arzell (Movement Director)
Bobby Kennedy (Dramaturg)
Scott Dickens (Properties Designer)
David Castellanos* (Stage Manager)
Brian Balcom (Assistant Director)
Janelle Boudreau (Assistant Stage Manager)
*Denotes a member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers
"A masterpiece! This new, streamlined [105-minute] version . . .
is unbelievably fresh and timely!"
Windy City Times
“A great start to the 25th season! Excellent acting and innovative staging.”
“A taut, clear . . . tightly stylized production,
spoken with meticulous attention to meaning.”
“A wildly ambitious new adaptation [that] comes with
production values that are positively operatic.”
“The acting was very well paced and strong...not a weak member in the cast.”
"Superb! A scorching...deeply resonant production."
“An excellent adaptation. The clever modern-day elements
enhanced the production.”
“A disquieting masterpiece. It is a pleasure to see such a fine company
taking on contemporary issues.”
Around the Town Chicago
“It was a fantastic everything – a beautiful show, beautiful building and beautiful set!”
“Pulsating with sound and fury, this Julius Caesar is total 2016.”
Chicago Stage and Cinema
“Writers Theatre has given Chicago a gift with this stunning new adaptation. Truly a must-see for the fall season!”
Chill Live Shows
Sunday, October 2, 2016 at 4:30pm
Sunday Spotlight is our exclusive series offering audiences access to the finest speakers, academics and cultural leaders. For Julius Caesar, John Makowski, Asssociate Professor in the Department of Classical Studies at Loyola University Chicago, will discuss with Writers Theatre Literary Manager Bobby Kennedy the world of Ancient Rome, how the Romans felt about kingship, and the motivations of the conspirators. Seating is limited. RSVP is required.
Monday, October 17, 2016 at 6:30pm
Ever wonder what goes on behind the scenes of our productions? For each production, we will offer insight into a different aspect of creating theatre. Enjoy a short and lively presentation by our actors, designers or other experts who will walk you through the process of preparing for and executing a production. Seating is limited. RSVP is required.
Post-Show Conversation: The Word
Join us after every Tuesday evening performance (excluding previews and potential extension weeks) for a 15-minute discussion of the play, facilitated by a member of the WT Artistic Team.
Join us after every Wednesday evening performance (excluding previews and potential extension weeks) for a 15-minute talk-back featuring actors from the production, facilitated by a member of the WT Artistic Team.
Join us at 6:45pm before every Thursday evening performance (excluding previews and potential extension weeks) for a 15-minute primer on the context and content of the play, facilitated by a member of the WT Artistic Team.
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