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The Tragedy of Julius Caesar
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The Tragedy of Julius Caesar
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Charles McMahon
February 6 - March 16, 2014

Idealism, envy, and power politics collide as the Roman Republic reaches a crisis. Caesar's political genius, military prowess, and overwhelming popular appeal make him the most powerful leader the Republic has ever known. But his popularity breeds suspicion among his rivals and some fear Caesar's power will corrode the freedom of the State. Shakespeare's vision of Rome is both epic and intimate, from powerful speeches in grand public squares to whispered conspiracies in back rooms and dark hallways. There in the shadows, unlikely alliances set up a chain of events that bring down the great Caesar and thrust Rome into a disastrous civil war. Tony Award nominee Forrest McClendon leads an all-Philadelphia cast in Shakespeare's timeless political thriller, brought to you by "the city's top presenter of Shakespeare's work." (

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Tony Award nominee Forrest McClendon discusses his role as Caesar. Video by Theresa Thao Nguyen.
The KyoDaiko Emsemble performs the beautiful music that scores our production. Video by Christopher Colucci.
The KyoDaiko Emsemble performs the beautiful music that scores our production. Video by Christopher Colucci.
Photos by Mark Garvin
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Cast & Production Team

Adam Altman as Murellus/Ensemble  •  Mary Lee Bednarek as Calpurnia/Ensemble  •  Joe Guzmán as Cassius/Ensemble  •  Forrest McClendon as Caesar/Ensemble  •  Jered McLenigan as Marc Antony/Ensemble  •  Kittson O'Neill as Portia/Ensemble  •  Matt Tallman as Casca/Ensemble  •  U.R. as Brutus/Ensemble  •  Bradley K. Wrenn as Octavius/Ensemble

Meghan Jones, Production Manager & Scenic Designer  •  Brian Strachan, Costume Designer  •  Shon Causer, Lighting Designer  •  Mark Valenzuela, Sound Designer  •  Christopher Colucci, Music  •  J. Alex Cordaro, Fight Director  •  KyoDaiko, Musicians  •  Joshua L. Browns, Assistant Director  •  Kate Coots, Assistant Director  •  Rebecca Smith, Stage Manager
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Header Photo: Geoff Sobelle in Hamlet (2009), David Ingram and Luigi Sottile in The Government Inspector (2008), Forrest McClendon and Lawrence Stallings in Sizwe Bansi Is Dead (2009), and Kristyn Chouiniere and Paul L. Nolan in The Hothouse (2008). Photos by Jeffrey Stockbridge.

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