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." (TheaterMania.com)
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 Kes Khemnu (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, Original Music J. Alex Cordaro, Fight Director KyoDaiko, Musicians Joshua L. Browns, Assistant Director Kate Coots, Assistant Director Rebecca Smith, Stage Manager
News & Reviews
"There are certain signs that annually crop up in this neck of the woods that let us know spring is nigh. For some, it's the botanical bacchanal that is the Philadelphia Flower Show. For others, it's the commencement of the Phillies' spring training camp in Clearwater, Fla. And, in local theater circles, it's the annual presentation of a William Shakespeare play by Center City's Lantern Theater Company." –Philadelphia Daily News
"Director Charles McMahon, founding artistic director of the Lantern Theater Company, asserts that all of Shakespeare's plays, whenever or wherever they're set, are in fact observations about contemporary England. By shifting the locales to places outside of his homeland, the playwright made his universal themes more palatable to a British audience; in essence, they would rather hear about the human shortcomings and socio-political foibles of distant characters and cultures, than to have them exposed directly about themselves and their nation. If you accept the conceit, and can reconcile the historical facts of the script with the artistic license of the design, you will surely appreciate Lantern's stunning production." –Phindie
Header Photo: Paul L. Nolan, Sally Mercer, and Charles McMahon in Copenhagen (2018); Charlie DelMarcelle, Anthony Lawton, Jered McLenigan, and Brian Anthony Wilson in The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (2019); Anthony Lawton and Paul L. Nolan in The Craftsman (2017); and Bi Jean Ngo and Peter DeLaurier in The Tempest (2018). Photos by Mark Garvin.
Lantern Theater Company respectfully acknowledges that it is situated on Lenapehoking, the ancestral and spiritual homeland of the Unami Lenape.