Strawdog is thrilled to have been invited to participate in Theater on the Lake's summer collection of the year's best off-Loop productions. Our staging of Julius Caesar earned rave reviews from critics, and Chicago Tribune's Michael Phillips said it's "the first good Julius Caesar I've seen."
Dateline: Rome. City at the center of the world. It is the aftermath of a great civil war that had threatened to tear the Empire apart and Julius Caesar has returned to Rome prepared to accept the mantle of King from a willing senate. Among Caesar's highest ranking men are Cassius and Brutus, long-time friends whose own ideals and ambitions drive them to a conspiracy to make Rome a Republic at the cost of Caesar's life.
Strawdog co-artistic director Mike Dailey and emeritus member Nic Dimond (director of The Green Bird, Return to the Howard Bowl and Measure for Measure) have taken a hatchet and a scalpel to Shakespeare's story of friendship and political violence and they've carved it up as a dish fit for the Dogs.