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Five men in bloodied trenchcoats raise knives in the air.

Julius Caesar

Photo credit: Chris Ocken

BY WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

ADAPTED BY MICHAEL DAILEY & NIC DIMOND

DIRECTED BY NIC DIMOND

Season 16

Jul 16, 2003–Jul 20, 2003

Theater on the Lake
2400 N. Lakeshore Drive

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.

Cast

Michael Dailey.

Michael Dailey*

as Cassius

Anita Deely

Anita Deely

as Portia

John Ferrick.

John Ferrick*

as Marc Antony

Carmine Grisolia.

Carmine Grisolia*

as Octavius

Chris Hainsworth

as Brutus

Kyle Hamman.

Kyle Hamman*

as Lucius

Tom Hickey

as Casca

Gregor Mortis

as Soothsayer

Loretta Rezos

Loretta Rezos

as Calpurnia

John Henry Roberts.

John Henry Roberts*

as Julius Caesar

James Anthony Zoccoli

as Decius Brutus the Flatterer

Creative Team

William Shakespeare
Author

Nic Dimond
Director

David Meihaus
Set Design

Aly Renee Amidei*
Costume Design

Gregor Mortis
Sound Design

* Strawdog Theatre ensemble member