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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 15

Sep 5, 2002–Oct 26, 2002

3829 N. Broadway

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.

Smartly reduced in scale and smart, period. It’s the first good Julius Caesar I’ve seen.”

— Chicago Tribune

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

Tom Hickey

as Casca

Gregor Mortis

as Soothsayer

Loretta Rezos

Loretta Rezos

as Calpurnia

John Henry Roberts.

John Henry Roberts*

as Julius Caesar

Creative Team

William Shakespeare
Author

Nic Dimond
Director

David Meihaus
Set Design

Gregor Mortis
Sound Design

Abigail Boucher
Stage Manager

Kyle Hamman*
Producer

* Strawdog Theatre ensemble member