written by William Shakespeareadapted by Josh Brassard
directed by Josh Brassard & Stephanie Ross
March 15-26, 2016
Special “Ides of March” Preview March 15, 2016
Mayo Street Arts Center, Portland ME
“Haunting… the action of the play speaks to this moment.”
— Steve Feeney
Portland Press Herald
To celebrate the arrival of the national tour of Shakespeare’s First Folio in Portland, Pie Man Theatre Company will present The Tragedy of Julius Caesar at the intimate Mayo Street Arts Center over two weeks, beginning with a special preview on March 15, 2016 – the dreaded “Ides of March”. Directed by Pie Man co-founders and artistic directors Josh Brassard and Stephanie Ross, with an adaptation by Brassard, The Tragedy of Julius Caesar is a still-relevant political tale of ambition, jealousy, the politics of resentment and the deadly price paid when these forces collide. Updated to a modern setting, with Rome a stand-in for just about any Western country, Julius Caesar also becomes, in Pie Man’s production, a mirror held up to our own culture.
Unlike other Shakespeare tragedies – Hamlet, Macbeth, Romeo & Juliet, etc. – wherein the title gives away who the story is about, The Tragedy of Julius Caesar is not actually about Caesar, at least not directly. No, The Tragedy of Julius Caesar is more about the two chief conspirators against Caesar, Marcus Brutus and Caius Cassius, and how their resentment at Caesar’s successes and his clear ambition to achieve still greater power – resentments birthed from different places for both characters, but resentments nonetheless – drive them to drastic action and, ultimately, to their doom. But it’s not just their doom that is the tragedy here: it is that, in trying to save their beloved country from ambition’s stain, the conspirators throw their homeland into chaos and ruin. Truly, it becomes a case of burning down the house in order to save it.
The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, by William Shakespeare. Adapted by Josh Brassard. Directed by Josh Brassard and Stephanie Ross. Featuring Josh Brassard as Brutus, Ella Mock as Antony, Mary Randall as Cassius and Beth Somerville as Caesar. Played March 15-26, 2016 (special “Ides of March” preview on March 15, 2016; no shows March 17, 21, & 22, 2016). Shown at Mayo Street Arts Center, 10 Mayo St., Portland ME.