Shakespeare's Julius Caesar at American Repertory Theatre
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The last date listed for Julius Caesar was Sunday March 16, 2008 / 2:00pm.
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“Julius Caesar has great relevance to our time, though it is gloomier, because it is about a society that is doomed. Our society is not doomed, but in such immense danger that the relevance is great.” —W.H. Auden
One of the greatest theatrical studies of tyranny, revolution, and civil war, Julius Caesar is also a highly personal play – a breathless, gripping portrayal of friendships and alliances torn apart by political ambition and the intoxicating effects of power. Centered around three of Shakespeare’s most vivid characters – Caesar, Brutus, and the young Mark Antony – the play contrasts a vast historical canvas with the private fears and dreams of men whose words can change the world. This is the first production of Julius Caesar in the A.R.T.’s history, staged by the talented young French director Arthur Nauzyciel.
Fearing Julius Caesar’s rising power, Caius Cassius assembles a group of conspirators to assassinate Caesar. After much effort, Cassius persuades Marcus Brutus, a friend of Caesar’s and one of Rome’s most respected citizens, to join the conspirators’ cause. On the Ides of March, Caesar ignores multiple warnings and attends the Senate, where the conspirators murder him. In the aftermath of the assassination, the conspirators permit Mark Antony, Caesar’s right-hand man, to deliver the funeral oration. After Brutus convinces the crowd that the conspirators acted justly, Antony eulogizes Caesar and turns the public against the conspirators. Civil war erupts in Rome, and two factions form: one led by Cassius and Brutus, the other by Antony and Caesar’s nephew Octavius.