Orlando Shakespeare Theater Presents The Classic Drama "Julius Caesar"

Shakespeare & Company’s Tina Packer directs intimate retelling
Director Tina Packer (Photo courtesy of Shakespeare & Co.)
Director Tina Packer (Photo courtesy of Shakespeare & Co.)
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ORLANDO, Fla. - Dec. 20, 2013 - PRLog -- Orlando Shakespeare Theater in Partnership with UCF is proud to present a timeless retelling of William Shakespeare’sJulius Caesar from March 19 - April 20, 2014. The classic drama comes to life on the intimate Goldman Theater stage under the direction of Tina Packer, founder and former Artistic Director of Shakespeare & Company, “a troupe that has kept the Berkshires ringing with the sound of blank verse for [35] years” (The New York Times). The small cast includes Jason Asprey, Nigel Gore, Anne Hering, and Eric Tucker, with additional casting to be announced at a later date. Tickets ($17-$40) are available by calling (407) 447-1700, online at http://orlandoshakes.org, or in person at 812 East Rollins St., Orlando, FL 32803.

When men feel they can no longer trust their leader, where is the line between patriotism and personal ambition? Caesar, the most popular general in Rome, is assassinated, leaving two men – the honourable Brutus and the ambitious Cassius – to divide the spoils. But they've acted without Mark Antony, Caesar's devoted follower and determined successor, and soon the world they have fought to preserve is brought to the brink of anarchy. Julius Caesar is a dazzling masterpiece of betrayal, violence, and perhaps most surprisingly — love.

“Shakespeare's tale of politics, friendship, blood, and war will surround, involve, and energize the audience in our intimate Goldman Theater,” said Artistic Director Jim Helsinger. “Audiences will feel like they’re right on top of the action!”

Director Tina Packer is considered to be one of the world’s foremost leading experts on Shakespeare. She has directed over 50 Shakespeare productions, as well as contemporary works, for Shakespeare & Company. She has acted opposite the likes of John Barton, Peter Hall, John Schlesinger, Sir Ian McKellen, Paul Scofield, Janet Suzman, and Ian Richardson. Over the years, Packer has received countless awards, honors, and fellowships including: the Ronson Award; Guggenheim and Bunting Fellowships; and the 1999-2000 Arts Recipient of the Commonwealth Award. She has authored two books Power Plays: Shakespeare’s Lessons in Leadership and Managementand Tales From Shakespeare, and is the subject of the WGBH documentary Sex, Violence and Poetry: A Portrait of Tina Packer, and Helen Epstein’s biography The Companies She Keeps.

“I saw Tina’s Women of Will Off-Broadway in New York this past summer---It was smashing! I can’t wait to bring that kind of excitement and expertise to Orlando,” said Helsinger.

Additional members of the cast to be announced at a later date. The Orlando Shakes creative team includes Fight Director Bill Warriner, Assistant Director Thomas Ouellette, Movement Coach Kristin Wold, Set Designer Ryan McGettigan, Lighting Designer Eric Haugen, Costume Designer Kristina Tollefson, and Sound Designer Britt Sandusky.



Starting 30 minutes before each performance of Julius Caesar, an Orlando Shakes actor leads the audience in a discussion of the plot, themes, and major characters in the production.

After the show, audience members are invited to celebrate with the cast, crew, designers, and Orlando Shakes staff at the Opening Night Party. The party begins after the show (approx. 10:30 p.m.) on March 21 and everyone is invited. No RSVP necessary.

Stay after the performance on Thursday, April 3 for an informal Q & A with the cast and members of the design team.

Bring your school-age children to the performance on March 30 at 2 p.m. to participate in a fun and creative camp for the duration of the show. Led by Orlando Shakes Actor/Educators, theatergoers' children ages 5 to 12 will enjoy supervised arts and crafts, play educational games, and maybe even learn a song or dance. The service is available to all ticket buyers for just $15 per child. Advanced registration required with a minimum of 5 business days before the performance.

Preview Dates:
March 19 & 20 at 7:30 p.m.
Opening Date: March 21 at 7:30 p.m.
Senior Matinees: March 26 at 2 p.m.; April 2, 9, and 16 at 2 p.m.
$20 Under 30: March 28 at 7:30 p.m.



Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday at 2 p.m. – all seats $35, $30, $20
Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. – all seats $40, $35, $30
Preview Performances - $18
Senior Matinees - $17

Group Sales:
20% off groups of 10+
Student Rush: $12 - 30 minutes prior to show w/ valid student ID
Military/Student Price: $10 off single ticket prices

Single and Season Tickets are available by calling (407) 447-1700, online at http://www.orlandoshakes.org, or in person at the Box Office located inside the Lowndes Shakespeare Center, 812 East Rollins Street in Orlando’s Loch Haven Cultural Park.

Julius Caesar is sponsored by A. Brian Phillips, OUC, and Akerman LLP. Orlando Shakespeare Theater’s production is part of Shakespeare for a New Generation, a national program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. Orlando Shakespeare Theater is supported by United Arts of Central Florida, host of power2give.org/centralflorida, and the collaborative Campaign for the Arts.Orlando Shakespeare Theater is also sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.

Melissa Landy
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