Friends Close, Enemies Closer
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Patrick Mulcahy
JUNE 22 - JULY 17 | SHUBERT THEATRE
Honor and treachery, idealism and corruption, intimacy and enmity collide in one of the signature events in human history. The Ides of March have come…but not gone. When Caesar returns in triumph after defeating his rival, Brutus and Cassius see assassination as the only path to protect Roman liberty from Caesar’s perceived imperial aspirations. But in the aftermath, Antony and Octavius see equal danger in the conspirators’ aims and they “let slip the dogs of war.” Shakespeare delivers some of his most eloquent language as he explores the shifting tides in the affairs of men. PG10
Lee & Dolly Butz
Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival’s productions of Julius Caesar, The Taming of the Shrew, and Love’s Labour’s Lost are part of Shakespeare in American Communities, a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.
- Prologues: join us for insights into the play in an informal setting. Free. Held in the theatre 45 minutes prior to curtain.
- Opening night, Friday, June 24th. Join the PSF actors and staff for a friendly post-show champagne toast.
- Meet the actors for an informal talk-back after the show Thursday, June 30, July 7 and July 14.
- Savoring Shakespeare: specialty dinner themed to the play with behind-thescenes insights Sunday, June 26th, 5:00pm and Saturday, July 16, 5:00pm.
The Philadelphia Inquirer
“Brilliant and riveting.”
“Greg Wood shines as coconspirator Cassius.”
“Director Patrick Mulcahy's fine cast carries the show.”
“Julius reaches its dramatic peak with the famous funeral oration of Marcus Antonius, magnificently delivered by Spencer Plachy.”
Lehigh Valley Press
“We come to praise ‘Julius Caesar’ at Pa. Shakespeare Fest.”
“Director Patrick Mulcahy directs the cast like a chess master.”
“Keen and meticulous.”
The Reading Eagle
"There couldn't be a better time for the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival to stage this work, nor a more stunning production, than PSF artistic director Patrick Mulcahy's brilliant staging..."
"...a miraculous performance by Spencer Plachy."
"Mulcahy and his exceptional cast have created a nuanced interpretation that immediately pulls the audience into its heart, with unforgettable characterizations that eliminate any distance between ourselves and the ancient Romans."
From the Rehearsal Room: Julius Caesar
Actors new to PSF and veterans of many seasons met Tuesday for the first rehearsal of Julius Caesar, directed by PSF Producing Artistic Director Patrick Mulcahy.
After months of preparation, about 30 actors, designers, and stage management gathered together. As one might expect, there was some nervousness. The veteran actors all greeted one another like old friends—and introduced themselves to the new company members just like they had with each other, as old friends.
Patrick Mulcahy: In 'Julius Caesar,' Shakespeare shows politics can be murder
Abrash and triumphant politician with a god-like self-image unexpectedly wins over large segments of the populace, increasing his power and influence — but even some of his closest associates and allies consider him such a threat to the state and its ideals that they consider every possible strategy to stop him in his tracks.
Julius Caesar: Glimpsing Intimacy in the Corridors of Power
How many ages hence will this our lofty scene be acted over in states unborn and accents yet unknown.” With these words in Julius Caesar, Shakespeare gives Cassius, a leading conspirator in the assassination, the power of prophesy.
In 1864, three brothers from the prominent Booth theatrical family played principal characters in Julius Caesar at the Winter Garden in New York City. Just five months later, one of the brothers, John Wilkes Booth, shot President Lincoln at Ford’s Theatre. As he jumped to the stage, Booth shouted “sic semper tyrannis” (“thus always to tyrants”), words attributed to the historic Brutus at Caesar’s assassination.
Justin is a recent graduate of DeSales’ Theatre program, where he appeared in Act 1 productions of The Miser, Bus Stop and Elektra. Other credits: Scotland Road, Chess, Picnic, Anna in the Tropics, A Doll’s House, Macbeth and Romeo & Juliet, as well as Allentown Public Theatre children’s productions of The Jungle Book and Charlotte’s Web.
KEITH HAMILTON COBB*
BFA NYU Tisch Stage. Coriolanus, Julius Caesar, Romeo and Juliet (The Shakespeare Theatre/D.C.); A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Ruined (The Denver Center Theatre Company), Find and Sign (The Pioneer Theatre Company); Race (Orlando Shakespeare Theatre); A Midsummer Night’s Dream, (Geva Theatre Center). Television: All My Children, Gene Rodenberry’s Andromeda, The Young and The Restless, Noah’s Arc. 2015 AUDELCO Award recipient/Outstanding Solo Performance for original play, American Moor. keithhamiltoncobb.com. AmericanMoor.com. facebook.com/KeithHamiltonCobb Twitter and Instagram: @KeithHamCobb
Bob began theatre as a boy soprano/alto, with the Columbus (American) Boychoir, touring nationally, doing each role in Mozart's "Bastien and Bastienne." In his late-onset acting/singing career, he's played Anatevka's rabbi in PSF’s Fiddler, Santa Claus/narrator in Pennsylvania Youth Theatre’s Holiday Spectacular, Granddad Eric in Dream Street at NYC's pearl theatre), and Old Joe/Judge in Centenary Stage's A Christmas Carol: The Musical. Bob is delighted to be back again at PSF.
This is my festival debut. Proud to celebrate 25 years in showbiz. Broadway credits include: Mountaintop, Radio Gulf, and 7 Guitars. Recent TV: The Ground On Which I Stand, Elementary, Blue Bloods. Film: It’s Kind of a Funny Story, Father’s Day (BET); HBO: Search Party. Educator: Adjunct at SUNY Purchase and NYU. MFA Yale Drama School. I am mom to Coleman and run production company with hubby Craig T. Williams. More at rosalyncoleman.com
Peter is a recent graduate of Trinity College Dublin. He is also a graduate of DeSales’ Theatre and Philosophy programs. He has worked regionally with Curio Theatre Company and People’s Light as well as performing and directing in New York City. While in Dublin, he was active with the Dublin Players and the Lir Academy. www.petedanelski.com.
New York: The Girl of The Golden West (Soho Rep) and A Most Secret War (Harold Clurman Theatre). Regional: Hartford Stage Company, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Cincinnati Playhouse, Syracuse Stage, and The Philadelphia Theatre Company. He was named Best Dramatic Actor by The NJ Daily Record for Underneath The Lintel at Centenary Stage Company. PSF credits: The Tempest, Cyrano de Bergerac and As You Like It. An LA Weekly Award winner, his television and film work includes guest-star roles on Star Trek: Enterprise (UPN), The Young & the Restless (CBS), Profiler (NBC), Miracles (ABC), and a recurring role on Star Trek: Voyager. He will appear in M. Night Shyamalan’s upcoming film, Split. Steven holds an MFA in Theater from Rutgers University, and currently serves as associate professor at DeSales University and artistic associate with the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival.
Anelise will be a junior Theatre/ Secondary Education major this fall at DeSales University. Anelise would like to thank God for endless blessings, her mom, dad, and brother for their support, and Hector for love and happiness.
Marullus/Decius Brutus/Cinna the Poet/Titinius
Jacob just finished his Off-Broadway debut as Mr. Snake in the Red Bull Theater's production of School for Scandal. Some PSF favorites include: Charlie (The Foreigner), Max (Lend Me a Tenor), Malcolm (Macbeth), Shawn Keogh (The Playboy of the Western World) and Octavius Caesar (Antony and Cleopatra). BA from DeSales University/MFA from U.C. Irvine. He currently teaches at the New York Film Academy. For the Daddyman and the Mamma.
Servant to Caesar
Beth is a recent DeSales Graduate! Last summer she appeared in PSF's Les Mis in the ensemble. Act 1 credits include Me & My Girl (Maria, Duchess of Dene) Elektra (Khoregos), and Bus Stop (Grace Hoylard) among others. Thanks to all her friends and family for their love and support.
Off-Broadway: The Flea, The Guys with Tom Wopat, director Tommy Kail. Regional: Arden (26 roles), Walnut Street (8 roles), Cape Cod Playhouse, Cape May Stage, Delaware Theatre Company, PSF (8 seasons), Orlando Shakespeare Festival, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Two River, Wilma, 1812, and a tour of Ireland with Interact. Grace has received four Barrymores, Haas Award, Haas Fellowship, and BFA/North Carolina School of the Arts. She is the voice of Alex’s Lemonade Stand, CarSense, and Valley Forge Casino etc.
A recent DeSales graduate, Ryan previously performed in PSF’s productions of Rapunzel, Around the World in 80 Days, and Pericles. He thankshis friends and family as well as the faculty at PSF and DSU.
Servant of Octavius/Ensemble
Stephanie is returning to the Festival after wielding the giant braid in last summer's Rapunzel. PSF: Pericles, 80 Days; Act 1: Elektra, Bus Stop. For her loved ones—they know who they are.
LOUIS JANNUZZI III
Louis will be a senior musical theater major next year at DeSales. PSF credits include Les Misérables and the Fiddler in Fiddler on the Roof. Most recently at DSU, he was cockney charmer Bill Snibson in Me and My Girl. Thanks to our amazing cast, crew, and production staff for your continued support. "My family is in my heart."
Marcel is a recent graduate of DeSales, excited to be the first generation of the Logan family to graduate, and excited to perform with PSF. He would like to thank God, Patrick, his parents, and for everyone who believed in him and didn't give up hope.
CHRISTOPHER PATRICK MULLEN*
CPM is a DeSales graduate, his work with PSF (since 1992) includes Pericles, Dracula..., Charleyʼs Aunt, Hamlet, The Mystery of Irma Vep, The Glass Menagerie, and 20 other productions. Other credits include West Side Story (1st National Tour); The Runner Stumbles (Off-Broadway); The Whaleship Essex (Vineyard Playhouse); When You Comin Back, Red Ryder? (Retro Productions); Metamorphoses, Macbeth, A Little Night Music, Candide, and Assassins (Arden Theatre). He is a long-time company member of Peopleʼs Light where he recently played Buckingham in Richard III. TV: Law & Order. He will be performing his new play ChipandGus (A Comedy With Balls)” this August in the NY International Fringe Festival! FringeNYC.org
Ilia is a rising junior at Desales University She will also be assisting director Anne Lewis with Blithe Spirit ¡Gracias a mis padres y a mi bella familia, por siempre apoyarme en todo lo que hago!
PSF: Pericles, The Two Noble Kinsman, 1776, South Pacific, Antony and Cleopatra, Amadeus, Cyrano de Bergerac, My Fair Lady. Broadway: Romeo & Juliet, The Mystery of Edwin Drood. Off-Broadway: The Common Pursuit. Most recently: Moon Over Buffalo at Gulfshore Playhouse, Tim and Scrooge at Westchester Broadway Theatre, National Pastime at Buck’s County Playhouse. Also: The Cottage, and The Full Monty at Theatre Aspen. Tours: Oklahoma!, Fiddler on the Roof.
JAMES “BO” SAYRE
James is a rising junior musical theatre major at DeSales and will be returning again to PSF where he previously appeared in Pericles and Les Misérables. Act 1 credits include Little Women (Professor Bhaer), Dancing at Lughnasa (Michael), Elektra (Orestes), among others.
I would like express my deepest love and gratitude to Fr. Gerard Schubert for taking a chance on me 23 years ago. PSF has been my summer home away from home since 1993 and I can't think of a better place in which to grow up. Thanks Jerry. I love and miss you.
Henry has been an actor and a director for 40 years. Regional credits include: La Jolla Playhouse, American Conservatory Theatre, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, The Shakespeare Theatre, Center Stage, American Repertory Theatre, Indiana Repertory Theatre, American Players Theatre, and many of the nation’s leading Shakespeare Festivals. Henry also spent eleven seasons at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival as a resident actor and director, and served as the Festival’s Artistic Director from 1991 to 1995.
Our knowledge of William Shakespeare’s life is pieced together with information from limited primary sources: his own works, various legal and church documents, and references to him, his plays, and his genius in third-party letters. Here’s what we do know:
William Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon on or about April 23, 1564. Records from Holy Trinity Church tell us he was baptized there on April 26, 1564. His father was John Shakespeare, a glove-maker, and his mother was Mary Arden, a land-owning heiress. William was the third of eight children, three of whom died in childhood. His father was fairly successful and was an alderman and a high-bailiff (mayor) of Stratford. It is assumed that he went to the free grammar school in Stratford, which was considered an excellent school. It seems certain that Shakespeare never went on to University.
The next documented event is Shakespeare’s marriage to Anne Hathaway on November 28, 1582. They had three children: a daughter, Susanna, and twins, Hamnet and Judith. Hamnet died at age 11. We lose track of Shakespeare for the next seven years. There are rumors that he was fond of poaching and had to flee Stratford after an incident with one of the gentry there. He began to make a name for himself in London by 1592, possibly earlier, as both an actor and a playwright. Unfortunately, the plague forced the closing of the theaters in 1592.
By 1594 the plague had abated, and Shakespeare was acting, writing, and performing the duties of a managing partner for the Lord Chamberlain’s Men. This was a popular company, enjoyed by the commoners as well as royalty. It was around this time that Shakespeare and company made plans for the Globe Theater. The Globe was to be across the river from London, and was built around 1599. In total, Shakespeare wrote 37 plays that have survived (or 38 or 39, depending on the point of view of the particular scholar) and numerous sonnets and poems.
April 23, 1616 is the day that marks Shakespeare’s death (the same as his birthday!) though we are uncertain of that date’s precision. We do know he was buried in Stratford, with services at the Holy Trinity Church on April 25, 1616. In his infamous will, he left his properties to his daughter Susanna, and to his wife his “second best bed.”
Director; PSF Producing Artistic Director
Since assuming leadership in 2003, Mulcahy has led PSF’s return to artistic excellence and financial stability, built the professional company of artists, oversaw the quadrupling of the endowment, and achieved increasing national recognition for the Festival. Further accomplishments include PSF’s first-ever awards from the National Endowment for the Arts and attracting a company of artists including winners and nominees of the Tony, Obie, Emmy, Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk, Jefferson, and Barrymore awards to the Festival, growth in all income areas, a 75% increase in annual attendance, and the expansion of the number of Actors’ Equity contracts per season.
As a professional director, actor and fight director, credits include Broadway, Off-Broadway, regional theatre, television, and radio. Mulcahy has acted with Angela Bassett, Peter MacNicol, Hal Holbrook, Joan Cusack, Don Cheadle, Anne Meara, Milo O’Shea, Cynthia Nixon, Tony Shaloub, Bradley Whitford, and others at the New York Shakespeare Festival, Hartford Stage, Roundabout Theatre Company, Great Lakes Theatre Festival, Syracuse Stage, and the Walnut Street Theatre. He served as a fight director for Tom Hulse and Timothy Busfield in A Few Good Men on Broadway and for Off-Broadway productions starring John Savage, John Mahoney, Marcia Gay Harden, and Patrick Dempsey. He directed Oscar nominee Vera Farmiga in The Real Thing, and, for PSF, directed Macbeth (2014), Hamlet (2011), Antony and Cleopatra (2009), The Winter’s Tale (2007), Henry IV, Part I (2005), The Tempest (1999), and acted in and served as fight director for The Taming of the Shrew (1998) and Julius Caesar (1997). Also head of acting at DeSales, Patrick holds an MFA from Syracuse University.
Scenic and Lighting Designer
Companies include Madison Opera, Syracuse Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Minnesota Opera, Tacoma Opera, Anchorage Opera, Tri-Cities Opera, Syracuse Stage, TACT–NYC, Big Art Group NYC, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, The Kitchen Theatre Company, The Hangar Theatre, Merry-go-Round, Ensemble Theatre, and The Herson Group Ltd. Beyond his freelance work, Steve teaches lighting design at Ithaca College and received his MFA from the University of Washington in Seattle and is a member of United Scenic Artists 829.
Marla is pleased to return to PSF having designed costumes for The Foreigner, Two Gentlemen of Verona, Measure for Measure, Comedy of Errors, The Taming of the Shrew, King Lear, Othello and three Willpower tours. Marla is the Resident Costume Designer for People’s Light where she has designed 100+ productions. Marla’s designs have also been seen at Delaware Theatre Company, The Arden Theatre Company, The Philadelphia Theatre Company, Virginia Stage Company, Alliance Theatre Company and George Street Playhouse.
Don is a free-lance sound designer and an Associate Professor of sound design at Ithaca College. He has also designed for the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Denver Center Theatre Company, Hangar Theatre, Signature Theatre Company, Illusion Theatre, Burning Coal Theatre Company, Working Theater, and others. World premieres include The Quick Change Room by Nagle Jackson, Thunder Knocking on the Door by Keith Glover, A Lesson Before Dying by Romulus Linney, Disguises by Craig Warner, and Strangerhorse, The Two of You, and Selling Out by Brian Dykstra.
J. ALEX CORDARO
Alex has directed fights for PSF, The McCarter Theatre Center, Actors Theater of Louisville, Wilma Theatre, Philadelphia Shakespeare Festival, Three Rivers Shakespeare Festival, Lantern Theater Company, Theater Exile, Inis Nua Theater Company, Arden Theatre Company, Philadelphia Artists Collective, Philadelphia Opera Company, and others. Alex’s choreography has been seen all across Europe in Royal Caribbean Cruise Line’s Saturday Night Fever, and the upcoming World Premier of Columbus, The Musical! Alex is a Certified Teacher and Theatrical Firearms Safety Instructors with the Society of American Fight Directors, a two-time Barrymore Award Nominee, and was featured on the Discovery Channel’s “Project Discovery” series: Careers in the Arts; Fight Director, and his choreography is currently on file at The Lincoln Center in New York.
Production Stage Manager
First season with PSF! Stage and production management credits include: Seven seasons with the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, including A Midsummer Night's Dream (The Pearl Theatre Company); Fully Committed and A Christmas Carol (Half Moon Theatre); Christmas Rappings (Judson Memorial Church); Radio City Christmas Spectacular (Florida/Texas Tour); Mike Birbiglia’s My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend; Tribes; and Hit the Wall (Barrow Street Theatre); Emotional Creature (Signature Center); Becoming Dr. Ruth (Westside Theatre); Measure for Measure (Fiasco/New Victory Theater). Peace.
EMILY C. ROLSTON*
Assistant Stage Manager
PSF: Two Gentlemen of Verona, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (WillPower Tour), Much Ado About Nothing, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. New York: Twelfth Night (Esperance Theater Company), Wittenberg, The Philanderer (The Pearl Theatre Company), Arts Brookfield. Touring: Charlotte's Web (TheatreworksUSA). Regional: Pericles (Two River Theater), Gruesome Playground Injuries, Love/Sick (Arc Stages), Detroit, Northside Hollow (Harbor Stage Company), Middletown (Trinity Repertory Company). Emily is a proud member of Actors' Equity Association.
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