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
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.”
Features & Press Releases
Keith Hamilton Cobb to Play Title Role in Julius Caesar at Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Lisa Higgins • 610.282.WILL, ext. 4 March 7, 2016 Lisa.Higgins@pashakespeare.org Center Valley, PA – Noted Shakespearean and Emmy-nominated television actor Keith Hamilton Cobb will portray the charismatic warrior general and politician Julius Caesar in the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival’s 25th anniversary season’s production this summer. Cobb, who has performed at leading regional theatres around […]
Leader and Legend: Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar Takes the Stage at the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Lisa Higgins • 610.282.WILL, ext. 4 Lisa.Higgins@pashakespeare.org Center Valley, PA – Honor vies with conspiracy as Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar takes the stage in the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival production which previews June 22 and 23, and opens June 24. Performed in the intimate Schubert Theatre of the Labuda Center for the Performing Arts at DeSales […]
FROM THE REHEARSAL ROOM: JULIUS CAESAR
By Joe Oliger 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 […]
JULIUS CAESAR: GLIMPSING INTIMACY IN THE CORRIDORS OF POWER
By Patrick Mulcahy, Producing Artistic Director 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 […]
KEITH HAMILTON COBB*
Marullus/Decius Brutus/Cinna the Poet/Titinius
Servant to Caesar
Servant of Octavius/Ensemble
LOUIS JANNUZZI III
CHRISTOPHER PATRICK MULLEN*
JAMES “BO” SAYRE
Director; PSF Producing Artistic Director
Scenic and Lighting Designer
J. ALEX CORDARO
Production Stage Manager
EMILY C. ROLSTON*
Assistant Stage Manager
*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Stage Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.