Twelve women take to the stage this summer in William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, playing August 3 and 4 and August 9 – 13, at Annie Williams Park, Bracebridge.
PRISM Theatre In The Park is taking a slight turn this year, featuring a diverse cast of women of all ages in this most male of plays. “Two female roles were all Shakespeare included in this political drama,” says director Robin Clipsham. “We have had a wonderful time exploring political intrigue, power, and the abuse of democracy through the female lens. So much fun and so liberating! We have also made some really creative and interesting choices around the staging of the piece. Our choreographer, Sarah Kernohan, has created visually stunning, powerful movement sequences throughout the piece. And the opportunity to learn combat sequences from David Wray has been a gift. So, not only will our audiences appreciate our beautiful outdoor setting – they are in for some fun surprises as well.”
Although the play is entitled Julius Caesar, this is actually the story of Caesar’s most trusted friend, Brutus. Played by Maria Cockburn, Brutus is a study in honour and conflicting values. Brutus does what she feels is best for the democracy and she pays a heavy price for her actions. On the other hand, her sister, Cassius, played by Jesse Heichert, has no doubts: Caesar, played by Nancy Osborne, has to go! Of course, they are up against Antony, played by Beth Bussotti and Octavius, played by Romy Stark. Margaret Campbell, Pru Donaldson, Natalie Ghikadis, Beth Grixti, Jo Jordan, Fritz Ruttan, and Sue McKenzie as the Soothsayer, round out the cast, some actors playing as many as three roles. Costumes were designed and executed by Margaret Campbell.
Clipsham concludes, “This was a brave choice, an unusual choice, a necessary choice for our times.” PRISM hopes you’ll agree! So, bring a lawnchair or a blanket and enjoy theatre under the stars in Annie Williams Park this summer.
Tickets are $20. Adults and $10. Students, available online (www.muskokastageworks.com) or at the gate. Showtime is 7 pm. August 3 and 4, August 9 – 13. Annie Williams Park, Bracebridge.
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