by Eugène Ionesco

in a new Translation by Rob Melrose

directed by Rob Melrose

The Cutting Ball Theater

"Consistently rewarding…

This is one of the most crisply spoken Shakespeares in recent memory.  Mr. Melrose has pruned shrewdly from the text and added a nifty, unsentimental final image…

This Julius Caesar will be a tough act to follow."  

-Eric Grode

The New York Times

"Think Shakespeare's work isn't relevant in 2012?  Think again."

​-Metro Magazine

By William Shakespeare
The Guthrie Theater / The Acting Company
Guthrie Run: January 14 - February 5, 2012
​National Tour: February 7 - May 13
New York Run, Baruch Theater: April 11 - 22

Set Design by Neil Patel Costume Design by Candice Donnelly Lighting Design by Michael Chybowski Original Music / Sound Design by Cliff Caruthers
Video Design by Shawn Sagady
Fight Direction by Felix Ivanoff Dramaturgy by Lue Morgan Douthit Voice and Speech Consulting by Andrew Wade
Production Stage Management by Richard Constable
Assistant Stage Management by Meg Friedman
Staff Repertory Direction by Adriana Baer Cast

Rob Melrose

Director • Translator • Playwright     

Photos by Heidi Bohnenkamp

"Director Rob Melrose's production is compact, brisk and contemporary -- perfect for touring. Using a wall of video projections, set designer Neil Patel has positioned this Caesar in 2012, complete with news telecasts and shots of the U.S. Capitol. Sound designer Cliff Caruthers thumps the point home with lots of bass and hip-hop over scene changes. The sleek suits in Candice Donnelly's costume scheme carry the air of modern power."

-Graydon Royce

The Mpls StarTribune

LuciusErnest Bentley
CalpurniaKaliswa Brewster
Soothsayer / Cinna the PoetCaleb Carlson
Marullus / Trebonius / MessalaRay Chapman
Julius CaesarBjorn DuPaty
Mark AntonyZachary Fine
Flavius / CinnaWhitney Hudson
Metellus Cimber / Octavius CaesarJoseph Midyett
CascaKeven Orton
Decius Brutus / LepidusNoah Putterman
CassiusSid Solomon
BrutusWill Sturdivant
Portia / Popiilius LenaKathleen Wise