The Declan Adams Theatre Company will present Julius Caesar, William Shakespeare’s timeless play on the assassination of the infamous Roman, at the Powerhouse Theatre in Santa Monica beginning Friday, September 11th through Sunday, September 27th.

Shows are scheduled at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 7:30 p.m. Sundays at the Powerhouse, 3116 Second St., Santa Monica.

The performance features returning cast members from their sold out runs of As You Like It and Romeo and Juliet, and is directed by co-artistic director Erwin Tuazon.

Julius Caesar is Shakespeare’s legendary retelling of Roman Senators Marcus Brutus and Caius Cassius’ plot to murder Caesar on the Ides of March and restore the Republic to the people

of Rome. Following Caesar’s unnatural death at the hands of “Brutus and the rest”, Marc Antony vows revenge against the conspirators with the help of a funeral oration and the unexpectedly able hands of youth Octavius Caesar.

At its heart, the play tells of the tragedy of Marcus Brutus as he agonizes whether or not it was right to take the life of his dear friend, Julius Caesar, for the greater good of his beloved Rome.

A Declan Adams Theatre spokesperson said the company prides itself on offering unique, modern interpretations of Shakespeare’s work that both illuminate the language and remain accessible to present-day audiences. This

production re-imagines a Rome where men and women are political equals and the new and vibrant colors this might add to their relationships had Julius Caesar, Caius Cassius and Octavius Caesar all been women, the company spokesperson said.

Tuazon said he wants to bring the “dynamic personal relationships between political titans who

loom God-like over the destinies of the Empire” to the forefront of this staging of Julius Caesar.

Scenic design is by Frank Astran, sound and costume design is by Tuazon, lighting design is by Karyn Lawrence.

The cast includes John Brockmeier, Ryan Causey, Leigh Dunham, JR Esposito, Jeff Holden, Eliza Kiss, Lovelle Liquigan, Anna-Kate Mohler, Zack Price, Max Smythe, Jessica Temple, Christine Terrisse, Tuazon, and Lourdes Uribe. Julius Caesar is produced by Jeff Hirbour and Tuazon, who has directed for the stage at UC Irvine where he earned a bachelor of dramatic arts.

Tickets are $20 at the door or when purchased online at www.powerhousetheatre.com/.

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