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That "Julius Caesar" Production
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.0744  Monday, 28 August 2006

[1] 	From: 	David Frankel <
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	Date: 	Friday, 25 Aug 2006 11:52:30 -0400
	Subj: 	RE: SHK 17.0737 That "Julius Caesar" Production

[2] 	From: 	Joseph Egert <
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	Date: 	Monday, 28 Aug 2006 00:25:55 +0000
	Subj: 	RE: SHK 17.0737 That "Julius Caesar" Production


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From: 		David Frankel <
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Date: 		Friday, 25 Aug 2006 11:52:30 -0400
Subject: 17.0737 That "Julius Caesar" Production
Comment: 	RE: SHK 17.0737 That "Julius Caesar" Production

I saw the Julius Caesar at the RSC (along with Romeo and Juliet, Henry 
VI-1 -- on opening night), and both parts of Henry IV, performed by the 
Chicago Shakespeare Theatre.

I felt that James Hayes's performance as Caesar was one of the best in 
the production-he had the stature and gravitas of someone who knew he 
was in command-all the more surprising, as he is a very understated and 
slight person as a "civilian" (at least in my brief encounter with him). 
  He certainly carried himself in a way that could be read as arrogant. 
  I do not think he was pompous, but he certainly performed as he was 
the only "I" in Rome.

I would take some issue, though, with Mr. Swilley's given's.  Casca 
certainly doesn't speak well of Caesar, nor do the other conspirators 
(or freedom fighters).

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From: 		Joseph Egert <
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Date: 		Monday, 28 Aug 2006 00:25:55 +0000
Subject: 17.0737 That "Julius Caesar" Production
Comment: 	RE: SHK 17.0737 That "Julius Caesar" Production

L. Swilley writes on JULIUS CAESAR:

 >All characters - save Cassius - speak with admiration of the "great" 
Caesar....

But, LS, what about:

--Caska? whose hands speak even more cuttingly;
--Decius? the other Brutus, who can o'ersway and bend the flattered 
Caesar to his will;
--party-poopers Flavius and Murellus? put to silence by a Caesar 
triumphant over Pompey's blood;
--Plebeians 1 &3? who blow with the oratorical wind;
--young Cato? the foe to tyrants;
--Marcus Brutus? who admiringly murders his natural father, the 
unhatched serpent, for his ambition, that same evil spirit lurking 
inside the son as well;
--and finally Antony, yes Antony, Caesar's avenger, his Lupercal errand 
boy, who projects that festering resentment onto Lepidus?

Stay well,
Joe Egert

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