This modern spin on a classic political thriller makes you think. Not much in human nature has changed since 44 BC. We think we have evolved...but have we? More than ever...leaders, executives, and people in power are being brought down by many times the very people they trust.
The Guthrie Theater teamed up with The Acting Company and created an action packed, drama filled, twenty-first century Julius Caesar. It was awesome to watch people in suits spouting Shakespeare. Sometimes it is difficult for me to watch Shakespeare (only because I am trying so hard to understand each word) but not this time. From the hippies protesting in the street, the screens with all the modern day news and the hip, hop music...I loved this contemporary Julius Caesar.
This play is shown in the Dowling Studio, the most intimate space at the Guthrie. It is all black which really allows you to focus on the actors and scenes. The play comes alive solely on the actors ability to engage you. This group of up and coming actors, directed by Rob Melrose did an incredible job of keeping me on the edge of my seat.
A quote from Joe Dowling in regards to the Dowling Studio: "Young people are the lifeblood of a vibrant theater. In our new studio space, the Guthrie will play an important role in developing a new body of American artists."
Julius Caesar is showing through this Sunday, February 5.
Make it a date night and enjoy!