All Hail! Julius Caesar Begins Reign at the Belasco on March 8

News   All Hail! Julius Caesar Begins Reign at the Belasco on March 8 Film star Denzel Washington stars as Brutus in a new Daniel Sullivan-directed production of Shakespeare's military tragedy Julius Caesar, beginning previews at the Belasco Theatre March 8, a week short of the Ides of March. Opening is April 3.
Denzel Washington
Denzel Washington

"Et tu, Brute," will be spoken by William Sadler, who takes on the role of Caesar. Jessica Hecht will play Brutus' wife Portia. Colm Feore is Denzel's conspirator, Cassius, and Eamonn Walker is his nemesis, Marc Antony.

Also in the cast are Tamara Tunie and Jack Willis as Caesar’s wife, Calphurnia and Casca, respectively.

The ensemble is completed by Stephen Lee Anderson, Jacqueline Antaramian, Kelly AuCoin, Ed Onipede Blunt, David Cromwell, Keith Davis, Peter Jay Fernandez, Seth Fisher, Steven M. Jones, Ty Jones, Aaron Krohn, Quentin Maré, Christopher McHale, Mark Mineart, Dan Moran, Jason Manuel Olazábal, Howard W. Overshown, Patrick Page, Kurt Rhoads, John Douglas Thompson, Richard Topol and Henry Woronicz.

The production has not revealed any secrets as to the nature of Sullivan's staging, though sources have the story taking place some decades in the future, among the ruins of Rome, following a great and disastrous war.

Washington earned Oscars for his turns in the films "Training Day" and "Glory." The actor is also known for his work in "Philadelphia," "Malcolm X," "The Hurricane," "The Manchurian Candidate" and his recent directorial debut, "Antwone Fisher." Washington last appeared on Broadway in 1988's Checkmates.

Daniel Sullivan is known for such disparate efforts as Proof, A Moon for the Misbegotten, The Retreat From Moscow, Major Barbara and The Heidi Chronicles.

The design team features Ralph Funicello (set design), Jess Goldstein (costume design), Mimi Jordan Sherin (lighting design), Dan Moses Schreier (original music and sound design), Gregory Meeh (special effects), Robin F. McFarquhar (fight direction) and Charles LaPointe (wig and hair design).