Moonwork Theatre Company, the Off-Broadway troupe which has kept itself busy the last few seasons spinning Shakespeare's comedies and tragedies in new directions, will apply its talents to Julius Caesar this-coming spring. The production will run March 20 to April 14 at Moonwork's usual digs, the Connelly Theatre on E. 4th Street in the East Village. Gregory Wolfe will direct.
Moonwork has a modest hit last season with its buoyant, tuneful World War II era version of Twelfth Night, retitled by the company, What You Will (actually, the Bard's subtitle for his comedy). There was some talk of the production moving, but reportedly the show's large cast prevented such ambitions.
Julius Caesar is Shakespeare's treatment of the political maneuvering surrounding Caesar's assassination, in which none of the participants — Brutus, Cassius, Marcus Antonius of the title ruler — comes off particularly well. The production promises to mix in other forms of media with the usual stage action. In the past, the troupe has also tried its hand at A Midsummer Night's Dream, which was transformed into a musical, and Romeo and Juliet, which featured a large Greek Chorus.
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—By Robert Simonson