Off-Broadway's Moonwork Theatre Company Returns with Caesar, Oct. 30

News   Off-Broadway's Moonwork Theatre Company Returns with Caesar, Oct. 30 Beginning in the mid-'90s, Moonwork Theatre Company made a reputation Off-Broadway for spinning Shakespeare's comedies and tragedies in new directions, setting Twelfth Night in a canteen during World War II, for instance, or granting Romeo and Juliet a Greek chorus.

The troupe has been absent from the theatre scene since 2001, but on Oct. 30 will return to its usual haunt, the East Village's Connelly Theatre. There they will pick up where they left off, with a revival of their 2001 production of Julius Caesar. The play will open Nov. 9 and run through Nov. 23. Now, as then, Gregory Wolfe will direct. 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 — come off particularly well.

The tragedy will be enacted by Bill Gorman, Chris Yates, Mason Pettit, Chris Haas, Mary Birdsong, Sarah Knowlton, Dan Snow, Paula Stevens, Justin Steeve and an eight-member ensemble, augmented by video cameos by Tom Shillue, Demetri Martin, Cindy Kaplan and others.

Tickets are $19. Call (212) 868-4444 or at www.smarttix.com.