Off-Off-Broadway's Judith Shakespeare Company will complete its fourth season with a gender-reversed production of William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, starring Drama Desk Award winner Merle Louise. The drama, directed by JSC Artistic Director Joanne Zipay, runs May 8-23. Louise won a Drama Desk Award for her role as the Beggar Woman in the original production of Sweeney Todd. Other Broadway credits include Into the Woods, La Cage aux Folles and Kiss of the Spider Woman. She plays the title character in Cesear.
Joining Louise are Jennie Israel (Brutus), Jane Titus (Cassius), Alice Gatling (Anthony), Richard Lear (Portia), Antonio del Rosario (Calpurnia), Linda Stein, Alithea Hages, Kelli Cruz, Cheryl Turner, Ginny Hack, Eileen Green, Yvonne Cole, Rachel O' Neill, Tanya Greve, Yolanda Hester, Jessica Hardin, Rachel Kramer and Kaia Monroe.
Jason Ardizzone-West designed the set, lighting and special effects and Rob Bevenger designed the costumes.
The Judith Shakespeare Company debuted in May 1995 and has presented Comedy of Errors, Macbeth (OOBR Award), Molly Louise Shepard's Tabula Rasa and All's Well That Ends Well. JSC's Executive Producer Philip Hernandez is currently starring on Broadway as Javert in Les Miserables. He is the only Broadway actor to have played both Valjean and Javert.
Tickets ($15) are available by calling the box office at (212) 592-1885. The Mint Space Is located at 311 West 43rd Street.