And To The Republic, Setting Shakespeare Against Modern-Day News Cycle, Begins May 24

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24 May 2014

Jordan Kaplan
Jordan Kaplan

And To The Republic, a modern political thriller inspired by Shakespeare's Roman plays, begins May 24 prior to an official opening May 29. 

Presented by The Guerrilla Shakespeare Project, the production continues through June 7 at the WorkShop's Main Stage.

Directed by Geordie Broadwater, the cast comprises Tiffany Baker, Jordan Kaplan, Madeleine Maby, Jordan Reeves, Jacques Roy and Tom Schwans.

"Our American republic has weathered political strife, assassinations, even a civil war — but what if the conspiracy came from the top?" press notes state. "It happened in Rome on March 15th, 44 BCE, and the most powerful country on earth — a republic that had endured for more than 400 years — slipped in the waiting arms of an empire.

"The Guerrilla Shakespeare Project takes Shakespeare's version of that infamous moment in history — as told in Julius Caesar, Antony and Cleopatra, and Coriolanus — and strips them down before rebuilding them from the ground up to examine the ramifications of the assassination of a President by setting original text against a contemporary 24-hour news cycle."

And To The Republic features lighting design by Melissa Mizell, costume design by Lea Reeves and sound design by Dana Haynes and David Are.

The WorkShop's Main Stage is located at 312 West 36th Street, 4th Floor. Tickets are available at guerrillashakespeare.org.