Julius Caesar

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From the presenters of the Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival, join us indoors at the ISC Studio at Atwater Crossing.

Beware the Ides of March! Rome teeters on the brink of civil war as Caesar's ambition for a crown threatens the stability of the Republic. Part ghost story, part political murder thriller, ancient Rome comes to vivid life in ISC's first ever mounting of one of the greatest hits of the Elizabethan stage.

Inspired by Orson Welles's 1937 Mercury Theater production, this pared down version of the text immerses the audience in the multiplicities of the conspiracy to save Rome and even gives the spectators a voice in the action. Audience participation encouraged (but not enforced!)

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Reviews

"David Melville and Melissa Chalsma's wonderful direction lightly intersperses humor throughout the production, adding a subtly modern feel. Furthermore, a device of shout-back audience participation contributes a sense of community. Though the production lacks a sense of danger at times, it has the raw traits of personality and distress that Shakespeare likely intended. - RECOMMENDED"

sweet - Audrey Schlief - Stage Raw - ...read full review


Ellen Dostal
"Taking its cue from Orson Welles' 1937 Mercury Theatre production of JULIUS CAESAR, Independent Shakespeare Co. exercises its exceptional ability to adapt one of Shakespeare's massive works for an intimate indoor setting without giving up any of the play's scope or impact. The critical element is the audience, whose inclusion and participation helps overcome the limitations of a theatre by stretching its energy beyond four walls to create a story that feels big even without pageantry. Then, by stripping it down and focusing on the characters, Shakespeare's observations about politics and the abuse of power begin to resonate loudly as parallels to modern day political corruption are exposed."

sweet - Ellen Dostal - ...read full review


"Shakespeare's message in JULIUS CAESAR is clear as water in this production, which is also inspired on a 1937 edition of an Orson Welles's Mercury Theatre production. It will send you home wondering whether it is better to do the right thing for the wrong reasons, or the wrong thing for the right reasons, and whether, if pressed, you would choose man or country. Tremendously thought-provoking and delivered by a terrific cast, JULIUS CAESAR is certainly worth seeing."

sweet - Dena Burroughs - The Fume of Sighs - ...read full review


"David Melville and Melissa Chalsma's wonderful direction lightly intersperses humor throughout the production, adding a subtly modern feel. Furthermore, a device of shout-back audience participation contributes a sense of community. Though the production lacks a sense of danger at times, it has the raw traits of personality and distress that Shakespeare likely intended. - RECOMMENDED"

sweet - Audrey Schlief - Stage Raw - ...read full review


Ellen Dostal
"Taking its cue from Orson Welles' 1937 Mercury Theatre production of JULIUS CAESAR, Independent Shakespeare Co. exercises its exceptional ability to adapt one of Shakespeare's massive works for an intimate indoor setting without giving up any of the play's scope or impact. The critical element is the audience, whose inclusion and participation helps overcome the limitations of a theatre by stretching its energy beyond four walls to create a story that feels big even without pageantry. Then, by stripping it down and focusing on the characters, Shakespeare's observations about politics and the abuse of power begin to resonate loudly as parallels to modern day political corruption are exposed."

sweet - Ellen Dostal - ...read full review


"Shakespeare's message in JULIUS CAESAR is clear as water in this production, which is also inspired on a 1937 edition of an Orson Welles's Mercury Theatre production. It will send you home wondering whether it is better to do the right thing for the wrong reasons, or the wrong thing for the right reasons, and whether, if pressed, you would choose man or country. Tremendously thought-provoking and delivered by a terrific cast, JULIUS CAESAR is certainly worth seeing."

sweet - Dena Burroughs - The Fume of Sighs - ...read full review