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Julius Caesar (Shakespeare in Carroll Park)

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Joby Earle
June 7, 2013

What is your job on this show?
Actor, Founding member.

What is your show about?
Julius Caesar is a play written by William Shakespeare about the assassination of Caesar, the people involved in the plot, and the consequences of their actions.

What type of theater do you like most to work on?
Professional theater makers making the choice to collaborate, embrace the performance space (in our case, a busy outdoor park), gain the community's respect and support, and bring incredibly cared for stories to that community.

Why do you do theater (as opposed to film, or TV, or something not in the entertainment field)?
I am a theater maker because I enjoy seeing and participating in art that requires both the makers and audience to be in the same place at the same time.

Is there a particular moment in this show that you really love or look forward to? Without giving away surprises, what happens in that moment and why does it jazz you?
Much of this play deals with the feeling of being ambivalent, of weighing two opposite but equal outcomes. When we walk amongst the audience and ask them these questions waiting to hear how they will respond, its quite thrilling.

Which mythical character would like your show the best: Cyclops, Cupid, Paul Bunyan or the Easter Bunny?
Obi Wan Kenobi. Honestly just because if he liked it it meant he saw it which meant I probably got to meet him.

Can theater bring about societal change? Why or why not?
I think tracking whether a piece of theater directly led to a societal change is tough to map. But I think the act of theater changes society every time people show up for a show. Its one of the few excuses we get to spend time with a group of people who all have a single focus.