July 29th – September 2nd
Thursdays – Sundays at 7 pm
“Beware the Ides of March!”Julius Caesar returns from war, facing new challenges to his rule. Brutus will stop at nothing – even assassination – for the good of the republic. But do things get better, or worse? Will Caesar’s ghost be avenged? See this classic political thriller set in a modern world, showing the power and problem of the mob mentality, and how far people will go to rule a nation.
WRITTEN BY WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
DIRECTED BY RICHARD FARRELL
RATING: T FOR TEEN
Julius Caesar has returned from war with Pompey, his triumph celebrated by joyful Romans, with the exception of a few who fear that Caesar’s power may be becoming to great. One of these few, Cassius, jealous of Caesar’s power, convinces his noble friend Brutus that the people wish to make Caesar an absolute ruler and that assassination is their only option. Brutus, believing this the best course for the salvation of the republic of Rome, agrees and they gather a group of conspirators to attempt the deed.
Caesar’s wife Calpurnia, having dreams that prophesy Caesar’s death, convinces him not to attend the senate meeting on the Ides of March. Caesar, having been previously warned of this date by a Soothsayer, agrees to stay home with his nervous wife and informs Decius Brutus that he will not attend. Decius Brutus, unknown to Caesar, is one of the conspirators and re-interprets Calpurnia’s dream as a positive one, eventually convincing Caesar to go to the Senate house. Once there, the conspirators rise together and slay him.
Marc Antony, a loyal supporter of Caesar, asks Brutus to be allowed to speak in Caesar’s funeral. Brutus allows him to do so, but only after he himself speaks. Brutus tells the people of his love of Caesar, but of his greater love of Rome and sways the people into believing that Caesar’s assassination was the best course for Rome. Antony, however, is able to sway the people the other way and they rebel against the conspirators, splitting Rome into two warring factions.
Octavius and Marc Antony war against Cassius and Brutus, slaying anyone believed to be involved in the conspiracy against Caesar. Cassius, mistakenly believing that they have lost a major battle, commits suicide. Brutus, having been visited by the ghost of Caesar on the battlefield, realizes that the battle is lost and runs onto his own sword, praising Caesar to the last. Marc Antony, Octavius and Lepidus form a triumverate to rule the new Rome.
The Peninsula Backstage episode about Silicon Valley Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar is now online! The full episode can be found here: https://vimeo.com/175445663 and will also be COMING SOON TO A TELEVISION NEAR YOU! Keep an eye out on Media Center’s TV stations for multiple airings in Palo Alto, East Palo Alto, Atherton, Menlo Park and Stanford.
Larry Barrott… Brutus/Fight Choreographer
Nick Mandracchia… Caesar, Strato
Doll Piccotto… Cassius/Dramaturg
Gabriel A. Ross… Antony
Nicholas Boucher… Metellus Cimber, Cobbler, Volumnius
Joel A. S. Butler…Tribonius, Pindarus
April Culver… Calpurnia, Octavius’ Servant
Carla Dano-Arango… Philippi Messenger, Servant, Ensemble
Ivette Deltoro… Plebeian, Understudy
Carl Erez… Young Cato, Ensemble
Keenan Flagg… Carpenter, Antony’s Servant, Antony’s SoldierScenic Construction
Barbara Heninger … Soothsayer, Cinna the Poet, Clitus
Roger Hooper… Casca, Lepidus, Antony Soldier 1
Josie Burgin Lawson… Murellus, Popillius Lena, Titinius
Dana Morgan… Portia, Dardanius
Kevin Scofield… Octavius, Flavius, Artemidorus
Spencer Stevenson… Cinna, Lucilius
Wei-Jung Rachel Tsai… Lucius
Melissa Weinstein… Decius Brutus, Messala/Hair and Makeup Designer
Richard Farrell… Director
Stage Manager… Kimberly Scofield
Assistant Director… Drew Benjamin Jones
Lighting Designer… John Bernard
Scenic Designer… Ron Gasparinetti
Costume Designer… Melissa Sanchez
Assistant Stage Manager… Kiera Robinson
Properties Designer… Christina Sturken
Sound Designer… Phil Surtees
Scenic Construction/Technical Internship Supervisor… Louis Stone-Collonge
Master Electrician… Jarku Tang Virtanen
Sound Board Operator… Amy Mullenex
About Julius Caesar
How long is the performance?
Julius Caesar runs approximately two hours and thirty minutes, including intermission.
What time are the performances?
All performances of Shakespeare in Sanborn Park begin at 7pm.
How long do the plays run?
Sanborn Park has a curfew requiring all participants (audience, performers, and staff) to leave the park by 10 pm. Therefore, all performances end at or before 9:30 pm.
How much are tickets?
Tickets for Shakespeare in Sanborn Park are $22, with discounts available for students, seniors, and SVS members. Kids 17 years of age attend for FREE, with a paid adult admission. Although children attend for free, they are still required to reserve a ticket so that we can guarantee their seat availability. Prices include online ticketing fees. No hidden fees!
Where can I buy tickets?
Tickets for all productions are available here. Due to the limited capacity of the space, we recommend purchasing tickets in advance. All ticket holders need to check in with at the Box Office upon arrival. Online Ticket holders will be asked to present their online confirmations to receive physical tickets. People purchasing tickets at the park can pay with cash, Visa, Mastercard, or a check made out to Silicon Valley Shakespeare.
What is the parking situation?
Parking at Sanborn Park is $6 per vehicle. There is very little light in the parking lots after performances, so you might consider bringing a small flashlight.
Is the seating reserved?
Seating in Sanborn Park is available on a first-come, first-served basis. The house opens for seating at approximately 6:30pm, though SVS members get earlier access. At that time, you can claim your seats with a blanket and then continue to enjoy a picnic in the park.All seating consists of gray folding chairs with padded seats and backs.
Will there be food available at the show?
We have a well-stocked concessions stand where you can purchase wine, water, snacks, cookies, candy, and both cold and hot beverages, perfect for complementing a picnic you bring for before the performance.
Can I drop my child off at the park and pick him or her up after the play?
Children must be supervised at all times. SVS asks that at least one adult be present for every six children in attendance. If you choose to drop a teenager off, note that Sanborn Park closes for entry at sunset and you cannot drive into the park later to retrieve your child. Cellular phone service in the park is very limited, so your child will not be able to reach you if they wish to leave early. Silicon Valley Shakespeare is not responsible for any child left unattended.
Is Shakespeare in the Park a dress-up affair?
Not at all! The performance is outdoors in a park where the terrain is primarily dirt and gravel. We recommend wearing shoes that let you walk safely to and from the theatre (high heels are not a good choice). The weather can change quickly, so we recommend that you bring something warm to put on later in the evening. If you bring/wear a hat we request that it be one that won’t obstruct someone else’s view.
What about dogs?
Well-socialized dogs on a leash are welcome, but we ask owners to choose seats on the left side of the audience, closest to the creek. This lets people with allergies or fear of dogs to keep a suitable distance. Exceptions can be made for qualified service dogs.
Are the plays appropriate for children?
We pride ourselves on providing entertainment for the entire family. Due to graphic content inherent in many of Shakespeare’s works, we recommend parents familiarize themselves with the plays and determine if they are appropriate for your particular child. To assist parents we have provided a rating system (see the Family Rating Page).
Can we bring a picnic?
Of course! There are several areas in the park to enjoy a picnic. If you come early to picnic, we recommend you have someone line up 30-45 minutes before the performance to reserve seats, then return to finish your picnic. Peterson Grove, though conveniently located, is not available to our patrons. Sanborn Park has provided several picnic tables just down the hill from the theatre entrance, marked as The Shady Grove, for your convenience.
What are those cool thrones in the back of the theatre? How can I sit there?
Royal Seating is an exclusive SVS experience! Extra-comfortable seats, a private seating area, a designated usher pre-show and at intermission – this is the lap of luxury for your evening’s entertainment.Available primarily to members of our Royal Court, though some are available for purchase at some performances. You can become a member of our Royal Court, or ask about upgrading at the Box Office if you see those seats are empty.
Will SVS pass the hat at Sanborn Park?
SVS does not pass the hat at ticketed performances. However, if you wish to make a donation to continue to support Shakespeare in the Park, and to help us keep it free for kids, there will be a donation basket in the concession area. Checks can be made out to Silicon Valley Shakespeare.
Julius Caesar – T for Teen
This production will contain elements of violence which might give some parents pause. Parents who are curious about the content of this play can read a version that’s very similar to our script here.
About the Family Rating System
Silicon Valley Shakespeare makes theatrical classics enjoyable and accessible to as wide an audience as possible. Families love to attend our plays, and we’re proud to have introduced thousands of young people to the Bard. To assist parents and guardians in assessing which of our plays might be right for their children, we offer a Parental Advisory that features a general rating followed by a more nuanced recommendation and description of the content. Our assessment can’t fit every family, so we offer a link to the actual text of our plays whenever possible so that parents can make their own decision. Our ratings are:
E for Everyone — Suitable for all audiences.
PG for Parental Guidance — Appropriate for most audiences under 13, but we recommend that parents inform themselves as to the content of the play and its themes, and exercise their best judgment for their individual child.
T for Teen — Might be inappropriate for audiences under 13. Parents of younger children are welcome to attend with their children, but we recommend that they prepare for any questions their children may have about some of the more sophisticated and mature content and themes of the play and its particular presentation.
M for Mature — Not recommended for audiences under 17.
About very young children: Infants and toddlers are always welcome at all outdoor plays. We’re thrilled to offer newer parents an opportunity to enjoy live theatre! We ask that at least one parent or guardian of these tiny theatergoers be prepared to take a break with them out of earshot of the theatre space if they become upset or very vocal.