CAESAR MAXIMUS at The Music Concourse, 2018

Directed by Ava Roy

Adapted from William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar by Nick Medina in collaboration with Ava Roy

A BRAND NEW WORK AND WORLD PREMIERE
WE PLAYERS PRESENTS CAESAR MAXIMUS AT THE MusIC CONCOURSE IN FALL 2018.

San Francisco’s Music Concourse in Golden Gate Park provides the stage for We Players’ brand new adaptation of Julius Caesar, CAESAR MAXIMUS. Influenced by the Gilded Age, we explore a Roman Republic corrupted by machine politics and old money. Incorporating the nineteenth century popular entertainments of Opera and Circus, this multi-disciplinary, site-integrated production explores power, grief, and popular action. Inspired by the bloody history of civil unrest, the piece leans into the blind fury of a righteously angry mob and opens up Shakespeare’s greatest political parable for our own tumultuous time.


August 16 - September 30

+ Performances
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Previews:
Thu August 16
5:30PM
$35
Fri August 17
5:30PM
$35
Sat August 18
5:30PM
$40
Sun August 19
5:30PM
$40

Opening Weekend:
Thu August 23
5:30PM
$50
Fri August 24
5:30PM
$50
Sat August 25
5:30PM
$65
Sun August 26
5:30PM
$65

Second Weekend:
Thu August 30
5:30PM
$50
Fri August 31
5:30PM
$50
Sat September 1
5:30PM
$70
Sun September 2
5:30PM
$70
Monday, September 3
Labor Day
5:30PM
$60

Third Weekend:
Thu September 6
5:30PM
$50
Fri September 7
5:30PM
$50
Sat September 8
5:30PM
$70
Sun September 9
5:30PM
$70

Fourth Weekend:
Thu September 13
5:30PM
$50
Fri September 14 - No Performance
Sat September 15 - No Performance
Sun September 16
5:30PM
$70

Fifth Weekend:
Thu September 20
4:30PM
$50
Fri September 21
4:30PM
$50
Sat September 22
4:30PM
$80
Sun September 23
4:30PM
$70

Closing Weekend:
Thu September 27
4:30PM
$60
Fri September 28
4:30PM
$60
Sat September 29
4:30PM
$80
Sun September 30
4:30PM
$80

Experience Julius Caesar as you never have before, at The Music Concourse in Golden Gate Park, surrounded by iconic San Francisco landmarks.

Don’t take our word for it, get a taste of our Rome in this sneak preview!


+ FAQ
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Is this production suitable for children?
While not appropriate for very young children, given scenes of violence and representations of death, the spectacle of Caesar Maximus will be engaging and suitable for children 10+. Ultimately we leave the decision to parental discretion, but cannot accommodate children under 6.

What should I wear?
While this site is not as rugged as some of our previous locations, we do still suggest comfortable shoes and multiple layers in order to keep yourself warm. Golden Gate Park can become quite chilly as evening arrives!

How long is the performance?
CAESAR MAXIMUS is between 2 and 2.5 hours long.

How accessible is this production?
We believe that the CAESAR MAXIMUS experience will be easy to access via wheelchair, but please let us know at reservations@weplayers.org if you are someone in your party has mobility concerns so that we can be prepared to offer any needed support.

This project looks really interesting! Can I volunteer with We Players?
Absolutely! Join us in bringing this tale to life! Contact us at we@weplayers.org!

A We Players production sometimes a lot of walking. Is there seating available? Are there VIP seats?
As with all our productions, our team will guide you through the space, and we encourage you to choose and change your position so you can best see and hear the action.

In each performance location the audience will take the following formation: those comfortable sitting or kneeling on the ground in the front, those sitting on stools next, and those standing remain at the back. We will provide folding stools and foam kneelers for those who wish to use them. We can not accommodate personal folding chairs, please plan to use one of ours.

Can I bring my pet?
We prefer that you do not bring any pets to the performance, as it can be distracting to both other audience members and to performers.

If you must bring your dog with you, it needs to be under your control (leashed) at all times. If it does disrupt the play by noise or behavior, we will ask you to self-regulate and remove yourself from the performance area.

What if my question is not answered here?
For questions about the production and performance, please contact We Players at info@weplayers.org.


+ The Buzz


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Jean Schiffman, SF/ARTS: Summer Arts in the Park

Lily Janiak, SF Chronicle: We Players’ second riff on ‘Julius Caesar’ this season has a female lead


+ The team
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THE CAST:
Caesar: Libby Oberlin
Antony: Rotimi Agbabiaka
Brutus: Joseph Schommer
Cassius and Carpenter: Hunter Scott MacNair
Casca: Chris Steele
Cinna the Senator and Cobbler: Alan Coyne
Cinna the Poet: Zoltan DiBartolo
Portia: Britt Lauer
Calpurnia and The Beggar: Lauren Hayes
Soothsayer: Emily Stone
Ajax The Juggler: Oscar Velarde

THE MUSICIANS:
Trombone: Greg Stephens
Percussion: Ricky Lomelli
Percussion: Tim DeCillis
Trumpet: Danny Cao
Trumpet: Matthew DePasquale
Trumpet: Aaron Priskorn
Trumpet: Max Miller-Loran

THE CREATIVE TEAM & CREW:
Director/ Producer: Ava Roy
Assistant Director/ Adaptor: Nick Medina
Composer/ Music Director: Charlie Gurke
Costume Designer: Brooke Jennings
Assistant Costume Designer: Kathleen Qiu
Set Designer: Edward T. Morris
Fight Director: Chris Steele
Stage Manager/ Associate Artist: Giselle Boustani-Fontenele
Production Manager: Rosalie Fay Barnes
House Manager: Moira McGovern
Production Crew Manager: Lucas Brown
Production Crew: Lana Richards
Production Crew: Alessandra Bongiardina
Production Intern: Kristen Wolfe

VOLUNTEERS OF GLORY:
The Incredible Monica Herbert
The Amazing Ruth Tringham


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+ Our Circus Center Partners
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Circus Center’s history began in 1974, when Peggy Snider and Larry Pisoni founded The Pickle Family Circus, the iconic Bay Area troupe that kicked off the United States’ circus renaissance movement.

Ten years later, Pickle Family members Wendy Parkman and Judy Finelli opened the San Francisco School for Circus Arts, renamed Circus Center in 2001, to train youth in circus arts.

In 1993, Circus Center moved from its original old church location to the vacant West Gym of Polytechnic High School, where it remains today. Over the next 30 years, Circus Center established itself as one of the most advanced school of the circus arts on the West Coast, with training in clowning, acrobatics, aerial arts, contortion and more. With its international roster of highly experienced instructors, Circus Center continues to train artists who work professionally in highly respected circuses and performance venues around the world. Several former Circus Center students have gone on to found schools and circuses of their own.

Circus Center remains a San Francisco institution, producing professional-quality shows starring students, instructors, and community members. Their pre-professional youth troupe has sent students on to careers in circuses around the world, with a scholarship program that helps young artists to pursue their professional dreams regardless of ability to pay.

Read more on the Circus Center site!


+ The Place
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Golden Gate Park’s Music Concourse, originally constructed as the Grand Court for the Midwinter Fair of 1894, becomes Rome on Election Day. This vibrant civic space perfectly transforms into the hustling, bustling Circus that is the city under Caesar. Most often recognized as the promenade between the de Young and the Academy of Science, the space is an attraction in its own right with its Temple of Music, pollarded Wych Elms, and grand Rideout Fountain. Processing through the space, the performance will utilize the entire length of the Music Concourse. Our final act, the horror of war viewed from inside a medical tent, plays in the iron-gated pedestrian tunnel as the ghosts of the dead haunt the few left living.


+ About the Performance
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