Step right up and behold!

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Caesar returns home from battle and the villagers are flocking to the Concourse Maximus to celebrate her victory. News spreads fast in Rome and the streets are on fire with all the local celebrities gathering for the feast of Lupercal. Don't miss their amazing feats of strength and seduction! 

Our glorious leader Julius Caesar has won another stunning victory against the enemies of Rome! It all began when former ally Pompey the Great objected to Caesar’s new title of Dictator-For-Life. Pompey, a Senator, put together a striking team of wealthy and stylish Romans, including the hometown favorite Marcus Brutus. But Pompey never had a chance against the greatest general in the known world. Caesar is merciful, and after the ferocious pounding, she forgave her beloved Brutus! Caesar may be getting that crown after all. You heard it here! Happy endings really do happen.

In other news, Cinna the Poet has been spotted singing outside Caesar’s window at all hours of the night. “Caesar loves me well” the well known street singer admitted to yours truly, “I have a new song coming soon, O Cesare!” Caesar’s wife Calpurnia declined to comment at this time, although she did have good words for the patent medicine she’s been popping: “keeps the organs youthful!” affirms the soon-to-be Empress of Rome.

Are the rumors true? Does domestic disharmony dwell in the Brutus household? Gossips whisper that Rome’s favorite senator has been keeping to himself, taking long walks late into the night. What does his little lady Portia get up to when the noble Roman is not around?

Speaking of Noble Romans, the well given Caius Cassius has pledged a thousand drachmas to repair the defaced statue of Pompey at the Capitol. A risky move from the normally cautious gentleman. Sources have spotted him behind pillars having shadowy conversations with Rome’s elite. What could the senator be up to?

Rome’s most eligible Bachelor Marc Antony has announced he will lead the festivities at the Feast of the Lupercal. “This will be a traditional Lupercalia” insists Antony.  Know for his lavish parties, the carrouser continued, “But we’ll also have some fun!” Antony has climbed the ladder of Roman Politics with ease, recently named Master of the Horse. That’s second in line to Caesar!

If this year’s Feast of the Lupercal is anything like last year’s, all of Rome will be in their best attire, some of them will climb on rooftops, and a small fringe may turn violent and burn several buildings. Remember to vote Caesar in the next election! 

 

From the Editor's Desk: Caesar Maximus is infused with 19th century popular entertainments of circus and opera, and the glitz and glitter of modern Imperialism echoes it's ancestry in ancient Rome. Is it any wonder? The wheel of fortune spins, time comes round...


CAESAR MAXIMUS at The Music Concourse

Thursdays-Sundays now through September 30

Step right up and get your ticket to a show you'll never forget!

Spotlight on: Micael Bogar

 
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We are proud to introduce Micael Bogar! Roman Women is Micael's debut with We Players, and we are so happy to have her wit, depth, and collaborative spirit.

Here's what Micael had to say about the process:

Q: What's been the most profound aspect of working on Roman Women?
A: Feminist theatre so often goes into what's wrong with society and how women are unequal in so many ways. While this play certainly has a lens to that, this play also stands on its own two feet as a piece of bad ass theatre. The physicality, language, relationships, musicality, and space make it a damn good piece of theatre that was created by women and is performed by women. What's more feminist than that?

Q: What's been the most surprising part of the process?
A: The wind. It's so windy and cold. If you're coming, dress for the arctic. It's cold outside at the Palace of Fine Arts.

Q: Do you have a funny memory of the process?
A: There's been a lot of laughter and some tears too, throughout the process. The funniest memory was when we were exploring bird bodies in a studio space and we turned into a pack of vultures and descended onto a bathroom. We shredded this handful of paper towels. It was intense. Wasteful to the environment, but seriously intense. I guess you had to be there.

Q: Why should people attend Roman Women?
A: Getting to spend two hours (if dressed appropriately) at the Palace of Fine Arts is reason enough, its a beautiful beautiful venue. That coupled with the music in the show is even more of a plus. And then when it comes to the actual show, there's a lot to explore in terms of the power of ritual, the power of women's voices, the power of seeing and being seen. There's orgasms, there's blood, there's a birth canal. I mean...ya....

Q: What makes Roman Women relevant?
A: We've taken the text of an old well-known Shakespeare play and turned it on its head. We've shaken it and seen what's left standing. We've done this with a feminist lens and our hope is that you will never experience the roles of women in Shakespeare plays the same way again.

Don't miss Micael in Roman Women, extended by popular demand through June 3rd. Get your tickets now!
http://www.weplayers.org/roman-women-2018

Just 4 weeks away, make your Midsummer plans now

LET US RECOUNT OUR DREAMS

We Players presents an adaptation
of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream

Five weeks only - don't miss out!

Join us for our version of this steamy favorite:
Midsummer of Love

Atop Strawberry Hill in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
6:30PM: June 22 - 25, July 6 - 9
6PM: July 27 - 30 

Under Kennedy Grove's Live Oaks, El Sobrante
6PM, July 15 & 16, July 22 & 23

In classic We Players style, we invite our audiences to engage with all of their senses. 

✿ Get your blood moving as you hike uphill, then rest in the shade of trees.

✿ Tune in to the faerie music wafting from the trees and the occasional hawk screeching overhead.

✿ Savor luscious and juicy summer fruits provided by the devilishly seductive pucks. 

Our Midsummer of Love is lush, effusive, bursting at the seams, like nature in the middle of summer.


 Join our circle of love on Kickstarter and celebrate the Summer of Love with We Players! 

We need your support to make the magic happen.
A gift of any amount, even just 5$ will help us cast the Midsummer spell. Celebrate the Summer of Love with We Players and share the love. We need your love!

Actor Spotlight: Courtney Walsh


We can’t believe week two of rehearsals at Petaluma Adobe State Historic Park is coming to a close. As we learn more and more about each other as fellow cast members of Romeo & Juliet, we will share those insights with you here in our Actor Spotlights!

Meet Courtney Walsh, our Mercutio!

Photo: Lauren Matley

Photo: Lauren Matley

 

WE: Describe We Players in four words…

CW: Adventurous, smart, committed, fun.

WE: How has working with We Players changed your perspective of theater, or of the world at large?

CW: Performance outside the black box removes inhibition. No room for self-consciousness at play or at large.

WE: Any funny or memorable We Players moments, anecdotes, quotes/metaphors you’d like to share?

CW: You can have a whole conversation between two people using just my character’s name:
Mercuti-YO!
Mercuti-you-HO!
Mercuti-WHOA!
Mercuti-GO.
Mercuti-NO!!
…Etc :)

WE: Tell us a little sumthin’ about you:

CW: I have four children, ages 12-23, and have been married 25 years. I have a horse and do competitive dressage. I also took several years off of acting to be a lawyer representing abused children. I have argued in the California Supreme Court.

WE: What is it about this new thing that’s rocking your world?

CW: Girls never get to sword fight - but now I do!

2014 Shakespeare Intensive with John Hadden

Explore the richness of Shakespeare’s language in an intimate workshop setting with John, Ava and We Players.

Visiting artist John Hadden is one of the founding company members of Shakespeare & Company in Massachusetts and has been developing his dexterity with Shakespeare’s language for over 30 years. He has an incredible ability to help unpack the specific meaning of the text, with the particular individuals in the unique circumstances of the moment. We are thrilled to have John Hadden join forces with We Players as an Associate Artist.

Due to popular demand, there will be two workshop modules. Participants are limited to 8  people per session. 

First Session: Monday January 13 & Tuesday January 14, 8-11pm

Second Session: Wednesday January 15 & Thursday January 16, 8-11pm

All sessions held at SF Circus Center: 755 Frederick St., San Francisco

Please plan to arrive between 7:30 and 7:45pm to sign in and get settled in the space

Participants: (tuition: $140) must come prepared with a 2 minute Shakespeare monologue. Participation in both evenings of either session is required. For deeply interested actors – participation in both sessions (all four evenings) will be considered (tuition: $250).

Observers: ($20 per session, or $50 to attend all sessions) are active witnesses to the individual work. This is very powerful and instructive for actors, directors and teachers alike.