Media Theatre to stage 'Julius Caesar'

Zoran Kovcic plays the title role in The Media Theatre's "Julius Caesar."

The Media Theatre will present "Julius Caesar" on stage Jan. 30 through Feb. 24.

Shakespeare’s political thriller tells the story of the conspiracy against Caesar, his assassination and the defeat of his conspirators.

In the play, Caesar has returned to Rome, triumphant from the war against Pompey. The republic is prepared to give him new power, causing concern and dismay among senators who believe that too much power is held by one man. So Caius Cassius plots a conspiracy against Caesar, believing his death is necessary for the good of the republic.

The Media Theatre has gathered a gender-bending cast from the Philadelphia region to bring Shakespeare's legendary prose to life.

Zoran Kovcic plays the title role. Kovcic makes his Media Theatre debut after appearing at Delaware County's Hedgerow Theatre in dozens of productions. He has been a member of the Hedgerow Theatre Co. since 1991. His previous Shakespeare roles include Earl of Gloucester, Friar Lawrence, Don Armado, Sir Toby Belch, Hamlet's Ghost, Polonius and Oberon.

Barrymore Award winner Jennie Eisenhower portrays Marc Antony, with Charlotte Northeast taking on the role of Cassius.

Damon Bonetti is Brutus in director Bill Van Horn's production, and Catherine Purcell takes on Portia, Voluminus and Strato.

Serena Vesper is Calpurnia, Messala and Voluminious in her Media debut. Jack Blouch also appears at Media for the first time as Casca and Strato.

Michael Fuchs, seen at Media in "1776" and "Romeo and Juliet," will be busy as Flavius, Cinna, Artemidorus, Publius, Titinius and Lepidus.

A Media Theatre audience favorite, Broadway's Nicholas Saverine, appears as Marullus, Cicero, Ligarius, Popilus, Trebonious, Cinna and Clitus.

Hannah Brannau returns after appearing in "Romeo and Juliet" to take on the Soothsayer, Artemidorus 1 and the Poet.

Malik Abdul Khalliq, of Delaware County, makes his Media debut as Metellus, Pindaru and Dardanius. And another Hedgerow veteran, Lisa Villamill, will appear as Casca and Varro.

Several of the actors will also fill in the roles of citizens and cobblers in Van Horn's vision for Shakespeare's classic.

For tickets, showtimes and more information, visit mediatheatre.org or call 610-891-0100.

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