Aug 3-12, 2017

Julius Caesar

Julius Caesar

Julius Caesar

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  • Presented by: Colorado Shakespeare Festival
  • Runtime: 160 minutes
  • Intermission: One
  • Venue: Mary Rippon
  • Mary Rippon Outdoor Theatre, Boulder, CO 80302
The fault, dear Brutus, is not
in our stars, but in ourselves,
that we are underlings.

What makes a true leader? In the republic of ancient Rome, no one seems to know. As Rome’s leader basks in his victory and ignores a series of bad omens, jealous critics conspire to topple his regime—only to find later that their efforts were for naught. Lies, scheming and scandal meet in a spellbinding political thriller that seems all too familiar in today’s polarized times.

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Plot synopsis

Commoners celebrate Caesar’s victory over Pompey and are reprimanded by tribunes. Elsewhere, a soothsayer warns Caesar to beware the Ides of March; Cassius and Brutus discuss their fears of Caesar’s growing power; Caesar confides to Antony his distrust of Cassius; and Casca describes the spectacle of Antony thrice offering Caesar a crown (and he thrice refusing it).


Rome is beset by unnatural phenomena as Cassius, Casca and others solidify their resistance to Caesar. Brutus concludes death is the only way to prevent Caesar from becoming a tyrant. His wife, Portia, rebukes him for excluding her from his heavy thoughts. The conspirators arrive and plan to kill Caesar at the Capitol the next day.


Caesar’s wife, Calpurnia, has ominous dreams and implores Caesar to stay home. He initially agrees but then changes his mind. On his way to the Capitol, Caesar again ignores the soothsayer’s warning. The conspirators stab Caesar and proclaim liberty and freedom from tyranny. Brutus promises Antony safety and justification for killing Caesar. Antony makes shows of friendship, but when alone, he swears vengeance.


Brutus appears before the people to explain that he loved Caesar but killed him for the good of Rome. The people cheer him. Antony follows, grieving the loss of his beloved friend, and whips the crowd into a frenzy against the conspirators. The enraged mob rushes off to avenge Caesar’s death.


Rome is plunged into civil war; Antony and Octavius (Caesar’s adopted heir) oppose Brutus’ and Cassius’ forces. Brutus and Cassius quarrel over honor; they reconcile and Brutus reveals that Portia has killed herself. They receive new information about enemy troop movements and prepare their armies to march separately to Philippi. Alone, Brutus is haunted by Caesar’s ghost, who promises he’ll return at Philippi.


Confusion and misinformation soon overtake the battle at Philippi. When the dust settles, neither Brutus nor Cassius has survived the day. Antony and Octavius emerge victorious and praise Brutus as “the Noblest Roman of them all.”


—Heidi Schmidt, dramaturg

Warning: This production contains adult themes and simulated violence.

News & Reviews

Robert Sicular is proof positive that, when it comes to “Julius Caesar,” there’s no need to pull a Hoffman. All the inspiration an actor needs is within the pages of a newspaper or history book.

Colorado Shakespeare Festival

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The Colorado Shakespeare Festival will return to its roots for its 2017 season, revisiting shows originally featured in its first formal season in 1958.

A. H. Goldstein, Boulder Daily Camera

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DCPA veteran Robert Sicular will be playing Julius Caesar. He’s performed in 11 Theatre Company productions from 1994-2012, most recently Heartbreak House, The Liar and The Taming of the Shrew.

John Moore, Denver Center for the Performing Arts

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“We worked really hard to assemble a group of local favorites—some of the best in Colorado—as well as actors from California and New York that we’ve been trying to get out here for several years.”

Colorado Shakespeare Festival

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If you’ve never enjoyed Shakespeare under the stars at the Mary Rippon Outdoor Theatre in Boulder, this is a historic anniversary season in which to do so.

Joanne Ostrow, The Denver Post

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"Bold, refreshing and insightful."

A.H. Goldstein, Boulder Daily Camera

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Unlike many Shakespeare directors, Powell hasn't chosen to play with period and setting, but has decided to honor the work's time and place: ancient Rome. 

Juliet Wittman, Westword

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Robert Sicular cuts a fine figure as Caesar, both imperious and Jovian. With his regal robes and bearing, he is every inch the legend.

Bob Bows, ColoradoDrama.com

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The battle scenes near the end of the play as Brutus’ forces meet Marc Antony’s  on the battleground are some of the most powerful I’ve seen staged.

Beki Pineda, Boulder Magazine

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Coopwood’s conflicted, slow burn of a performance delivers a Brutus to remember.

Gary Zeidner, Boulder Weekly

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CSF’s Julius Caesar proves that controversy isn’t needed for relevance — 400 years later, Shakespeare’s words continue to ring true.

Ginny Quaney, PlayShakespeare.com

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Performance Extras

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Director

Director

Anthony Powell°

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Cast

Scott Coopwood*

Brutus

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Sam Sandoe

Caius Ligarius

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Erik Fellenstein

Flavius; Octavius Caesar; Ensemble

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Coleman Zeigen

Mauritius

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Tony Ryan

Carpenter; Metellus Cimber; Lucilius; Ensemble

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Bob Buckley

Cobbler; Publius; Messala; Ensemble

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Robert Sicular*

Julius Caesar

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Shelly Gaza*

Calpurnia

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Matthew Schneck*

Gaius Cassius

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Casey Andree

Casca; Strato; Ensemble

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Andy Walker

Decius Brutus; Pindarus; Ensemble

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Christopher Joel Onken*

Mark Antony

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Anne Penner

Soothsayer; Portia

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Ian Roy Fraser

Lucius; Ensemble

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David Derringer

Trebonius; Clitus; Ensemble

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Ayla Sullivan

Artemidora; Ensemble

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Evan Ector

Young Cato; Ensemble

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Michael Chen

Volumnius; Ensemble

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Artistic Team

Scenic Designer

Caitlin Ayer

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Assistant Stage Manager

Miranda Baxter*

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Sound Designer

Jason Ducat

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Costume Designer

Clare Henkel^

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Lighting Designer

Shannon McKinney^

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Assistant Fight Director

Ava Kostia

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Dramaturg

Heidi Schmidt

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Stage Manager

Stacy Renee Norwood*

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