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Rubicon Theatre Presents the Fearless Shakespeare Camp Production of Julius Caesar by Shakespeare

July 20, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

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An event every day that begins at 8:00 am, repeating until July 22, 2018

Rubicon Theatre
1006 East Main Street
Ventura, CA 93001 United States

Rubicon Theatre presents the Fearless Shakespeare Camp production of Julius Caesar by Shakespeare from Rubicon Theatre Company’s third Summer Education Outreach Production. Rubicon Theatre Company’s third summer education program will be one of William Shakespeare’s classics, Julius Caesar. The Fearless Shakespeare Camp is run by Joseph Fuqua, the director of the production, with the assistance of Louis Lotorto, the verse coach for the camp. The camp runs for three weeks, with performances in the third and fourth weeks (Friday, July 20, 2018 to Sunday July 22, 2018).

 

The Play – In this story of loyalty and patriotism, betrayal and individual ambition, Julius Caesar returns to Rome in glory, having defeated his rival. The adoring crowds want to crown him king, but those around him worry that he has become too ambitious. On a stormy night filled with foreboding, Cassius persuades Caesar’s noble friend Brutus to join a conspiracy that changes the course of history.

 

“The play is about the conflict between having an emperor and having a Republic,” Fuqua explains. Fuqua has set this production during the Cold War, interpreting Julius Caesar as a Fidel Castro-like character.

 

Fuqua has personally adapted the play, cutting thirteen characters, swapping ages, and even gender bending of certain characters.

 

Julius Caesar – runs two hours, and is appropriate for ages middle school and up. Performances are Friday, July 20 at 7:00 p.m., Saturday, July 21 at 2:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m., and Sunday, July 22 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $11 for students, $16 for adults, plus a $4 processing fee. For tickets, call (805) 667-2900 or go to www.rubicontheatre.org.

 

About the Cast

The cast of Julius Caesar consists of nineteen students ages 15-to-24. Cast members from the City of Ventura include Xander Young as Julius Caesar; Nick Rada as Cassius; Gabriel Lemusas Mark Antony; Louis Santia as Roman 1; Jaidyn Sellard as Roman 2 and Servant to Antony; Ren Tallent as Cinna; Cole Sodergren as Decius; Lauren Sherman as Ligarius and Cinna the Poet; Vincent McIntosh as Cicero and Pindarus; Clayton Currie as Roman 4 and Lepidus; Juliet Johnson as Calpurnia; Seth Stevenson as Lucius; and Riley Stork as the Soothsayer. Chris Ehrman from Oxnard plays Metellus Cimber. Santa Paula residents Caleb Kneip and Rebecca Graham play Brutus and Portia. Ojai Residents Sophie Massey and Luke Hamann play Trebonius and Artemidorius and Octavius respectively; Gus Gress of Newbury Park plays Casca and Roman 3.

About the Director & Verse Coach

 

Joseph Fuqua – has been a professional actor for twenty years having graduated from the M.F.A. program at Yale School of Drama where he studied acting with Earle Gister. Fuqua recently appeared in Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol and Incognito at Rubicon. A graduate of the Yale School of Drama, his Broadway and Off-Broadway credits include Brighton Beach Memoirs and 110 in the Shade at Lincoln Center. Regionally, Joseph has appeared as Octavius Caesar in Antony and Cleopatra at Actors Theatre of Louisville, Alexei in A Month in the Country at Arena Stage, Iago in Othello for Shakespeare Festival of Dallas, Louis in Angels in America at Dallas Theatre Center, and Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks opposite Mary Jo Catlett at Ensemble Theatre. On television, Joseph guest starred in “The X-Files,” “The Profiler,” “Brooklyn South,” “The Pretender,” “Chicago Hope,” “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,” “Becker,” and the pilot “Second Nature.” Film credits include “Ed’s Next Move,” “David Searching,” “Heyday,” and J.E.B. Stuart in “Gettysburg” opposite Martin Sheen, a role he reprised in the film “Gods and Generals.” In 2000, Joseph joined Rubicon Theatre as the first company member. His roles with the company include the title role in Hamlet (Indy Award), The Boys Next Door(Indy Award), The Rainmaker (Robby Award and Rep Award), All My Sons (Ovation Award), Bruce Wagner in Conviction, Professor Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady, and Marshal Johnson in the American Premiere of The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance. He has taught middle school, high school and adult acting for the company since that time. Joseph is a member of the Screen Actors’ Guild, Actors’ Equity Association and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.

 

In reflection on why it is important to study Shakespeare, Joseph Fuqua insists that the most important part of studying any of the plays by Shakespeare is understanding the language. “This program is about the beauty of exalted language, which is a gateway to loving words.”

 

Louis Lotorto – was most recently seen at Rubicon as the fool in King Lear and as Ariel in the 2010 production of The Tempest. With an emphasis on Classical Theatre, he has worked professionally in regional theatre as an actor for over 30 years and has performed in 20 plays in the Shakespearean canon in theatres and festivals around the country including 2 years at the famed Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, 2 years with the prestigious Shakespeare Theatre in D.C.(garnering a Helen Hayes Award Nomination for his portrayal of Ariel in The Tempest.), 4 years with the Berkeley Shakespeare Festival, and 2 years at the V.I.T.A. Shakespeare Festival in Northern California. Louis has also toured for 4 years with his own company, Shakespeare In Action, bringing the Bard to elementary schools, high schools and colleges in the San Francisco Bay Area and teaching Shakespeare, text, acting and stage combat to hundreds of kids. He believes that if you can act Shakespeare well, it will make you a better actor overall. L.A. theatre credits include the Ahmanson Theatre in the Royal National Theatre touring production of An Enemy of the People with Sir Ian McKellen, The Odyssey Theatre Ensemble, six seasons with A Noise Within, and The Colony Theatre Company. Regional theatre credits Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Portland Center Stage, Artists Repertory Theatre, ACT (Seattle), San Jose Repertory Theatre, North Coast Repertory Theatre, Ensemble Theatre Company of Santa Barbara and South Coast Repertory Theatre, having recently appeared as Richard Burbage in Shakespeare In Love.

 

Tickets for Julius Caesar may be purchased in person through the Rubicon Theatre Box Office, located at 1006 E. Main Street (Laurel entrance). To charge by phone, call (805) 667-2900. Or visit Rubicon online at www.rubicontheatre.org.