By William Shakespeare
Directed by Jeffrey Flood
June 14-29, 1999
"The fault, Dear Brutus, lies not in our stars,
but in ourselves"
For its first summer outing of 1999, HSC traveled to ancient Rome with a modern twist - a modern dress version of Julius Caesar. Directed by Jeffery Flood, who had previously worked as set designer on The Glass Menagerie, combined the trappings of a modern fascist state, with youthful arrogance as a key to civil war. Most cast members were depicted often younger than in most productions to accommodate this theme. One of the larger casts that HSC has ever worked with, the production took on a scope that we had not previously tried. Some notable features of this production was the extensively choreographed battle scenes, which used not Roman small swords but knives and guns to depict more of an urban war. The second interesting touch, furnished by the Jersey City Council of the Arts was performing the show in rather fitting place. Though, set in a modern time, the show obviously is immersed in Roman grandeur and sentiment. For its first Jersey City showing, HSC was allowed to use the facade of their city hall. An area steeped in Greco-Roman columns, with a rather dramatic corner statue of a seated "Victory" statue. Also, this production of Julius Caesar has the distinction of being the first live show to take place at the newly dedicated Pier A Park in Hoboken, NJ. See the accompanying article for this show and the summer season by clicking here.
Above, Cassius right, tries to sway a disenchanted Brutus (Stephen Alloi) that something must be done about Caesar.
Left, Caesar (Matt Hanley) takes Mark Antony into his confidence. Right, a worried Portia (Jessa Kelly) tries to speak with her preoccupied husband, Brutus
Above, the conspirators rejoice over the death of Caesar, as Brutus looks on at the mayhem. Below, Mark Antony swears revenge over the slain Caesar.
During the civil war that followes Caesar's assassination, Cassius is astonished as Brutus supercedes his orders and embarrases him in front of his men.
Brutus is visited by the ghost of the slain Caesar.
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