JULIUS CAESAR

SHAKESPEARE

PAPER PROJECT

(UNIVERSITY THEATER)

Working with director Ethan Heard, this class project imagines Shakespeare's great play of politics and intrigue in the context of the American political campaigns of 2012. We set the play in an anonymous hotel conference room of the type found in cities all over the United States. Using the furniture native to these spaces and two accordion walls, we created all the spaces of the play. The centerpieces of the play - the murder of Caesar and the funeral orations of Brutus and Antony - were imagined as media events broadcast live on screens and to the citizens across the country via phones and iPads. During the riots following Antony's funeral oration, as the society is brought to near ruin through civil war, the set pulls back from the proscenium, revealing the theater house walls around it. As Act IV and Act V progress, the set falls into greater ruin and disarray.