Opens at Brookdale July 8

LINCROFT, NJ - Brookdale’s Shakespeare Ensemble will present eight summer performances of William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, the spell-binding, supernatural tale of lust for power and its bloody repercussions. The shows, celebrating nine July seasons, will be held on the Great Lawn behind Larrison Hall, Lincroft main campus, 765 Newman Springs Road, on July 8, 9, 10, & 15, 16, 17 at 7:00 p.m. and July 11 & 18 at 6:00 p.m. All performances are free. Theatergoers are encouraged to bring blankets, lawn chairs and picnic baskets for the evening.

John Bukovec is directing the production which portrays the conspiracy against the Roman dictator Julius Caesar, his assassination and its aftermath. The psychological drama is the struggle Marcus Brutus faces between the conflicting demands of honor, patriotism and friendship.

The tragedy is one of several Roman plays Shakespeare wrote that were based on true historical events. The play reflects the general anxiety of England over succession of leadership as the aging Queen Elizabeth had refused to name a successor, leading to worries that following the death of the strong ruler, a similar civil war might break out.

Local cast members of Julius Caesar include:

Belmar: Chris Farfan

Brooklyn, NY: Rebecca Martinez

Colts Neck: Audra Mariel Taliercio

Cranbury: Bob Grill

Eatontown: Ian Geffken (McWylde)

Freehold: Dan Mazzeo

Howell: Mary C. Myers

Keansburg: Adam Pucci

Keyport: Dan Rezac

Leonardo: Zach Chrzan, Luke Nanney

Lincroft: Allison Kroeper

Long Branch: Christian Stasse

Middletown: Michael Meinberg, Nancy Viola

Millstone: Elizabeth Voss

Ocean Township: Adam Haratz, Debi McNerny, Ken Richlin, Paul Brahney

Ocean: John R. Kloby

Old Bridge: Samantha M. Hennin

Parlin: Russell Anonsen

Rumson: Sofie Schlidge

Parking is most convenient in lot 2. In the event of inclement weather, the Performing Arts Center is prepared to move the performance in-doors.

For more information, call the Box Office at 732-224-2411.