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Pigeon Creek Shakespeare to perform “Julius Caesar” at the Rose Theater August 26

Preview August 09, 2017 Encore Staff

TWIN LAKE—The Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company will perform Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar at the Rose, a reconstruction of an outdoor Elizabethan playhouse at the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, for one day only, August 26 at 2:00 p.m.

Pigeon Creek is the only professional company to present public performances in the Rose, which is primarily used by the campers who attend Blue Lake each summer. Pigeon Creek’s actors take over the Rose stage twice each summer, with all ticket proceeds going to benefit Blue Lake Public Radio, which is housed at the camp.

Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar is a dramatization of the events leading up to and following the assassination of Julius Caesar by a group of Roman senators who fear his potential to become a tyrant. Encouraged to join the conspiracy by his close friend Caius Cassius, Marcus Brutus is a reluctant assassin, who is troubled by guilt and torn between his loyalty to the Roman republic and his genuine affection for Caesar. After the assassination, Caesar’s ally Marc Antony joins with the young Octavius Caesar to battle the conspirators.

Pigeon Creek executive director Katherine Mayberry directs the production in the Rose. Actors’ Equity Association guest artist Dennis Henry, who has also directed several productions for Pigeon Creek, plays Brutus, joined by Scott Wright as Julius Caesar, Scott Lange as Cassius, and Brad Sytsma as Antony.

The Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp is located at 300 East Crystal Lake Road in Twin Lake. Tickets for Julius Caesar are $20 for adults, and $15 for students and groundlings, audience members who stand in the yard around the stage in authentic Elizabethan fashion. Tickets are available at www.bluelake.eventbrite.com.