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1999-2000 Season

Julius Caesar

by William Shakespeare

Performances: July 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, and 15 at 7:00pm, and matinees at 2:00pm on July 9 and 15

Venue: UW Ethnic Cultural Theater in Seattle, a 185-seat theater on the edge of the UW campus. 3931 Brooklyn Ave. NE, Seattle. Great karma, great space.

Tickets: Call today to reserve your seats! 425-746-6604. Suggested donation $10.

Directed by: Rachel Rutherford

WHAT'S THE PLAY ABOUT?

Romans in 44BC had vivid memories of bad kings and were fiercely protective of their new republic. When Julius Caesar, Rome's great, wise, and humanitarian general and leader, suddenly kills another leader, Pompey, Caesar becomes the sole surviving member of the ruling triumvirate. The citizens get spooked - this looks like Caesar's opening bid for absolute power.

Brutus, Cassius, and several other members of the Forum decide to stop Caesar rather than risk the monster he might become... but they do so without reckoning on the fiery abilities of Caesar's friend Marc Anthony, or the unforeseen consequences that follow.

NOT YOUR ORDINARY CAESAR

In the hands of Next Step Theater, this story is shown in a fresh light, featuring a nontraditional cast that includes women in the parts of Brutus, Cassius, and the conspirators; an unforgettable Caesar at his prime; a thoughtful and formidable Antony; a radiant Octavius; a spare and illustrative set; and live percussion and guitar. Shakespeare fans will enjoy the unusual treatment of this story, which remains faithful to the text. Shakespeare newcomers will find this an exceptionally accessible introduction to the classic tale of fiercely intimate relationships.

This is a Caesar you'll never see again. Come enjoy the show. Come again, and bring friends.

Get Involved: Interested in being a part of this show? We can still use you! Do anything from tech work to ushering. Learn something new or share your existing talents, but come join this group for this or other exciting shows! Do you want to go on this journey?

Emma's Child

by Kristine Thatcher

Performances: January 14, 15, 16 and 20, 21, 22, 2000

Venue: Studio East (Kirkland)

Directed by: Lisa Phelps Dawes

A baby boomer couple who have tried unsucessfully for years to get pregnant finally decide to adopt. A birth mother is found, but joy gives way to shock and gried when the boy is born with a severe, life-threatening defect. Despite his condition, Jean, the adoptive mother, falls in love with baby Robin. Her unwavering committment to the child threatens to tear her marriage apart. In the end, the baby's vibrant life brings every character closer to a greater understanding of themselves and the nature of love.

" . . . Emma's Child couldn't have wider appeal. Anybody who has ever had a child, thought about children or seen a child will connect to this script. . . . Beautifully written, Kristine Thatcher's story cuts any inkling of sentimentality with tonic humor." -- Denver Sidewalk

 




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