An American Coup D’Etat.
Our American republic has weathered political strife, assassinations, even a civil war.
But what if the conspiracy comes from the top?
It happened in Rome on March 15th 44 BCE, and the most powerful country on earth, a republic that had endured for more than four hundred years, slipped into the waiting arms of empire.
Are we really so different? Could it happen here? What better way to grapple with these questions than through the lens of the most notorious political killing in history and through the words of the greatest writer in history?
We’ve taken Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar and Antony and Cleopatra to the chop shop, stripped them down, and rebuilt them from the ground up as a modern American political thriller, tossing in a few spare parts from Coriolanus and Titus Andronicus along the way.
It’s his language.
It’s our story.
TIFFANY MORGAN BAKER (Cleopatra) - Tiffany is thrilled to be joining Guerrilla Shakespeare onstage for the first time! Recent theater credits include a staged reading of "Ether Dome" for Hartford Stage and "Until Next Time" for the NY Clown Theatre Festival. She is a recent graduate of NYU's Grad Acting program, favorite roles there include Varya in "The Cherry Orchard," the Porter in "Macbeth," and Lucrece in "The Liar." She was a founding member and financial officer of the Bushwick Shakepeare Repertory, where she played Romeo in "Romeo and Juliet," and Celia in "As You Like It."
JORDAN KAPLAN (Octavius) - With GSP: King John, Taming of the Shrew, Measure for Measure and Two Noble Kinsmen. Jordan has performed with many New York City companies including Prospect Theater Company, Red Fern Theatre Company, Astoria Performing Arts Center, and the Hunger and Thirst Theatre Collective (where he is an Associate Artist). Regional: American Conservatory Theater, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Tennessee Shakespeare Company, Trinity Repertory Company, Stanford Summer Theater. Proud graduate of Stanford University and Brown/Trinity Rep. He would like to thank his friends and family for their unyielding support.
MADELEINE MABY (Portia) - Madeleine is thrilled to be working with Guerrilla Shakespeare again. Favorite shows include; Weekend at an English Country Estate, The Girl in the Flammable Skirt and Alice in Wonderland with The Ateh Theater Group, 39 Steps and Witness For the Prosecution with The Barnstormers Theatre in New Hampshire, The Importance of Being Earnest with Counting Squares, Bloody Mary with Third Man Productions and Taming of the Shrew and The Tragedy of Arthur with the Guerrilla Shakespeare Project.
JORDAN REEVES (Antony) - Jordan is a New York based actor, director and fight choreographer. He is also the Artistic Director and a proud founding member of the Guerrilla Shakespeare Project. He has directed productions all over the country, from Maine to Florida, including Arthur Phillips' critically acclaimed new work The Tragedy of Arthur here in New York, for which he was nominated for an 'Outstanding Director' IT Award. Some of his favorite acting roles with Guerrilla include: Petruchio in Taming of the Shrew, Richard in Richard III, The Duke in Measure for Measure, and Valentine in Two Gentlemen of Verona. Regional Credits include: Trinity Repertory Company (Cyrano, Romeo and Juliet) Orlando Shakespeare Festival (Oedipus @ the Crossroads, Jack and the Beanstalk) New American Theatre (Three Musketeers, Arsenic and Old Lace) Deertrees Theater (LUV, Two for the Seesaw) and Weston Playhouse (To Kill A Mockingbird). Jordan holds an MFA in Acting from Brown University / Trinity Rep.
JACQUES ROY (Cassius) - Jacques is a founding member and Producing Director of Guerrilla Shakespeare. With the GSP: The Tragedy of Arthur, Julius Caesar, Measure for Measure, Two Noble Kinsmen, King John and Taming of the Shrew. Other New York credits: From the Same Cloth (Fault Line Theatre); Weekend at an English Country Estate (ATEH Theater Group); A Great Place to be From (Babel Theatre Project); The Importance of Being Earnest (Counting Squares). Regional: Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Trinity Repertory Company, Heart of America Shakespeare Festival, American Players Theatre, and the Great River Shakespeare Festival. Film/TV: All My Children, The Louisiana Conversation and Stake Land. Training: BA from Macalester College and an MFA from Brown University / Trinity Rep.
TOM SCHWANS (Brutus) - Tom is the Executive Director and a founding member of GSP. Tom grew up in the Black Hills of South Dakota and has acted and directed for theatres across the country. Tom received his Bachelor's degree from The Minnesota State University Moorhead and his MFA from Brown University/Trinity Rep. For six years, he served as The Associate Artistic Director and Director of Education for The Old Creamery Theatre Company. He also served as the Artistic Director to the Deertrees Theatre Festival in Maine. His teaching credits Qunnipiac University, Fairfield University, Southern Connecticut State University, Brown University, and several private clients in NYC. Favorite GSP roles include Brutus in Julius Caesar (Original GSP Production), The Bastard in King John, Lucio in Measure for Measure and Hortensio in Taming of the Shrew. Regional Acting & Directing Credits include: Trinity Repertory Theatre, Old Creamery Theatre, Black Hills Playhouse, Deertrees Theatre & Fairfield University.
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