Thursday, February 12, 2015
Power & Freedom in the Digital Age
UFV Theatre’s Julius Caesar takes a Futuristic Twist
Released by UFV Theatre
FV Theatre’s contemporary adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, playing March 4 to 15, imagines a future in which history repeats itself. What if the events surrounding the assassination of Julius Caesar were to occur in the digital age? Are there forces already be in motion that could make such an event possible? “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”
“I began by imagining the rise of a powerful military figure in the not-too-distant future,” director Bruce Kirkley explains. “A general whose ability to vanquish global terrorism makes her a political superstar in the eyes of the masses. What if a powerful elite decided to seize upon this enormous popular support to crown Caesar Emperor of the Western World? And what if those who feared Caesar’s growing power chose to take action to defend the democratic republic?”
It’s a fiction, of course, but by casting the events in a more contemporary framework, Kirkley hopes to shed some light on the historical context that led honourable Romans like Marcus Brutus and Caius Cassius to rise up in opposition to Caesar’s power. Giving the play a contemporary setting also invites us to consider the balance between democracy and security. How much political and personal freedom are we prepared to sacrifice in the pursuit of global security?
As Julius Caesar
(played by Mandy Dyck) rises in power, the ambitious Marc Antony
(Liam Archer) seeks to crown her as Emperor. Sensing a threat to the
democratic powers of the Senate, Caius Cassius (Dylan Coulter) plots
with Marcus Brutus (Geneva Perkins) to assassinate Caesar. Their
conspiracy culminates in one of history’s most climactic turning
points, as Caesar falls and the world plunges into chaos and war.
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