Andrew Borba has been waiting 15 years to direct “Julius Caesar.” His dream will become a reality when the Shakespeare classic comes to the PlayMakers Repertory Company from March 4 through March 22.
Tia James, an actress who is in her second year with the company and playing Mark Antony in the production, said one of the first themes to come up will be power, but she added it won’t stop there.
“I think the exciting part about our production, and I think the exciting thing about Shakespeare, is that he's talking about the human experience,” James said. “And the human experience is so complicated and versatile and so dynamic, there's going to be so many things that people are taking away.”
The show’s debut is only a part of a long list of firsts for the upcoming production. Actors Lisa Wolpe, who will play Cassius, and C. David Johnson, who will play Julius Caesar, are also making their PlayMakers debuts along with director Andrew Borba.
Besides the lessons of the play, the cast also hopes audiences see a version of Shakespeare they have never seen before. For Johnson, that means one of the most diverse casts he’s ever worked with.