By Bonnie Goldberg

Take your family, a picnic supper and a blanket or lawn chairs and heigh thee over to Pinkney Park in Rowayton, at sunset, on a hill above the Five Mile River, and experience Shakespeare as if you were back in ancient Rome.  The glory, majesty and political struggle surrounding Julius Caesar, the great military master of the Roman world, will be laid out before you with pageantry and power.

Shakespeare on the Sound will once again be offering a tasty morsel of the Bard for your enjoyment and entertainment with “Julius Caesar” in Rowayton until Saturday, June 28 and at Roger Sherman Baldwin Park in Greenwich from Friday, July 4 to Sunday,July 13, weather permitting, all evenings at 7:30 p.m., except no performances on Mondays.

Caesar (Michael Rogers) returns to Rome flush with victory and even though Marc Antony (Marcus Naylor) offers him a crown three times, Caesar refuses it three times.  Unbeknownst to him, a group of senators led by Caius Cassius (Peter Bretz) is plotting his assassination, saying they fear Caesar is too powerful and will be treated as a deity by the people.  In reality, they are envious of Caesar and his influence.  Cassius manipulates Brutus (Kenneth Boys) to join their plot even though Brutus loves Caesar, but loves Rome more, and Cassius uses Brutus’s honor and patriotism against him.

Despite warnings by a soothsayer to beware the Ides of March and the nightmares of his wife Calpurnia (Gloria Biegler), Caesar goes to the Senate on March 15, 44 B. C., and is stabbed to death, uttering the phrase “Et, tu, Brutus” that condemns his great friend in his demise.

When Marc Antony, Caesar’s true friend, discovers the terrible conspiracy, he speaks over the noble body, while calling Brutus an honorable man, enflames the people to seek revenge.  He is persuaded to read Caesar’s will which reveals how much he cared for the people.  Battles at Phillipi ensue which seal the fate of the traitors.  Ezra Barnes directs this masterful drama on a stage created by Salvatore Tagliarino.

Shakespeare on the Sound offers free performances but donations of $20 for adults and $10 for students are gratefully accepted.  Call 203-299-1300 or online at wwww.shakespeareonthesound.org.

Experience Shakespeare the way it was performed four centuries ago and glory once again in the words of the eloquent and immortal Bard.

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