Assistant Director Stephanie Ramsey sat down with each member of the cast to ask them about their characters and their experiences working on the show.
SR: Tell me about your role in Julius Caesar
SW: Well, I play Mark Antony, who, I guess you could say is Julius Caesar’s right-hand man and one of his best friends. Mark Antony truly loved him. I also play Lucius, who is Brutus’s servant, and Artemidorus, who is – well he’s definitely a citizen of Rome who loves Caesar greatly.
SR: How did you get involved in Britches and Hose?
SW: I saw – I guess it was a thing on Facebook – it was for auditions for the “Scottish Play.” And I had actually auditioned for another company that was doing the “Scottish Play” at the same time, and I didn’t get the role I really wanted, so I decided to turn it down. And I auditioned for Britches and Hose for the “Scottish Play,” and I was offered the role of Hecate, the queen of witches, and I really liked the idea of doing that – and I also did the gentlewoman and Siward at the end. So that’s how I got started with it. I knew Dan [Clark, technical director] and Leandra [Lynn, managing director] from working with them, not just inside a Shakespeare troupe – so I knew them and was familiar with them and thought, “if they’re involved, I’d like to be involved with Britches and Hose.”
SR: How has it been working on this production?
SW: Great, great – I love them all. They’re really talented and it feels like it’s cohesive. It feels like it’s a really tight knit group, so it’s really nice.
SR: Why should everyone come see Julius Caesar?
SW: It’s a very interesting concept – very simple costuming. Sort of… as I’ve told friends, it’s a skeletal cast. You know, you’re not going to see Julius Caesar done with just eight actors, so it’s very interesting, very different. So I think they’d enjoy it, I think they’d find it’s a really interesting concept.
SR: If you had to describe Julius Caesar in a word…?
SW: I guess tragic… just tragic. It’s so sad. Although it’s also different – it’s strange that it’s called Julius Caesar although Julius Caesar dies pretty early in the play! But yeah; tragic.