Caesar Interview #7: Julius Caesar

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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.

Today we close out our interview series with the spectacular Bob Rosenberg, who plays the man himself: Julius Caesar.

bob's headshotSR: Tell me about your role in Julius Caesar.

BR: Well, I play a character – I never can remember the name – but I think he’s called Julius Caesar! Which is very strange, if you think about this play, because Julius Caesar doesn’t even make it halfway through Julius Caesar before he’s knocked off. But it’s still a fun role to play – and then you can hear what people say about you after you’re dead

SR: How did you get involved in Britches and Hose?

BR: Well I knew Leandra [Lynn, managing director] and some other people. The first thing I did with them was I played Polonius in Hamlet. And I think I had seen a couple things they’d done before hand, so I knew the group.

SR: How has it been working on this production?

BR: Oh, it’s always fun. It’s a blast. The gender-neutral thing is different –never had experienced that before I did the play with them. It seems – you would think it would seem really strange – but once you’re into it, you don’t really notice that I’m being attacked by all women.

SR: Why should everyone come see Julius Caesar?

BR: Well for one thing they’ve probably never seen a gender-neutral production before this. And for as popular a play as this is – practically everybody I think has read it in high school – You don’t see that many productions of it around, surprisingly. I haven’t noticed that, anyway. So I think it’s a really good chance to see one of his better plays, and people should come and see it.

SR: If you had to describe Julius Caesar in a word…?

BR: This production… I don’t know – like I said: unusual. It’s going to be very bare bones, which might come as a surprise to a lot of people, but it is kind of like the way Shakespeare would do it. He didn’t use much in the way of props or sets. So I think it’s authentic in that sense.

SR: And how would you describe Julius Caesar the man?

Julius Caesar himself is the kind of much-different-than-me character I like to play. He’s very pompous, and arrogant, and confidant. So, I’m not all of those things all the time. And he’s superstitious, but he’s a realist too because he knows that he’s at the point where somebody’s going to want to knock him off – and it happens. So, yeah – good role!

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