Julius Caesar at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival is an absolutely brilliant production.
Shakespeare's words come to life through vivid portrayals of the characters by the whole cast. It's a play about how absolute power corrupts. Caesar is an overly ambitious leader and wants to be adored, he thinks that he alone can rule Rome.
His controversial leadership puts the whole society of Rome in jeopardy. Caesar makes many enemies, whom he thinks are his friends. Even when he is warned "Beware the Ides of March" he will not heed the warning because he thinks he is invincible.
These intense issues in Shakespeare's play are very relevant in our modern world.
The success of the show is due to the unique vision of director Shana Cooper
who's lively and bold interpretation of Shakespeare words have the whole audience on the edge of their seats. Shana and choreographer Erika Chong Shuch
have created beautifully stylized and striking battle scenes full of intense modern dance movements, this is a very original way of interpreting how gruesome battle is.
This is a must see play and one of the best productions we have seen at OSF.