June 13, 2014, Langley BC: This summer, Bard in the Valley is celebrating its fifth season by staging one of Shakespeare’s great tragedies. Julius Caesar opens on Canada Day in Fort Langley and closes on August 3 on the Spirit Square Stage in Douglas Park.
Produced by Diane Gendron and directed by Darcy J. Knopp, the same duo who staged last year’s successful production of The Comedy of Errors, this production takes a gritty look at honour, patriotism, friendship and an empire on the road to ruin.
“Julius Caesar will roar to life on three outdoor stages in Langley. The play, written by William Shakespeare more than 400 years ago, is about a political event that took place 1600 years before that, and yet everything about it is still relevant around the world today. A regime is toppled, a realm thrown into chaos and life for the people does not improve. Sounds all too familiar,“ commented producer, Diane Gendron. “Our production is edgy, action-packed and filled with intrigue and betrayal.”
Director, Darcy J. Knopp said, “The once proud Coliseum is now a collection of broken arches and missing stones. Waves of fear and anger from Rome’s desperate citizens have cost its empire dearly and darker days are on the horizon. Bard in the Valley’s Julius Caesar is a historical tragedy told in the fashion of a modern graphic novel.”
Audiences will recognize some of the most famous lines in the English language: “Et, tu, Brute?” “it was Greek to me” “Beware the ides of March” and “Friends, Romans, Countrymen, lend me your ears.”
The audience is invited to come early and bring a blanket, lawn chairs and a picnic. Theatre snacks will be sold onsite.
Tuesday, July 1, at 3 p.m. on the lawn in front of Fort Langley’s historic community hall during the Canada Day Celebrations. Admission is free.
July 11, 12, 18 & 19 & 20 at the Township 7 Winery in Langley. Tickets are $20. Reserve at http://club7.township7.com/store Evening performances begin at 7 p.m. and the Sunday matinee is at 2 p.m.
July 24, 25, 26, 27, 31 and August 1, 2 & 3, on the outdoor Spirit Square Stage in Douglas Park in Langley City. Admission is free. Evening performances begin at 7 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.
“Bard in the Valley is able to continue to bring this exciting summer theatre to Langley because of the wonderful support from the community and the 60 talented and dedicated cast, crew and production team who volunteer their time and energy for the season, because we want to give something worthwhile back to the community,” said producer, Diane Gendron.
The production is made possible with the support of the City of Langley, The Township of Langley, The Rotary Club of Langley, The Langley Times, 93.7 JRfm, Tourism Langley, Coast Capital Savings, Waterstone Law Group, 24/7 Security, Township 7 Winery, Deloitte, MediaLink Graphic Design, Jim See Trucking, Staples and Benjamin Moore – the Langley Decorating Centre.
For more Information about The Bard in the Valley Theatre Company please visit www.bardinthevalley.com.
Admission is free to nine of the fourteen shows. Donations will be welcome to help cover production costs. Tickets to attend the performances at the Township 7 Winery are $20 and can be reserved at http://club7.township7.com/store.
See below for the summary and cast list. The cast members’ home town is noted in case the newspapers outside of Langley want to feature their local talent. Please contact Diane Gendron for contact information for the cast.
Caesar returns to Rome after victory over Pompey the Great, but not all Rome is willing to heap honours on the Great General. Caesar is assassinated by a group of conspirators and the republic is plunged into civil war.
Dayna Thomas – Portia (Langley)
Dylan Coulter – Brutus (Langley)
Elyse Maloway – Cassius (Cloverdale)
Josh Tompke – Trebonius (Chilliwack)
Kailea De Leon – Cimber (Langley)
Katherine Skittrell – Lucia (Chilliwack)
Luke Stevens – Casca (Chilliwack)
Mandy Dyck – Decius (Chilliwack)
Tarrah Tanaka – Cinna (Langley)
Joseph Balint – Julius Caesar (Vancouver)
Kirstin Stewart – Calpurnia (Langley)
Lauren Trotzuk – Agrippa (Langley)
Lionel Rust – Lepidus (Surrey)
Madison McArthur – Mark Antony (Abbotsford)
Michael Sousa – Octavius (Langley)
Lauren Trotzuk – Cobbler
Michael Sousa – Soothsayer
Shawn McGrory – Cinna the Poet (Langley)
Dayna Thomas – Citizen #1
Kirstin Stewart – Citizen #2
Katherine Skittrell – Citizen #3
Kailea De Leon – Citizen #4
Josh Tompke – Citizen #5
Lionel Rust – Citizen #6
Producer – Diane Gendron – 604-534-4242