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Black Box Theater’s Pandemic Players present The Tragedy of Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare

April 7, 2021

The Ohio State University at Newark Black Box Theater’s Pandemic Players will present a reader’s theater performance of The Tragedy of Julius Caesar. The performance will be recorded via Zoom and available for viewing on-demand beginning April 15 on YouTube.

A tragedy by William Shakespeare first performed in 1599, it is one of four plays written by Shakespeare based on true events from Roman history. Set in Rome in 44 BC, the play depicts the moral dilemma of Brutus as he joins a conspiracy led by Cassius to murder Caesar to prevent him from becoming dictator of Rome. Following Caesar's death, Rome is thrust into a period of civil war, and the republic the conspirators sought to preserve is lost forever.

The script is adapted for a reader’s theater and directed and edited by Ohio State Newark Senior Lecturer Edie L. Norlin with Philip Graham serving as dramaturg.

Starring in the production are Alexander Thomas (Brutus), PJ Gassman (Cassius), Zac Robison (Mark Antony) and Brad Lepper (Julius Caesar).
Visit for more information and to access the free link to the video on April 15. To join the notification list, email Norlin at

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