Two Plays, One Stage, Every Day, All Month
Seattle Shakespeare Company presents
rotating repertory of Chamber Julius Caesar
and West Coast Premiere of Swansong
SEATTLE – Seattle Chamber Julius Caesar and the West Coast Premiere of Swansong will share the Center House Theatre stage and split the week for a month-long theatrical event. Adapted and directed by Gregg Loughridge, Chamber Julius Caesar opens on Friday, January 4 (low-priced preview on January 3) and will run through January 27. Chamber Julius Caesar is ’s dazzling political thriller that explores the complexities of power as one man’s death causes a community to descend into violence and instability. Company’s stage will be well-used as the company will present two plays in rotating repertory seven days a week during January.
Swansong, written by Northwest native and Broadway star Patrick Page, will be directed by Artistic Director Stephanie Shine and will open Tuesday, January 8 and run through Wednesday, January 23. Swansong is the comic and remarkable story of the friendship and rivalry between two towering artists in their prime: and poet/playwright . (Please see attached calendar for complete performance schedule)
Support for Chamber Julius Caesar and Swansong is provided by 4 Culture, ArtsFund, the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, TPS, , and 94.9 KUOW.
The idea to present Chamber Julius Caesar and Swansong in rotating repertory and in counterpoint to one another was conceived by Artistic Director Stephanie Shine when she heard a reading of Swansong for the first time at the home of friend and actor David Pichette. “I knew I wanted our audiences to be a part of this play. But how?” says Shine. “Because of our shared theatre situation, there was no room within the calendar year to expand our four play season, unless we worked on what are our traditionally off nights. And that’s when the idea arrived. We could, with two separate casts, perform two plays in rotating rep 7 days a week.” Chamber Julius Caesar will perform for the public Thursday through (the company’s traditional performance schedule) and Swansong will perform at through Wednesday. Swansong will also have general admission $20 tickets for the run.
Director Gregg Loughridge takes a unique approach to Chamber Julius Caesar. “ ” won’t be the of togas and sandals, but more akin to a cross between a martial arts dojo and a utopian/spiritual community. Within this republic of a new kind of leader has emerged, but his charisma and compassion threatens the rigid discipline of the old order. Under the rallying cry of “freedom” and “the common good,” two factions vie for the attention of the citizenry. As the community’s spiritual/religious practices of and swordplay blend with the political machinations, trouble ensues and the spiritual practices spin out of control and into war. In the aftermath, one man struggles with his choices and must figure out how to save the republic from crumbling into dictatorship.
The cast of Chamber Julius Caesar features Peter A. Jacobs (Julius Caesar), David Quicksall (Brutus), Hana Lass (Cassius), Brandon Simmons (Casca/Chorus), David S. Hogan (Antony), Kelly Kitchens (Portia), Gordon Carpenter (Cinna/Messela), Kate Witt (Calpurnia/Octavius), Gavin McLean (ensemble), Jessica Hatlo (ensemble).
In Swansong, the Bard of Avon has been dead for seven years and the public has all but forgotten him. On orders from King James, poet must compose a poem introducing the first collection (First Folio) of his friend’s great plays while wrestling with feelings of guilt, envy, and the fear that history will forget his own work. Swansong is a story of love, loss, and regeneration that allows us to imagine one of the most extraordinary friendships of all time. Swansong was nominated by the American Critics Association for Best New Play.
Swansong playwright Patrick Page was born in As a young child, he watched his father perform at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in , and the theatre bug took hold. Patricks Broadway acting credits include Scar in and three years as Lumiere in . Other Broadway credits include Decius Brutus in Julius Caesar (starring ), Scrooge in (standby for ) and multiple roles in The Kentucky Cycle. He has appeared at The Shakespeare Theatre Company in ; Long Wharf; Pioneer Theatre Company, The Utah Shakespeare Festival, The Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Arizona Theatre Company, ACT, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Missouri Repertory Theatre, and Cincinnati Playhouse, among many others. Patrick is married to actress and former host Paige Davis. and raised primarily in .
The cast of Swansong features Tim Gouran (Will ), Brandon Whitehead ( ), and Ian Bell (John Heminges).
To purchase tickets to Chamber Julius Caesar and/or Swansong, call the Seattle Shakespeare Company box office www.seattleshakespeare.org. Regular box office hours are Tuesday through . During performance weeks, in addition to regular hours, the box office opens one hour prior to curtain. Seattle Shakespeare Company performs at the Center House Theatre at Seattle Center . or go online at