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Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar ‘recklessly sliced’

into a one-man one-hour epic!

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Rogue Stage Presents: Tales from the Orlando Fringe

Friday, May 17, 2019

7:30 P.M.

Breakneck Julius Caesar

(followed by Martin Dockery's You Belong Here)

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Adapted and Performed by Timothy Mooney

“It's the greatest thing since sliced Caesar!”

Tim Mooney cuts away two hours of asides, diversions and blind alleys, stripping away just the right number of extraneous “trees” to reveal the essential “forest” of Shakespeare’s great historical tragedy in this one-man one-hour romp.

Mooney bridges Shakespeare's original language with ongoing narration and wise-guy commentary that keeps the audience in the story with just enough background to understand how this play must have looked to Elizabethan eyes.

At a single taut hour, Breakneck Julius Caesar serves up one of Shakespeare's greatest speeches, the world's most famous assassination, and even a surprise ending! No matter how many times you’ve seen the play before, you probably won’t see it coming!


Reviews

"Electrifying edutainment... Mooney attacks Shakespeare’s work, from historical backstory through the bloody final act, with a wild-eyed energy… his elocution is so well-enunciated that it illuminates the archaic language for the modern ear.”

– Seth Kubersky, Orlando Weekly

“Mooney is like mixing your Shakespearean Sparknotes with a triple shot of espresso... His depth of knowledge makes him the perfect guide for this Elizabethan journey, which is enjoyable for ‘literary dorks’ and ‘Shakespeare-virgins’ alike.”

– Lania Berger, Orlando Sentinel


About the Adaptation

I didn’t quite set out to turn Julius Caesar on its head. I’ve been performing ‘Friends, Romans, Countrymen’ for about ten years, and it’s always been an astonishing speech. I wanted to go back and figure out how Shakespeare gets us to that point, and how (and why) he keeps going. The more that I looked at it, the more I began to realize that the ending of the play, as we are used to seeing it, is simply wrong! I’m keeping Shakespeare’s language entirely intact (except for the bridging narrative and the cuts), and this ‘new interpretation’ lives purely in the inflection of a specific speech at the end.

I put up a lot of resistance to this ‘new ending!’ People are used to seeing Julius Caesar with a very particular interpretation! Any time the movies cast Hollywood heavyweights like James Mason and Jason Robards (as Brutus), there’s a certain gravity and sobriety that surrounds that interpretation. But, over the course of reading and seeing this play some half-dozen times, I’ve always felt something missing, and this new leap into the unknown seemed to be the only way that this work hangs together as a piece.


Bio

Timothy Mooney, author of the new acting textbook, Acting at the Speed of Life; Conquering Theatrical Style, and The Big Book of Molière Monologues, has given over a hundred thousand students their first introduction to Molière through his one-man play, Molière Than Thou. Mr. Mooney is the former founder and editor of The Script Review and was the Artistic Director of Chicago's Stage Two Theatre, where he produced nearly fifty plays in five years. While most of Stage Two's plays were original works, when they turned to the classics, Mr. Mooney found himself taking on the hilarious world of Molière, eventually writing seventeen hilarious rhymed variations of Molière's plays with an impish sense of rhyme (most published by Playscripts, Inc.). These plays have been produced and celebrated around the world, with High School productions of Mooney's The Misanthrope, The Miser, The Imaginary Invalid, and Tartuffe going on to state finals in Massachusetts, Texas, Wisconsin, Virginia, North Carolina and Alabama, while his Doctor in Spite of Himself, took third place in the Scottish Community Drama Association National Festival, and was a finalist at Italy's Sanremo Global Education Festival. Tim, now operating at the not-for-profit “Timothy Mooney Repertory Theatre,” continues to present Molière across North America, along with Lot o' Shakespeare (featuring one monologue from every Shakespeare play), The Greatest Speech of All Time (actual historical speeches from Socrates to Martin Luther King), Shakespeare’s Histories; Ten Epic Plays at a Breakneck Pace! (also a book!), Breakneck Hamlet, and now, Breakneck Julius Caesar! Tim also teaches classical performance and occasionally performs his one-man sci-fi thriller, Criteria!


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Timothy Mooney in "Breakneck Julius Caesar"
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Timothy Mooney in "Breakneck Julius Caesar"
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Timothy Mooney in "Breakneck Julius Caesar"
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Timothy Mooney in "Breakneck Julius Caesar"
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Timothy Mooney in "Breakneck Julius Caesar"
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Timothy Mooney in "Breakneck Julius Caesar"
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