Episode 514. Streamlining ‘Julius Caesar’

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Chicago’s Writers Theatre opened its first full season in its award-winning new performance space with a glorious and timely production of Julius Caesar. Actor, co-director, and adaptor Scott Parkinson (left) discusses the process of streamlining this classic by focusing on its dual protagonists, finding echoes in the current political moment, augmenting the language, losing extraneous characters, avoiding extra-textual issues, and the importance of global representation and adding to the conversation. (Length 18:31)