Caesar's Blood

It is late November 1864. The Civil War is still raging, and President Abraham Lincoln has just been re-elected. At New York's Winter Garden Theatre, the elite of Manhattan have gathered to watch a one-evening-only benefit performance of "Julius Caesar" starring the three most celebrated actors in America, the iconic Booth brothers -- Edwin, Junius Brutus and John Wilkes. Until this evening,...
It is late November 1864. The Civil War is still raging, and President Abraham Lincoln has just been re-elected. At New York's Winter Garden Theatre, the elite of Manhattan have gathered to watch a one-evening-only benefit performance of "Julius Caesar" starring the three most celebrated actors in America, the iconic Booth brothers -- Edwin, Junius Brutus and John Wilkes. Until this evening, the Booths, all greatly admired by the theater-loving President, had never appeared together on the same stage. John, heralded in the tabloids as "the handsomest man in America" is a fervent believer in the Confederate cause, and had already been arrested for his seditious comments about the President and the North. His older brothers Edwin and Junius Brutus, meanwhile, are ardent supporters of Lincoln and the Union. Both before and after the performance of Shakespeare's bloody tragedy, the three brothers spar about politics, theater and the roots of their heated sibling rivalry. The brothers' drama is heightened by the appearance on scene of their mother Mary Ann (whose favorite was always "Johnny") and Benjamin Waters, Edwin's dresser and a former slave, now a free man. A play based, as the saying goes, on true events.
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Caesar's Blood

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  • Lolly Ward:
    7 May. 2017
    Rich Rubin captures the era with his evocative language and finely tuned backstage look at the Booth brothers. The script feels even more timely now with American politics at a fever pitch.

Development History

  • Reading
    ,
    Jewish Ensemble Theatre (West Bloomfield, MI)
    ,
    2016
  • Reading
    ,
    Post5 Theatre (Portland, OR)
    ,
    2015
  • Workshop
    ,
    Actors Theatre of Charlotte
    ,
    2015
  • Workshop
    ,
    Utah Shakespeare Festival
    ,
    2015
  • Reading
    ,
    Aston Rep Theatre Company/Den Theatre (Chicago)
    ,
    2014
  • Reading
    ,
    Long Beach Playhouse
    ,
    2014

Production History

  • Professional
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    Panglossian Productions (Wiliamsburg, VA)
    ,
    2018
  • Professional
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    Adobe Theatre (Albuquerque, NM)
    ,
    2016

Awards

Finalist
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Jewish Ensemble Theatre New Play Festival
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2016
Finalist
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Theatre Conspiracy
,
2016
Finalist
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First Flight New Play Festival
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Boomerang Theatre Company (New York)
,
2015
Nominated, L. Arnold Weissberger Award
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Williamstown Theatre Festival
,
2015
Finalist
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New American Play Project
,
Utah Shakespeare Festival
,
2014
Finalist
,
Julie Harris Playwright Award
,
2014
Finalist
,
Burbage Prize (UK)
,
2014
Finalist
,
Ashland New Play Festival
,
2014
Finalist
,
American Actors UK New Play Festival (London)
,
2014
Winner
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Long Beach Playhouse New Works Festival
,
2014
Finalist
,
nuVoices Festival
,
Actors Theatre of Charlotte
,
2014
Finalist
,
2017 Oregon Book Award