SUMMER 2018
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THE PROJECT
A part of the Connect with Shakespeare series, Juno's Swans utilizes an all-female ensemble to explore Shakespeare’s characters and text through the feminine experience and outlook.

Juno's Swans performances and readings are complemented with a discussion with the artists and actors about the approach and gender perspectives of the play.


THE PLAY
Julius Caesar has returned to Rome in triumph after a victory in Spain over Caesar's old enemy, Pompey the Great. A spontaneous celebration has erupted but Caesar is warned by a soothsayer to "beware the ides of March," but ignores the warning. Cassius and Brutus fear that Caesar has ambitions to become king, despite hearing he has turned down a crown when offered to him by the people.

Cassius meets with Casca and Cinna and they agree to win Brutus over to their cause: the elimination of Caesar. Brutus is reflecting upon the dangers of Caesar becoming King when they approach him, and is swayed to join them in assassinating Caesar. Brutus is reluctant to reveal the plan to his wife, Portia, but yields to her persuasion. The Ides of March arrives and Caesar, already alerted by the soothsayer, is met with further forewarning by his wife Calphurnia, who encountered dreams and omens of his death. Caesar ignores her advice and visits the Senate. There he is stabbed to death by Brutus, Cassius, and the rest of the senators.

Mark Antony, Caesar's closest friend, asks to accompany Caesar's body and speak at the funeral. Brutus agrees, but first delivers an oratory that explains the reasoning for the assassination that wins the crowd. Antony speaks and, through masterful use of irony, stirs the crowd to call for the blood Brutus, Cassius and the rest of the conspirators. Antony then recruits Caesar's nephew, Octavius, to take control of Rome from the conspirators by force. They exterminate many of the conspirators, as well as other potential enemies. Brutus and Cassius form an army against them. Brutus is initially successful against Octavius' forces, but Cassius receives a report that Brutus has been defeated and takes his own life. Leaderless, Cassius' troupe is defeated. Now faced with both Antony's and Octavius' armies, Brutus' army is defeated. Brutus falls on his sword rather than being taken captive and is lamented by Antony as the noblest Roman of them all.


THE PLAYERS
Director of Education and Juno's Swans Creator, Sarah Carlson-Brown, directs an all-female ensemble. Auditions for Nebraska Shakespeare's 2018 season will be held in January and February.