The Michigan Shakespeare Festival Presents
Eve of Ides by David Blixt
- $30 General Admission
- $15 Student
- David Blixt, playwright
- John Seibert, Julius Caesar
- Robert Kauzlaric, Brutus
Concert Performance of the new play Eve of Ides by David Blixt (Michigan Shakespeare Festival Associate Artist)
The Michigan Shakespeare Festival continues it’s 20th Anniversary Season Artistic Associate Series with a concert performance of David Blixt’s new play Eve of Ides. History relates that the night before his assassination, Julius Caesar attended a feast. With him were Brutus, Cassius, and Mark Antony. During the meal, a question was posed – “What is the best way to die?” Caesar answered, 'What does it matter, so long as it's quick?' Based on history and the works of Shakespeare, Eve Of Ides imagines the intimate details of Brutus and Caesar’s relationship and explains the source of the ultimate betrayal between these friends and comrades. History was never so alive.
Hor d’oeuvres and wine/beer reception with the playwright to follow the reading.
Michigan native David Blixt's work is consistently described as intricate, taut, and breathtaking. A writer of Historical Fiction, his works span the early Roman Empire (the COLOSSUS book series, his play EVE OF IDES) to Renaissance Italy (the STAR-CROSS'D novels) up through the Elizabethan era (his delightful espionage comedy HER MAJESTY'S WILL, starring Will Shakespeare and Kit Marlowe as inept spies). An Artistic Associate of the Michigan Shakespeare Festival since 2000, his writing combines a love of the theatre with a deep respect for the quirks and passions of history. As Sharon Kay Penman said, "You’re about to hit the literary lottery. Yes, David is that good."
John is an Associate Artist with Performance Network where his most recent appearances include “The Men” in My Name Is Asher Lev, Fredrik in A Little Night Music (Wilde Award 2013, Best Actor/Musical) and Dr. Givings in In The Next Room/Vibrator Play (Wilde Award 2013, Best Actor/Comedy). Other credits include work with Williamston Theatre, The Purple Rose Theatre Company, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Meadow Brook Theatre and Actors Theatre of St. Paul among others. Film credits include Supersucker (with Jeff Daniels) and Kill The Irishman (with Val Kilmer). As a director, John staged Circle Mirror Transformation (Best Comedy- 2011 Wilde Awards) and Doubt (Wilde Award-Best Drama 2008) and has also directed for The Williamston Theatre, North Coast Repertory in San Diego, The Triangle Theatre (off-Broadway) and for Eastern Michigan University where he serves as a Lecturer in Communication, Media and Theatre Arts.
Robert has appeared in over fifty productions in the Chicago area, including work with Bailiwick Repertory, Black Sheep Productions, Circle Theatre, City Lit, A Crew of Patches, Dolphinback, Goodman Theatre, Greasy Joan & Co., the Hypocrites, the Illinois Shakespeare Festival, Lakeside Shakespeare Theatre, Lifeline Theatre, New American Theater, Oak Park Festival, Seanachaí, Stage Left, Strawdog Theatre, and Theatre at the Center. In addition to acting, Robert has directed several productions for the Michigan Shakespeare Festival, including Tartuffe, Love’s Labour’s Lost (2013 Best of the Bard Wilde Award) and She Stoops to Conquer.