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JULIUS CAESAR September 21 - November 17, 2012



Press Release











Julius Caesar at The New American TheatreJULIUS CAESAR
Shakespeare's Political Thriller

directed by JACK STEHLIN

About Julius Caesar
Shakespeare's Julius Caesar tells the tale of the murder plot against the Roman Empire's most popular ruler, his cold-blooded assassination by his trusted friends and known enemies, and the chaos that follows.  

Starring (in alphabetical order)
Joe Bays, Brendan Brandt, Alex Monti Fox,  Tom Groenwald, Tim Halligan, Kimberly Jurgen, Jordan Lund,
Chelsea Povall, Jobeth Prince,  Jade Sealey, Scott Sheldon, Jack Stehlin,  Patrick Vest
, and Vanessa Waters.

The New American Theatre at the McCadden Place Theatre:
1157 N. McCadden Place Los Angeles, CA 90038

Julius Caesar

Stehlin (who also directs) renders a superb performance, investing the character with equal parts cunning, glacial detachment and simple human fragility. Equally commanding are Groenwald's voluble, emotionally intense Cassius and Scott Sheldon's dignified and loyal Marc Antony. This is a lean, well managed production with the rest of the large cast turning in good performances in multiple roles."

Lovell Estell III - LA Weekly

"Stehlin's gender-bending, bracingly contemporary staging sets a high-water mark
for cogency, bristling with the rich emotional subtexts that render
Shakespeare’s text all the more accessible. "

F. Kathleen Foley- Los Angeles Times

"Here, a chamber version captures the story’s expanse while feeling immediate, near,
and unfortunately
modern. Add in the casting of women in traditionally male roles,
modern-day business attire, and non-declamatory performances, and the production plays like an Aaron Sorkin series."

Dany Margolies -

"I think I can promise that there is a revelation waiting for you
down at The New American Theatre"
Madeleine Shaner, Park Labrea News/Beverly Press

"at The New American Theatre, [Jack] Stehlin’s production would be my choice for someone
who wants to see Shakespeare."
- Don Shirley, LA Stage Times


Watch the Julius Caesar photo video with original music by Roger Bellon

Julius Caesar New American Theatre from New American Theatre on Vimeo.



JOE BAYS Trbonius, Plebian, Cobbler, Citizen, Lepidus, Titinnius, Clitus
With The New American Theatre: Shadows, Getting Out, Gibberish, The Noble Sons of Popeye, Twelfth Night, The Adding Machine, The CircleOther theatrical credits include work at the Pittsburgh Public Theatre, Virginia Shakespeare Festival, and numerous plays Off-Off Broadway.  Film and TV credits include “That Championship Season”, “3 rd Rock From the Sun”, “Even Stevens”, “Without a Trace”, “CSI”, “Office Space”, “Space Jam”, “Indecent Proposal”, “Shopgirl”, “Spiderman – 3”, recurring roles on “Mike Hammer” and “The Middle”.  As a playwright: Last Fling,The Artist and the Widow, The Market, A Haunting Confession.  Love & Sex Over Dinner and Drinks (writer/director), Lunch-o-lution (director). 


Brendan BrandtBRENDAN BRANDT Antony's Servant, Plebian, Citizen, Carpenter, Octavius
A NAT/Circus member for just under 5 years, previous work with NAT includes Macbeth, Getting Out, Tennessee Williams' 5 Beauties, and six original one acts for three of NAT's festivals (favorites are Man Who Knows How to Hold a Baby and The F*#king Neighbors). Other LA Theater includes the premiere of Wild Geese at the Skylight, Godspell in Glendale, Miss Margarida's Way at the Odyssey, and Twist at the Avery Shreiber. TV-Criminal Minds:Suspect Behavior, Working Class, Close To Home. Film-Starla, Life Tracker, Mob Rules. Web-Overkill:A Love Story, Finding Fred Savage. Brendan is the author of "Waiting Tables, Dodging Bullets" which can be found anywhere books are sold.  


Alex Monti FoxALEX MONTI FOX Metellus, Plebian, Murrullus, Pindarus
Presently, Alex can be seen in the award-winning short Treading Water. Other screen credits include SuitematesMr. Robinson's Driving School, Iceman Chronicles, Frank's Book, and VH1's I Hate My 30s. Stage credits include:  The Elephant Man (El Centro), Back To One (The Lex), Hypatia: The Divine Algebra (Orbitello Gallery), Faust is Dead (The Zephyr), Soon My Work (International Wow Company), SubUrbia, and The Illusion (both at the Actors' Gang). Alex's screenplay Never Gladly Beyond is presently in post-production in London. His first play Back To One premiered in 2010 at The Lex. Previously, Alex co-created the enduring sketch comedy series Another Showcase Showdown. He is happy to be making his New American Theatre debut.



With The New American Theatre / Circus Theatricals: The FQ, Undone, The Travelling Companion, I Never Sang for My Father, More Lies About Jerzy, Running in Circles Screaming, The Three Sisters (Circus Theatricals / Odyssey), Taming of the Shrew, Safe (LA Times Critics Choice), Moon Man (Circus Theatricals Festival of New One Act Plays). Other stage credits include: The Big Ever After, Cenci (ARK Theatre Co). In Chicago: Damage Control (Noble Fool), MacBett (Greasy Joan Theatre), Private Eyes, The Secret Rapture (Element Theatre), and more. TV/Film: Tom recently completed filming “No God No Master” with David Strathairn.” Other: Early Edition,” “Lady Blue,” “Heavens Fall,” “Almost Salinas” and “Beyond the Pale.” Member, The New American Studio Ensemble.



Tim HalliganTIM HALLIGAN Julius Caesar
Tim Halligan has previously performed with The New American Theatre in I Never Sang For My Father.  He especially enjoys acting Shakespeare's plays and has done so with several companies including The Theatricum Botanicum, Shakespeare Santa Monica, A Noise Within, The Met Theatre,  and The Veterans Center for Performing Arts.  Tim also works in television and film.




KIMBERLY JURGEN Flavius, Cinna, Plebian, Messala
With The New American Theatre: Frances in Shadows.Otherr LA theatre credits include Gertrude (Hamlet), Mrs. Kritch (Columbine Project) and several notable roles in shorts by Shel Silverstein. Favorites in Atlanta include Henry (Henry V), Agnes (Agnes of God) and Stella (Streetcar). An award-winning film actor, Kimberly is also a versatile voiceover artist and a fight choreographer and she recently shot her first national commercial. Pineapple! Member of the New American Theatre Studio Ensemble




Jordan LundJORDAN LUND Casca
New American Studio Ensemble Associate Artist.
Jordan has appeared in 17 plays for New American/Circus Theatricals: including: Bedfellows, More Lies About Jerzy, The Taming of the Shrew, Safe (by Chuck Rose), Twelfth Night, The Adding Machine, Man.Gov, As You Like It. Broadway: Romeo and Juliet, As You Like It, and Macbeth (Belasco Theatre, NY Shakespeare Festival). NY: All’s Well That Ends Well, Measure For Measure, The Golem, Twelfth Night, King John (Shakespeare in Central Park), I Saw the Seven Angels (The Kitchen), Tis Pity She’s A Whore (LaMama), Treasure Island (Ohio) Regional: Ahmanson, Portland Stage, TheatreWorks, Great Lakes Theatre Festival, Cleveland PlayHouse Over 80 film and TV appearances include: "The Bucket List", "Doc Hollywood", "Speed", “The American President”, "Species”, "Lonesome Dove", "The Stand", “Awake”, “Without A Trace”, "Cheers", "Frasier", "Firefly", "Law & Order", "Star Trek DS9, TNG & Enterprise", "ER,". Jordan received his training at Carnegie-Mellon University.



CHELSEA POVALL Lucius, Strato, Plebian, Popilius, Citizen
With New American Theatre:  I Never Sang for My Father, Macbeth, The Women, The Festival of New One Act Plays, and 365 Days/365 Plays.  She stepped in as Juliet for two performances of Romeo and Juliet this summer with Shakespeare by the Sea. Other credits include  The Night of the Black Cat, Brigadoon, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Sound of Music, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Annie Get your Gun, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and  Oklahoma!. She was also a Lead Singer/Dancer for Holland America Cruise Lines.  Chelsea is a graduate of the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts.  New American Theatre Company Member.




JOBETH PRINCE Servant, Artemidorus, Octavius Servant, Citizen
This is JoBeth's first production with the New American Theatre Company. She has been pursuing other interest for a while and is happy to be back on stage. Previously she appeared in productions here in LA with the Ark Theater company, as well as several plays in Chicago.






Jade SealeyJADE SEALEY Calpurnia,
Theatre credits include: Christina Woodman in the world premiere play Bedfellows (New American Theatre), Baltimore in Sister Cities (Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Circus Theatricals), Jane in Mooney’s Kid Don’t Cry, Crystal Allen in The Women, Shannon Gosling in Safe, Viola in Twelfth Night, Marian in The Heiress, Genevieve in Weedwacker, Iphigenia in Iphigenia (all with The New American Theatre / Circus Theatricals) Debby in Deconstructing the Torah (The Odyssey), Janna in Blind Spots, Ruthie in Tsuris (Sidewalk Studio Theatre), Portia in The Author's Voice and Constanze in Amadeus (Steve Dobuzyinski Theatre). Film/TV credits include: “Chasing Eagle Rock,” “How to Cheat,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Saturday Night Live,” “Bridesmaid #3,” “The Hunger Artist,” “ Cul De Sac” and “Fool's Paradise.”


Scott SheldonSCOTT SHELDON Marc Antony
Scott is graduate of the neighborhood playhouse, last seen with The New American Theater in Five Beauties a night of Tennessee Williams one act plays. In other N.A.T productions: Andre in "Three Sisters" Macbeth in "Macbeth" and numerous one act plays. He also plays Officer Smith in the new film "Small Apartments".






Jack StehlinJACK STEHLIN (Brutus, Founding Artistic Director, The New American Theatre / Producer / Director)
Jack founded Circus Theatricals in 1983. The company changed its name to The New American Theatre in 2011. With his wife and partner Jeannine Wisnosky Stehlin, he has produced more that 50 plays in Los Angeles and New York. An award-winning actor/director, Jack is perhaps best known on television as DEA captain Roy Till on the popular Showtime series "Weeds."


As a director, Jack has directed over 20 stage productions in Los Angeles and New York, including The Cherry Orchard (starring Alfred Molina, Jill Gascoine and Stephanie Zimbalist), Auto De Fe, Gibberish, A Man Who Knows How to Hold a Baby, Three Sisters, Taming of the Shrew, Twelfth Night, Complexity, Iphigenia in Aulis, The Misanthrope, Tartuffe, As You Like It, True West, Scapin, Danton's Death and Macbeth. Regionally, he directed Speed-the-Plow (Alley Theatre,Houston), Driving Miss Daisy (Stages Rep. in Houston), and My Sister in This House at The Juilliard School. This past year, he directed the short film "Game 7" and will direct the short film "Gibberish" this Spring 2012.


He has had many guest-starring roles on countless TV fan favorites, such as "NCIS Los Angeles, " "NCIS," "The Event" "Dark Blue," "Without a Trace," "Monk," "JAG," "The Practice,", "ER," and "NYPD Blue." Films include "Chicago 8" and "Wilde Salome" starring and directed by Al Pacino. Jack has extensive Los Angeles, New York, Regional and worldwide stage credits, including nine productions at New York's Public Theatre, Salome (Los Angeles w/Al Pacino), and Titus Redux at the Kirk Douglas Theatre (co-production with Not Man Apart Physical Theatre Ensemble.) Jack is an alumnus of John Houseman's The Acting Company and a graduate of The Juilliard School.




Patrick VestPATRICK VEST Decius, Plebian, Lucilius
Patrick Vest recieved his MFA in acting from the University of Alabama at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival.  With New American Theatre he has been seen in Macbeth, The Circle, The Misanthrope, Seduced, as well as various scene nights and one acts.  His favorite Shakespeare roles include:  Mercutio, Macbeth, Prince Hal, Malvolio, Marc Antony, Shylock, Petruchio, and Oberon.  Patrick also created a one man show about Henry David Thoreau that was actually produced in this very theatre many years ago.  He is part of the NAT studio ensemble and has been studying with Jack for eleven years.  Needless to say, he's thrilled to be sharing the stage with his mentor once again.





Vanessa Waters

VANESSA WATERS Soothsayer, Portia, Plebian

Vanessa is a long time company member of the New American Theatre.With NAT: Three Sisters, Circus Theatricals Festival of New One Act Plays ’12,’10,’09 & ‘08, Macbeth, The Women. Other LA theatre: A Midsummer Night’s Dream,The Merchant of Venice, Johnson Over Jordan, Baby with the Bathwater, Enemy of the People. Vanessa has also been seen in numerous independent films, on the television show House, M.D. and can be heard in Tinker Bell & the Great Fairy Rescue as the Loom Fairy. Training:  Pacific Conservatory of Performing Arts (PCPA), Ithaca College B.F.A.









Jeannine Wisnosky StehlinJEANNINE WISNOSKY STEHLIN (Managing Director, The New American Theatre / Circus Theatricals, Producer)
Jeannine has produced (along with Jack Stehln) over 50 plays for The New American Theatre (Circus Theatricals), including; the recent productions Bedfellows, As Is, Five Beauties by Tennessee Williams, I Never Sang for My Father, the co-production of Titus Redux wth Not Man Apart at the Kirk Douglas Theatre and RADAR-LA, Davey Holmes’ More Lies About Jerzy (dir. David Trainer), (LA/Off-Broadway) Harm’s Way (LA/Off-Broadway/2008 Pen USA award), Sister Cities (world premiere), The Job (LA/Off-Broadway). LA Weekly Award nomination for “Best Sound Design” for The Circle. As a film producer: the short “Game 7,” and the upcoming “Gibberish.” Also an actor, stage credits include many plays in LA and Chicago. Film/TV: “Watch It,” “Rancho Cucamonga.” She made her TV deput as a pre-schooler in the popular children’s program “Romper Room.” Jeannine earned a B.S. in Advertising from the University of Illinois, and an M.B.A. in Marketing from the Illinois Institute of Technology.




Roger BellonROGER BELLON orginal music

Julius Caesar is the sixth collaboration between The New American Theatre and Roger Bellon. His latest feature, “186 Dollars to Freedom,” premiered at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Born in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France, Roger attended The Berklee College of Music, Boston, where he received his Bachelor of Music degree in Music Composition and completed post-graduate studies in composition and conducting at The École Normale de Musique, Paris. He has scored over three hundred television episodes and numerous award winning television movies and mini-series. Bellon received an Emmy Nomination for his score to the CBS television movie “Frankenstein.”



RON KLIER Sound Design
Ron Klier ’s sound design credits include Bedfellows, As Is (co-designed with director John Farmanesh-Bocca) and Five Beauties for The New American Theatre, State of the Union for Interact Theatre, Sugar Daddy at the Lounge Theatre, The Sweetest Swing in Baseball for West Coast Ensemble Theatre, Hard as Nails for Moving Arts Theatre, and for the Vs. Theatre Company: The Mercy Seat, Blackbird (2009 LADCC Award Winner and LA Weekly Award nominee), Eagle Hills, Eagle Ridge, Eagle Landing, Pugilist Specialist, On an Average Day (in Los Angeles and Chicago), Eric LaRue, Waste of Shame, and Navy Pier. Ron is the resident sound designer and Literary Director of the Vs. Theatre Company.


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