Presented By: The Marco Island Shakespeare Festival

“Cowards die many times before their deaths—the valiant never taste of death but once.”

A modern adaptation of the best-known assassination in human history, Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar dismantles a hierarchy of alleged loyalty manipulated by greed, power, and legacy. As Brutus struggles with his own inner traitors, a throng of conspirators convinces him to overthrow a friend for the sake of a vision—a sacrifice with a motive so pure that he, too, must be willing to die for it.

Marco Island students aged 14 to 17 breathe life into one of Shakespeare’s most iconic works. As a masterfully scripted tale of humanity’s abuses to and corruption of power, the student-actors reveal the brutality of ancient Roman politics and its effect on society, while drawing parallels to political tensions and power struggles still prevalent throughout the modern world. Exploring the impact of humanity on the ideological structure of democracy through the intricate relationship between Brutus and Caesar, the student-actors and their audience have a rare opportunity to rediscover the renowned play through this very special collaborative performance.

Director’s Bio

Greg Madera is a native of South Carolina and a graduate of Limestone College, and began his theater career with the Cumberland County Playhouse in Crossville,Tennessee. Greg has worn several hats in the theater including Actor, Stage Manager, Technical Director, Carpenter and Director. Sylvia and Shooting Starare Greg’s summer directing projects. During The Marco Players’ most recent season, he was in The Interview as “James T. Shannon,” and directed Becky’s New Car. All theater is collaborative and Greg thanks everyone who helped bring this show to life, especially the audience. Without you, it’s a rehearsal.

About The Marco Island Shakespeare Festival

The Marco Island Shakespeare Festival is a community effort to better understand and appreciate Shakespeare’s timeless texts, which so wonderfully reveal the human condition. The Festival offers interdisciplinary collaboration with the English and History curricula of the Marco Island Academy High School. After reading the play in the classroom, students have the opportunity to participate in the full production through a variety of roles, both on and off the stage. The Marco Island Shakespeare Festival also offers community readings throughout Marco Island and Naples. Read More