Julius Caesar and Game of Thrones Cross Swords at Griot Theatre

Erica Peeples and Daniel Ball. Photos by Eugene Powers

Whenever a theater company opens its doors in Southern California rather than closes them, it’s cause for celebration. Griot Theatre Company, a new group of artists in the West Valley, has taken up residency on the campus of Bethel Encino and is off to a promising start. Offering classics, established plays, and new works, Griot Theatre intends to provide a place where underrepresented artists such as women, artists of color, and those with physical disabilities can interpret theatre in new ways. It is most certainly a mission statement to admire. Julius Caesar is the company’s first production and director Malik B. El-Amin has chosen to conceptualize it by drawing parallels between it and the popular television series Game of Thrones. The result is at times inconsistent but El-Amin may be able to use the concept to draw younger audiences to the theatre and introduce them to Shakespeare in a new way.   More

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Griot Theatre Presents Julius Caesar a la Game of Thrones

What if the assassination of the world’s most powerful man was orchestrated and executed by a woman? That question lies at the heart of this production of Julius Caesar, set against the backdrop of Game of Thrones. Employing women and artists of color in non-traditional roles, this production creates a fresh and compelling take on this classical work. Griot Theatre of the West Valley presents its inaugural production,  Julius Caesar, October 6 – November 11, with a preview scheduled for October 4th, Thursdays through Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 3pm. Malik B. El-Amin directs a cast that includes Daniel Ball (Mark Antony), Cynthia Beckert (Cassius), Antonio D. Charity (Julius Caesar), Devereau Chumrau (Metellus, Lucilius, Flavius, Servant 2), Vincent J. Isaac (Casca, Strato, Messenger), Holiday Kinard (Calpurnia, Trebonius, Lepidus, Pindarus), Erica Mathlin (Portia, Messala, Servant 1, Cobbler), Kevin Nichols (Decius, Titinius, Marullus), Erica Peeples (Octavia, Lucius, Soothsayer), and Jake Suffian (Brutus). Post-show discussions will be held with the actors and director following the performances on October 14 and 28. Open Captioning 10/12 & 10/21; ASL Interpretation 10/27.

JULIUS CAESAR
October 6 – November 11 (Dark 10/5, 10/19, & 11/2)
Bethel Encino 17500 Burbank Blvd. Encino, CA 91316.
Click Here for tickets and more information or call 323-960-7740.

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