On Friday night, March 14th, at the Kerrytown Concert House in Ann Arbor, the Michigan Shakespeare Festival is having a one-night-only concert reading of my Caesar/Brutus play, EVE OF IDES. Directed by Jan Blixt, the cast includes John Seibert as Caesar, Robert Kauzlaric as Brutus, Derek Ridge as Mark Antony, and Charles Sutherland as Varro, with Dan Helmer reading the stage directions and providing voices. And the food for the event is being provided by Mani Osteria in downtown Ann Arbor (huge thanks to Adam Baru).
I haven't heard a full reading of the play since it was performed at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, and just as then, I'm excited to hear the audience reaction - especially during an election year. While I wasn't trying to write about modern politics, the parallels are unavoidable.
If you're in Michigan, you can reserve your tickets here. If you're not around, there's still a treat for you. To help promote the event, this week Amazon is giving away free Kindle copies of the play. You can get yours here. In return, I'd ask you to donate $5 (or more) to the Michigan Shakespeare Festival for their kindess in hosting the event. You can send your donations via Paypal here.