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Tony Nominee Forrest McClendon to Star in Lantern Theatre's JULIUS CAESAR, 2/6-3/16

Caesar's close friend, Marcus Brutus, is played by Philadelphia actor U.R. Last seen in the Lantern's 2012 production of The Island, he was recently recognized as one of Philadelphia Weekly's "Best Stage Performances of 2013" for his role in Stick Fly at the Arden and receivEd Barrymore Award nominations for his roles in The Piano Lesson and Blue Door, also at the Arden. Past Shakespearean roles include Puck, Oberon, Belch, Othello (twice), Don Jon, Macduff, Mercutio, Caliban and Petruchio with Yale Rep and Shakespeare in the Park in Connecticut.

Barrymore Award winner Jered McLenigan (Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Play for It's A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play at the Prince) turns public opinion over the assassination of Caesar as Marc Antony. He has performed at the Lantern in A Skull in Connemara, Henry IV Part I and Lady from the Sea. Other recent performances include The Woman in Black (Act II Playhouse, recognized as one of Philadelphia Weekly's "Best Stage Performances of 2013"), Inherit the Wind (Bristol Riverside Theatre) and Good People (Walnut Street Theatre/Fulton Theatre). Other awards include the first Irish Festival Award for Outstanding Ensemble (Dublin by Lamplight, Inis Nua Theatre Company) and multiple Barrymore nominations for Outstanding Leading Actor and Ensemble.

The cast also includes Adam Altman in his Lantern debut as Murellus. He was recently seen in Blink, The Hand of Gaul and The Ching Room with Inis Nua. Locally, he has also worked with Philadelphia Artists' Collective, Iron Age Theatre, Tiny Dynamite, Delaware Shakespeare Festival, Commonwealth Classic Theatre Company and the Arden, among others. Mary Lee Bednarek, as Caesar's wife Calpurnia, returns to the Lantern where she was last seen in Henry IV, Part I. She has worked with many Philadelphia theaters including Theatre Exile, Azuka Theatre, EgoPo Productions, Act II Playhouse, Flashpoint Theatre Company, New City Stage Stage, Simpatico Theatre Project, New Paradise Laboratories, Swim Pony Arts, Luna Theater and Hedgerow Theatre. Brutus' wife, Portia, is played by Kittson O'Neill, seen at the Lantern in last season's New Jerusalem. Recent performances include You Are Dead, You Are Here at HERE Arts in NYC and Behind the Eye with Philadelphia's Gas & Electric Arts. She is currently developing The Body Lautrec with Aaron Cromie and Mary Tuomanen and has also appeared at Act II Playhouse, People's Light & Theatre, Inis Nua and InterAct, where she is also artistic associate). Philadelphia transplant Matt Tallman, in the role of Casca, was last seen at the Lantern in last season's The Liar and Henry V. His work in Philadelphia includes The Temperamentals and Much Ado About Nothing (Mauckingbird Theatre), A Midsummer Night's Dream (Delaware Shakespeare Festival), Stop Kiss (Philly Fringe), Act a Lady (Azuka Theatre). The role of Octavius is played by Bradley K. Wrenn, a performer, writer and creator and is co-artistic director of The Berserker Residents. Wrenn previously appeared at the Lantern as Demetrius in A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Special Events:

Presented in conjunction with Julius Caesar. For tickets and additional information: 215-829-0395 or visit www.lanterntheater.org.

Scholars: In Conversation

Friends, Romans, Countrymen: Julius Caesar in the Modern World

Mondays at 7pm: February 24, March 3 and 10, 2014

This three-part series draws on the political intrigues of Julius Caesar to catalyze discussions among the region's most dynamic scholars. We will grapple with the canonization of political leaders, Elizabeth I and the relationship between women and power, the unintended consequences of regime change, and how the past can give us perspective on today's most significant issues. Panelists will be announced shortly.

Tickets: $10 each or $25 for the three-part series ($8 each or $20 for the three-part series for Lantern subscribers, seniors, students, and groups of 10 or more)

Wine Tasting: A Tour of the Roman Empire

Friday, March 28 at 6:00 p.m.

Winemaking was serious business in ancient Rome, and as the Empire expanded wine production in outer territories flourished. Join us as the Wine School of Philadelphia's Keith Wallace and Lantern Associate Artistic Director Kathryn MacMillan take us on a wine tour of the Roman Empire that follows the path of Julius Caesar and his successors.

Tasting: $35 ($30 for subscribers)

Tasting + 8pm Performance of Julius Caesar: $55Dates: The Tragedy of Julius Caesar

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