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Seeking a Percussionist (Djembe) for Fools and Madmen’s upcoming hip hop adaptation of Julius Caesar, performing two weekends at Motor House in Baltimore City this July 2022. Please send interest or inquiries to [email protected].
About the Show:
A hip-hop adaptation of Julius Caesar, written and adapted by Baltimore artists Josh Thomas and Caitlin Carbone Hernandez and directed by Erika Noelle Williams. Inspired partly by the film Moonlight, our adaptation focuses on Brutus and Cassius’ relationship, showing a male friendship as complex and intimate to challenge the idea of Roman stoicism as a pillar of masculinity. The play integrates Shakespearean text with original hip hop songs, creating a lyrical and rhythmic mash-up of classical and modern language, of poetry and music. Performed in the round, scored by live musicians, by an ensemble of BIPOC artists.
This project is supported by a 2019 Rubys Artist Grant, which is a program of the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation. www.rwdfoundation.org
First Rehearsal: May 23 (3-4 rehearsals/week)
Tech/Dress/Full Runs: June 27-July 1 and July 5-7
Show Dates: July 8-10 and 15-17 (evening shows only, no matinees)
Fools and Madmen is a series of mobile hip hop adaptations of Shakespeare’s plays, touring Baltimore City Schools and communities.
Our goal is to bridge hip hop and classical theatre culturally and artistically, and to combat racial disparity in classical theatre.
We believe that Shakespeare’s stories and characters are for everyone to access, and hope to break the perception that they belong only to one audience or culture. Using classical and modern language, poetry and music, rhyme and rhythm, our productions show that the only thing separating hip hop and Shakespeare as artforms are the voices and experiences of the people telling the stories.