The Folger Shakespeare Library and our publishing partner, Simon & Schuster Audio, hope you enjoy these excerpts from our audio performance of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar. This production was performed by the professional actors of Folger Theatre, in consultation with the editors of The Folger Shakespeare. The Folger Shakespeare Julius Caesar audiobook is available on a wide variety of audiobook platforms.
Act 1, scene 2
A soothsayer advises Caesar that the fifteenth of March will be a dangerous day for him. When Caesar and others exit, Cassius and Brutus remain behind. Cassius urges Brutus to oppose Caesar for fear that Caesar may become king.
Act 3, scene 1
In the street Caesar brushes aside Artemidorus’s attempt to warn him of the conspiracy. Once inside the Capitol, the conspirators gather around Caesar under the guise of pleading for the return of an exile. Beginning with Casca they stab Caesar to death and bathe their arms and hands in his blood.
Act 3, scene 2
Brutus explains to the people that the cause of Caesar’s assassination was the preservation of the Roman Republic from Caesar’s ambition to be king. Mark Antony, bringing in Caesar’s body, refutes Brutus’s charge of ambition against Caesar, displays Caesar’s wounds, and reveals that Caesar had made the common people his heirs.
Julius Caesar—Todd Scofield
Mark Antony—Zach Appelman
Calpurnia—Julie Ann Elliott
Octavius Caesar—William Vaughn
All other parts were played by members of the company.
Eric Shimelonis—Sound Design and Music Composition
Katharine Pitt—Production Assistant
David Polk—General Manager
Adam Stamper at Omega Recording Studios—Recording and Engineering
Music performed by Rebecca Sheir, vocals; Doug Wilson, trumpet; and Eric Shimelonis, strings, piano, and percussion.
Michael Witmore—Director, Folger Shakespeare Library
Janet Alexander Griffin—Artistic Producer
Barbara A. Mowat and Paul Werstine—Editors, Folger Editions
Special Acknowledgements: Tony Cisek, Daryl Eisenberg, CSA, Shannon Follin, Charles Flye, Mariah Hale, Jim Hunter, Casey Dean Kaleba, Michele Osherow, Rebekah Sheffer, Emily Tartanella, Teresa Wood
In partnership with Simon & Schuster Audio