Julius Caesar

Julius Caesar

by William Shakespeare

A sharp new retelling of the classic tragedy. A world is thrown into chaos when the ends justify the means. Who can one trust, when those in positions of power begin to fracture as democratic and dictatorial philosophies collide?

Performance Info

Thursday, October 4 at 7:30 pm
Friday, October 5 at 7:30 pm
October 6 at 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm
October 7 at 2:00 pm

Albert Taylor Theatre - Shilling Hall

Ticket Info

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Event Date

Thursday, October 4, 2018 - 7:30pm to Sunday, October 7, 2018 - 2:00pm

Julius Caesar.............................Kathleen Mitchell

Mark Antony.............................Morgan Wakefield

Marcus Brutus..........................Mary Heyl

Cassius......................................Anais Morgan

Lucius.......................................Lucia Rossi

Flavius/Lepidus........................Sophia Zinger

Marullus/Cimber/Messala........Rachel Ruby Squires

Cicero/Lucilius.........................Alex Naranjo

Decius/Pindarus........................Devon M. Johnson

Casca/Cinna the Poet................Paul Cushman

Volumnius.................................Delaney Schmidt

Titinius......................................Genesis Brito Perez

Cinna/Cato................................Rhealee Fernandez

Trebonius/Strato........................Isabella Loutfi

Publius/Octavius.......................Olivia Tharpe

Soothsayer.................................Mike Sickels

Popilius.....................................Rachel Pevehouse

Portia........................................Tanner Hake

Calpurnia..................................Joey Mudd

Citizens/Servants......................Robert "Stretch" Garrett, Tanner Hake, Joey Mudd, Genesis Brito Perez, Rachel Pevehouse, Delaney Schmidt, Mike Sickels

Kathleen Mitchell

Kathleen Mitchell - Senior BFA Musical Theatre

Overland Park, Kansas

Past Millikin credits include devised works Unlatched and Headshot!, Fugitive Songs, and A Nightmare on Backstreet. She also studied Shakespeare performance at Shakespeare’s Globe and performed while studying in London. She spent this past summer working with Missoula Children’s Theatre teaching children in New England life skills through the arts.


Morgan Wakefield

Morgan Wakefield - Sophomore BFA Musical Theatre

Charlotte, North Carolina

Morgan Wakefield is thrilled to be making her Millikin debut. Past credits include: Much Ado About Nothing (Beatrice), A Chorus Line (Judy) and Fiddler on the Roof (Hodel) at CPCC Summer Theatre; She Loves Me (Amalia u/s) at Shenandoah Conservatory; Sweet Charity (Charity) and Spring Awakening (Anna / Dance Captain) at Theatre Charlotte; Little Women (Beth) at Little Theatre of Gastonia; and Les Miserables (Fantine) at CTC.


Mary Heyl

Mary Heyl - Senior BFA Acting, Dance minor

St. Louis, Missouri

Mary is delighted to be a part of this amazing production. She was most recently seen in Unlatched at Pipe Dreams Studio Theatre. Other credits include Umbrella Escapades and Super Sidekick the Musical. She is also co president of Math Club improv troupe. Mary lived out her dream of studying in London last fall at The Globe Theatre and is excited to pursue performance in Shakespeare. She sends thanks to family, friends, SOTAD, and God for this opportunity!


Anais Morgan

Anais Morgan - Sophomore BFA Acting

Santa Clarita, California

Anais- Credits include Macbeth (Santa Clarita Shakespeare Company), The Magic Flute (El Dorado Opera Company), The Giver (Canyon Theatre Guild), The Tempest (William S. Hart High School), A Midsummer Night's Dream (William S. Hart High School), and The Taming Of The Shrew (William S. Hart High School).


Lucia Rossi

Lucia Rossi - Sophomore BFA Musical Theatre

Fayetteville, Arkansas

Lucia Rossi recently appeared in Pipe Dreams Studio Theatre’s production of Strangest Things! The Musical. At New Threshold Theatre, Lucia was seen in Into the Woods and 13! The Musical. At Arkansas Public Theatre, Lucy appeared in The Addams Family.


Sophia Zinger

Sophia Zinger - Sophomore BFA Acting, Gender Studies minor

Oak Park, Illinois

Sophia is thrilled to be making her Millikin Mainstage debut. She has most recently appeared in Chicago Youth Shakespeare’s productions of Macbeth (Lady Macduff), Hamlet (Gertrude), and Comedy of Errors (Luciana). Sophia also recently portrayed Heather Chandler in Encore Academy’s production of Heathers. She is also a member of Millikin’s improv troupe, Math Club.


Rachel Ruby Squires

Rachel Ruby Squires - Senior BFA Acting

Sierra Vista, Arizona

Rachel Ruby Squires- Credits include King Henry in King Henry IV Part One (FTIT); Kent in King Lear (Globe High Education); Other Credits include The Magic Pinafore (Millikin University); Antigone (Richland Theatre Productions); The Tempest, Zombie Prom, The New Margo, A Grand Night for Singing, and The Beauty and the Beast (Buena Fine Arts Productions).


Alexandra Naranjo

Alexandra Naranjo - Sophomore BFA Musical Theatre

Dallas, Texas

Alexandra has recently appeared in the ensemble/swing of Mr. Burns: a post electric play (Millikin University) and as Emma Borden in LIZZIE (Pipe Dreams Studio Theatre). Back home in Texas, her favorite roles include Penny Pingleton in Hairspray (Collin Theatre Center), Marcy Park in 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Plano Reperatory Theatre), and Shelley Parker in Bat Boy (Art Center Theatre). She is very excited to be back on the Millikin Mainstage.


Devon Johnson

Devon M. Johnson - Senior BFA Acting

Livingston, Montana

Devon worked with Missoula Children’s Theatre this summer as a tour actor and director for the show Peter and Wendy. Some of his other credits include Evita, Biloxi Blues, and Spamalot. Additional credits include Urinetown the Musical, Second Sheppard’s Play, and All is Calm. Devon would like to thank his brother Matt for getting his theatre career started and for his never ending love and support.


Paul Cushman

Paul Cushman - First-year BFA Musical Theatre

Wabasha, Minnesota

Paul Cushman - Credits include Anything Goes (Billy Crocker), Shrek the Musical (Donkey), Sound of Music (Friedrich Von Trapp), Flowers for Algernon (Charles Gordon), Radium Girls (Tommy), Star-Crossed Lovers (Why/Romeo), The Music Man, Little Women, Bye Bye Birdie, and Back to the 80’s (Wabasha-Kellogg Theatre); and Francis and Claire: A New Musical (Winona Theatre).


Delaney Schmidt

Delaney Schmidt - Junior BFA Musical Theatre

Frankfort, Illinois

Delaney Schmidt has recently appeared in Millikin University’s production of Mr. Burns: a Post-Electric Play as Jenny. Her other credits include: Wintertime (female swing), Bachelorette (female swing), Nevermore: the Imaginary Life and Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe (Player 6), Heathers: the Musical (Young Republicanette), Urinetown: the Musical (Mrs. Millenium), and The Addams Family (Morticia Addams).


Genesis Brito Perez

Genesis Brito Perez - Senior BA Theatre, Spanish Education

Kenosha, Wisconsin

Genesis is making her Millikin Mainstage acting debut. She would like to thank her friends, her family, and her professors. She would especially like to thank Alex and Sarah for always believing in her.


Rhealee Fernandez

Rhealee Fernandez - Sophomore BA Theatre, Human Services

Aurora, Illinois

Rhealee Fernandez is so excited to be a part of her first Millikin Mainstage show! Some of her credits include: Paulette in Legally Blonde, Daniela in In The Heights, and Ursula in The Little Mermaid, and she was most recently seen as Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd as a part of the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival this summer. She would love to thank her wonderful directors, her friends, and her family for their continuous love and support, and she hopes you enjoy the show!


Isabella Loutfi

Isabella Loutfi - Sophomore BFA Musical Theatre

Rochester, Minnesota

Isabella Loutfi- Millikin Mainstage Debut. Credits include Dustin in Strangest Things! The Musical at Pipe Dreams Studio Theatre; Gertrude McFuzz in Seussical, Alice Sycamore in You Can’t Take It With You, and Glory in Almost Maine (Mayo Stage Door); Crazy For You (Interlochen Center for the Arts); and Emily Arden in State Fair and Glinda in The Wizard of Oz (HC Theatre).


Olivia Tharpe

Olivia Tharpe - Junior BFA Musical Theatre

Lafayette, Indiana

Olivia Tharpe recently made her Millikin Mainstage debut in Phantom of the Opera. She was also seen in Pipe Dreams Studio Theatre’s production of LIZZIE, as Bridget, and the Moscow Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker. Other credits include Titania in Lafayette Civic Theatre’s A Midsummer Nights Dream and Charity in Anything Goes.


Mike Sickels

Mike Sickels - Junior BFA Acting

Chicago, Illinois

This is Mike's second show here at Millikin. In his first Mainstage role he was an understudy for Frank/Jonathan in Wintertime. Some of his other favorite roles have been Leaf in 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and Dr. Watson in Sherlock Holmes. He wishes everyone a good show and break a leg!


Rachel Pevehouse

Rachel Pevehouse - Sophomore BA Theatre

St. Louis, Missouri

Rachel Pevehouse is thrilled to be making her Millikin Mainstage debut. Rachel was most recently seen as Norma Henshaw in The Diviners. She has also been seen as Evangeline Harcourt in Anything Goes and Jemima Potts in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Other credits include Bye Bye Birdie, Tarzan, and Annie.


Tanner Hake

Tanner Hake - Junior BFA Acting

Kaukauna, Wisconsin

Tanner made his professional debut in The Bridges of Madison County playing Michael Johnson at the Marriott Theatre in Chicago. He has also been seen in Millikin Mainstage’s productions of 9 to 5: The Musical (Dwayne/Ensemble), Heathers: The Musical, OVERCOME Cabaret (Soloist), Nice Work If You Can Get It (Jimmy Winters) and The Wall.


Joey Mudd

Joey Mudd - Senior BFA Acting

Galesburg, Illinois

Joey Mudd - Credits include Our Town and You're A Good Man Charlie Brown (Prairie Players Theatre); Headshot! (Millikin Mainstage); The Undeniable Sound of Right Now (Pipe Dreams Studio Theatre).

Alex Miller

Alex Miller, Director - Associate Professor

Millikin University

Mr. Miller is humbled to have the opportunity to work with such talented artists.  As an Associate Professor at Millikin University, Alex teaches all levels of Acting and Stage Combat. In addition to his university duties, he serves as artistic director for Shakespeare Corrected, an alliance between the Decatur Correctional Center and Millikin University, which immerses students and offenders in a 10 month collaborative process resulting in a full length annual production. The program finished its third production, Taming of the Shrew, in April. Heartfelt gratitude to the design and production staff who have created the world in which this production lives. Additional thanks go to his colleagues for being patient when they had no reason, Raymond and Debbie Miller for the lessons required in life, and to Angie, Aidan, and Miranda who make life a blessed joy.


Moira McCarthy-King, Scenic Design


Quinnyata Bellows, Costume Design - Senior BFA Design and Production

Chicago, Illinois

Credits include: Assistant Costume Designer for Intimate Apparel, and Hair/Makeup for 9 to 5: The Musical.


Erin Cowger

Erin Cowger, Lighting Design - Junior BFA Design and Production

Fresno, California

This is Erin's first lighting design for Millikin Mainstage. Her past work includes lighting designer for Equinox: a Concert of Dance and Solstice: a Concert of Dance. Erin has also done assistant design work at Hope Summer Repertory Theatre for Godspell and An Illiad. Other Millikin credits include Intimate Apparel (Master Electrician) and 9 to 5: The Musical (Assistant Lighting Designer).


Terry Bivins​, Sound Design - First-year BFA Design and Production

Wyanet, Illinois

Before Millikin, Terry spent three summers as an intern at Festival 56, a theatre company in Princeton, Illinois, working as a Sound Board Operator and Electrician. He also designed the sets for Bureau Valley High School's productions of Legally Blonde, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and The Babbling Brooks.


Pat-rice Rooney

Pat-rice Rooney, Stage Manager - Junior BFA Stage Management

Boston, Massachusetts

Most recent credits include- Videographer: Classic Balanchine/La Sylphide for The Boston Ballet; Assistant Stage Manager: The Phantom of the Opera and Wintertime at Millikin University.


Audrey Murphy

Audrey Murphy, Assistant Stage Manager - Sophomore BFA Stage Management

Springfield, Illinois

Credits include: Assistant Stage Manager for Mr. Burns: a post-electric play and Blue Horses (Millikin University); Assistant Stage Manager for Guys and Dolls (Decatur Park District); and Theatre Technician at Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum.