Dan Kremer makes his Shakespeare Theatre Company debut as Julius Caesar
Most recent project:
Most recently, I was directing a production of The Importance of Being Earnest at a college near my home in Seattle.
What is your favorite scene in Julius Caesar? Why?
That would be act 2, scene 2, the morning of the Ides of March. Caesar’s wife, Calphurnia, has dreamt that night of dangers to Caesar, and the day begins with reports of omens that compound her fears. Through great effort she persuades Caesar to stay at home that day. Then Decius arrives and, using the lure of a crown, convinces Caesar to go to the senate. At last, the conspirators arrive wearing smiles of deceit to accompany Caesar to the forum and the fate they have planned for him. The conflicting objectives and reversals of action make this scene delicious to play.
What play would you most like to perform in and what character would you like to play?
Charles II in George Bernard Shaw’s In Good King Charles’ Golden Days. This rarely performed play, written in 1939, brings together Isaac Newton, George Fox (the founder of the Quakers), King Charles II and an assortment of Charles’ mistresses and wives for a lively discussion of science, religion and women in politics. Quite a resonant work for our time, as Shaw so often proves to be.
What's on your iPod? (mp3, cd player, etc.):
Telemann wind concertos, Earl Hines, Keb Mo, Beethoven, David Byrne, Swamp Cabbage – my collection is rather eclectic.
Favorite Shakespearean Play:
Usually, that would be the one (or at present two) that I’m working on. After that, King Lear, Measure for Measure, The Tempest.
Favorite Shakespearean Villain:
That would probably be Iachimo from Cymbeline. Iago does far more damage to the lives around him, but for absolute fleering villainy it is hard to top Iachimo.
What's next for you after Julius Caesar? Two weeks in Fairbanks, AK, teaching a Shakespeare workshop at the Fairbanks Arts Festival.
Have you had a chance to see D.C.? What’s your favorite spot in the city?
Except for a few long, exploratory walks, I have not seen much of the city. Soon after the Roman Rep opens, my daughter will be visiting for a couple of weeks. I have begun compiling a list of sights, galleries and museums that we might tour together. That is a pleasure that I eagerly anticipate.
Tickets are available by phone (202.547.1122) or online here
Photo of Dan Kremer as Julius Caesar by Carol Rosegg.
Labels: Dan Kremer, Julius Caesar, Michael Kahn, Shakespeare, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Sidney Harman Hall