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All-female cast headlines Julius Caesar outdoors


Thursday, Aug. 1, western Washington County welcomes the all-female performance of a world-premier adaptation of

William Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar.”

The classic play tells the story of the Roman dictator and his infamous friend-turned-traitor (“Et tu, Brute?”). It involves assassinations, ghosts, corrupt politicians and bribes — and has been updated to include details from today’s headlines.

Hillsboro’s Bag&Baggage Productions will launch its sixth season with the outdoor, in-the-round production — which places theater-goers in the very center of the intrigue, betrayal and treachery at the heart of Shakespeare’s greatest historical play.

Scott Palmer, founding artistic director of Bag&Baggage, adapted and directed the show and calls it “one of our most ambitious and visually powerful productions ever.”

Palmer said the seating arrangement — “The furthest away you’re going to be from the action is 15 feet” — along with closure of the adjacent street, will all ensure the dialogue is easily heard outdoors.

B&B favorites Cyndi Rhoads (Julius Caesar), Cassie Greer (Marc Antony) and Theresa Park (Octavius) — as well as eight other actresses — are sure to enchant audiences with their performances in this psychological drama.

“This is a perfect way to start off our 2013-14 season with a bang,” notes Palmer.

Show times are 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights at the Tom Hughes Civic Center Plaza. Tickets for the Aug.1-17 run can be purchased at bagnbaggage.org or by calling 503-345-9590.