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Julius Caesar

Julius Caesar

Shakespeare's Epic Political Tragedy

Hanna Theatre, Playhouse Square

By William Shakespeare Directed by Sara Bruner Children age two and older are welcome to attend Great Lakes Theater performances.

Run Time: 2 hours & 30 minutes (including intermission)

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A timeless drama of intrigue, allegiance and conspiracy, Julius Caesar is the ultimate political thriller. Caesar’s triumphant return from war causes concern about one person’s pursuit of too much power. Machiavellian machinations result in resounding consequences and throw an empire into turmoil. Shakespeare’s politically-charged play reverberates through the ages and poses questions that we still seek answers to centuries later. The National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest presents Shakespeare in American Communities. Great Lakes Theater is one of 40 professional theater companies across the nation selected to perform a Shakespeare play with a professional team of actors for middle- and high-schools and conduct related educational activities for students. Generous support for Julius Caesar is provided by John and Barbara Schubert. 2019-20 Subscriptions on sale now. Click Here. Group Tickets on sale now. Click Here.

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The soothsayer (actor, Jodi Dominick*) gives dire warnings as Julius Caesar (actor, Carole Healey*) returns to Rome amidst cheers from its citizens (actors from l to r, M.A. Taylor*, Jessie Cope Miller*, Alex Syiek*, David Anthony Smith*) receive her in the Great Lakes Theater production of JULIUS CAESAR at the Hanna Theatre, Playhouse Square which runs through November 3. (Photo by Roger Mastroianni)

Caesar (actor, Carole Healey*) and Mark Antony (actor, Nick Steen*) converse in the Great Lakes Theater production of JULIUS CAESAR at the Hanna Theatre, Playhouse Square which runs through November 3. (Photo by Roger Mastroianni)

Cassius (actor, Laura Welsh Berg*) tries to convince Casca (actor, Alex Syiek*) to join her charge against Caesar in the Great Lakes Theater production of JULIUS CAESAR at the Hanna Theatre, Playhouse Square which runs through November 3. (Photo by Roger Mastroianni)

The conspirators (actors from l to r, Alex Syiek*, Laura Welsh Berg*, Marcus Martin*, Jessie Cope Miller*, David Anthony Smith* and Mack Sharilla*) arrive at house of Brutus in the Great Lakes Theater production of JULIUS CAESAR at the Hanna Theatre, Playhouse Square which runs through November 3. (Photo by Roger Mastroianni)

Portia (actor, Jillian Kates*) pleads with her husband, Brutus (actor, Lynn Robert Berg*) in the Great Lakes Theater production of JULIUS CAESAR at the Hanna Theatre, Playhouse Square which runs through November 3. (Photo by Roger Mastroianni)

A storm brings unrest to Rome in the Great Lakes Theater production JULIUS CAESAR at the Hanna Theatre, Playhouse Square which runs through November 3. Actors featured from l to r: Jessie Cope Miller*, M.A. Taylor*, Laura Welsh Berg*, Marcus Martin*, Carole Healey* and Alex Syiek*.(Photo by Roger Mastroianni)

Caesar (actor, Carole Healey*) comforts her husband, Calphurnius (actor, M.A. Taylor*) in River City in the Great Lakes Theater production JULIUS CAESAR at the Hanna Theatre, Playhouse Square which runs through November 3. Other actors featured from l to r: Elijah Dawson, Boe Wank* and Shelby Taylor*. (Photo by Roger Mastroianni)

Decius Brutus (actor, David Anthony Smith*) works to convince Caesar (actor, Carole Healey*) to visit the Senate as Calphurnius (actor, M.A. Taylor*) looks on in the Great Lakes Theater production JULIUS CAESAR at the Hanna Theatre, Playhouse Square which runs through November 3. Other actors featured: Elijah Dawson and Boe Wank* (Photo by Roger Mastroianni)

Caesar (actor, Carole Healey*) holds audience (actors from l to r, Jessie Cope Miller*, Mack Sharilla*, Nick Steen*, Marcus Martin*, David Anthony Smith*, Lynn Robert Berg* and Alex Syiek*) at the senate in the Great Lakes Theater production of JULIUS CAESAR at the Hanna Theatre, Playhouse Square which runs through November 3. (Photo by Roger Mastroianni)

The soothsayer (actor, Jodi Dominick*) prepares her final warning for Caesar as Portia (actor, Jillian Kates*) looks on in the Great Lakes Theater production of JULIUS CAESAR at the Hanna Theatre, Playhouse Square which runs through November 3. (Photo by Roger Mastroianni)

The soothsayer (actor, Jodi Dominick*) presents her prediction to Caesar (actor, Carole Healey*) as the senators (actors from l to r, David Anthony Smith*, Alex Syiek*, Nick Steen*, Jessie Cope Miller*, Lynn Robert Berg* and Laura Welsh Berg*) look on in the Great Lakes Theater production of JULIUS CAESAR at the Hanna Theatre, Playhouse Square which runs through November 3. (Photo by Roger Mastroianni)

Caesar (actor, Carole Healey*) is attacked by the conspirators (actors from l to r, Jessie Cope Miller*, David Anthony Smith*, Alex Syiek*, Mack Sharilla*, Laura Welsh Berg* and Marcus Martin*) in the Great Lakes Theater production JULIUS CAESAR at the Hanna Theatre, Playhouse Square which runs through November 3. (Photo by Roger Mastroianni)

“Et tu, Brute” (actors, Lynn Robert Berg* and Carole Healey*) in the Great Lakes Theater production JULIUS CAESAR at the Hanna Theatre, Playhouse Square which runs through November 3. (Photo by Roger Mastroianni)

The death of Caesar (actor, Carole Healey*) in the Great Lakes Theater production of JULIUS CAESAR at the Hanna Theatre, Playhouse Square which runs through November 3 (Photo by Roger Mastroianni)

The conspirators (actors from l to r, Alex Syiek*, Mack Sharilla*, David Anthony Smith*, Laura Welsh Berg* and Lynn Robert Berg*) rejoice as Caesar (actor, Carole Healey) lies in death in the Great Lakes Theater production JULIUS CAESAR at the Hanna Theatre, Playhouse Square which runs through November 3. (Photo by Roger Mastroianni)

Mark Antony (actor, Nick Steen*) confronts the conspirators (actors from l to r, Mack Sharilla*, Alex Syiek*, Lynn Robert Berg* and David Anthony Smith*) in the Great Lakes Theater production JULIUS CAESAR at the Hanna Theatre, Playhouse Square which runs through November 3. (Photo by Roger Mastroianni)

Chaos ensues after the death of Caesar in the Great Lakes Theater production of JULIUS CAESAR at the Hanna Theatre, Playhouse Square which runs through November 3. Actors featured from l to r: Laura Welsh Berg*, Shelby Griswold*, Boe Wank*, Nick Steen*, Jodi Dominick* and Lynn Robert Berg* (Photo by Roger Mastroianni)

Mark Antony (actor, Nick Steen*) watches the riots in the Great Lakes Theater production JULIUS CAESAR at the Hanna Theatre, Playhouse Square which runs through November 3. Other actors featured: Alex Syiek* and Aled Davies* (Photo by Roger Mastroianni)

Mark Antony (actor, Nick Steen*) prepares with Octavius Caesar (actor, Julian Remulla*) in the Great Lakes Theater production JULIUS CAESAR at the Hanna Theatre, Playhouse Square which runs through November 3. Other actors featured: Alex Syiek* and Aled Davies* (Photo by Roger Mastroianni)

The conspirators (actors from l to r, Laura Welsh Berg*, Lynn Robert Berg*, Marcus Martin* and Alex Syiek*) prepare for war in the Great Lakes Theater production JULIUS CAESAR at the Hanna Theatre, Playhouse Square which runs through November 3. (Photo by Roger Mastroianni)

Brutus (actor, Lynn Robert Berg*) is consumed as Lucius (actor, Jahir Hipps) tries for solace in the Great Lakes Theater production of JULIUS CAESAR at the Hanna Theatre, Playhouse Square which runs through November 3. (Photo by Roger Mastroianni)

Conflict begins in the Great Lakes Theater production JULIUS CAESAR at the Hanna Theatre, Playhouse Square which runs through November 3. Actors feature from l to r: Jessie Cope Miller*, Julian Remulla*, Aled Davies*, Nick Steen*, Mack Sharilla*, Lynn Robert Berg*, Alex Syiek*, Jahir Hipps, Laura Welsh Berg* and Marcus Martin*. (Photo by Roger Mastroianni)

Cassius (actor, Laura Welsh Berg*) and Brutus (actor, Lynn Robert Berg*) share a moment amidst the chaos in the Great Lakes Theater production JULIUS CAESAR at the Hanna Theatre, Playhouse Square which runs through November 3. (Photo by Roger Mastroianni)

Cinna (actor, Marcus Martin*) and Cassius (actor, Laura Welsh Berg*) are found by Brutus (actor, Lynn Robert Berg*) in the Great Lakes Theater production JULIUS CAESAR at the Hanna Theatre, Playhouse Square which runs through November 3. (Photo by Roger Mastroianni)

Synopsis

Julius Caesar enters Rome on the Feast of Lupercal as a hero beloved by the populace having triumphed first over the Gauls, then over the army of Pompey. When the senators see Mark Antony attempting three times to crown Caesar—some take this as a threat to Rome. Cassius in particular has serious misgivings about Caesar’s ambition. To offset Caesar’s support base, Cassius makes overtures to Brutus, a nobleman known for his integrity and idealism; if Brutus were to support it, a conspiracy would seem more palatable to the citizens of Rome. Brutus is also a close friend of Caesar, which adds to the moral dilemma presented in the play.

As a metaphor for the coming action, a great storm besets Rome. Brutus ponders his course of action, realizing that the conspiracy may well have to contemplate assassination. Eventually, with the prodding of Cassius and others, Brutus comes to rationalize such an act as necessary for a greater good. Brutus dissuades the conspirators from slaying Antony as well. Caesar, warned by a soothsayer, ignores advice to the contrary and pays a visit to the Senate and is stabbed to death by Brutus, Cassius, and the rest of the conspirators.

Mark Antony strikes a truce with the conspirators, asking to accompany Caesar’s body and speak the funeral. Brutus agrees, and at the funeral delivers an oratory that explains the reasoning for the assassination. Antony follows with the well-known “Friends, Romans, countrymen” speech, commonly a soliloquy, and through his masterful use of irony stirs the crowd—which to this point had been solidly behind the conspirators—to call for the blood of Cassius, Brutus, and anyone else associated with Caesar’s death.

Antony then plots with Octavius (nephew to Julius Caesar) and Lepidus to wrest control of Rome by force. Their ruthlessness exterminates many of the original conspirators, as well as other perceived enemies. Brutus and Cassius meanwhile raise armies against them. In a final battle, Brutus initially has success against the forces of Octavius; Cassius however, chooses to end her life when bested by Antony’s army. Faced with both Antony and Octavius, Brutus’ army is defeated, and Brutus takes his own life rather than be taken captive. Upon discovering the body, Antony laments the tragic fall of Brutus, calling him the noblest of them all.

- Shakespeare Resource Center

Carole Healey

Carole Healey*

Julius Caesar

Three seasons with Great Lakes Theater | Ms. Healey has acted and directed at most of the major regional theatres in the country including The Oregon Shakespeare Festival, The Utah Shakespeare Festival (company member for 14 seasons), The Alabama Shakespeare Festival (company member for 3 years), Southwest Shakespeare, Great Lakes Theater, Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, Denver Theatre Center, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Theatreworks in CA, Portland Stage, Riverside Theatre, Kingshead Theatre in London, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, The Olney, The Cape Playhouse, Pittsburgh Public and many others. Television and Film: Law and Order, The Guiding Light, The Understudy. MFA – The Professional Theatre Training Program University of Delaware. Three seasons with Great Lakes Theater | Ms. Healey has acted and directed at most of the major regional theatres in the country including The Oregon Shakespeare Festival, The Utah Shakespeare Festival (company member for 14 seasons), The Alabama Shakespeare Festival (company member for 3 years), Southwest Shakespeare, Great Lakes Theater,...more

Laura Welsh Berg

Laura Welsh Berg*

Cassius

Fourteen seasons at Great Lakes Theater | Shows with GLT: Pride and Prejudice (Elizabeth Bennet), Mamma Mia! (Rosie), Hamlet (Hamlet), And Then There Were None (Vera), Love’s Labour’s Lost (Rosaline), Witness for the Prosecution, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Richard III, Sweeney Todd, The Tempest, Hay Fever, My Fair Lady, All’s Well That Ends Well, Major Barbara, Macbeth, Measure for Measure, A Funny Thing…Forum,and She Stoops to Conquer. At Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival: Twelfth Night (Viola) and Two Gentlemen of Verona (Speed). Chicago credits: The Farnsworth Invention at Timeline Theater, Arms and the Man at Centerstage and Mill Fire at Sheil Park. She holds a BA from Baldwin Wallace University and an MFA from The Theater School at DePaul. L'MLS. Fourteen seasons at Great Lakes Theater | Shows with GLT: Pride and Prejudice (Elizabeth Bennet), Mamma Mia! (Rosie), Hamlet (Hamlet), And Then There Were None (Vera), Love’s Labour’s Lost (Rosaline), Witness for the Prosecution, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Richard III, Sweeney Todd, The Tempest, Hay Fever, My Fair Lady, All’s Well That Ends Well, Major Barbara, Macbeth, Measure for Measure, A Funny Thing…Forum,and She...more

Lynn Robert Berg

Lynn Robert Berg*

Brutus

Eighteen seasons with Great Lakes Theater | For GLT: Mr. Mayhew (Witness for the Prosecution), Macbeth (Macbeth), Scrooge (A Christmas Carol), The Ghost and Player King (Hamlet), Malvolio (Twelfth Night), Richard III (Richard III), Frank Ford (The Merry Wives of Windsor), Polixenes (The Winter’s Tale), Doctor Parker (Bat Boy: The Musical), Caliban (The Tempest), Demetrius (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged). Other credits: Don Armado (Love’s Labour’s Lost), Dr. Watson (The Hound of the Baskervilles) with Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival; Hucklebee (The Fantasticks), Bill Walker (Major Barbara), Edmund (King Lear), Hastings (She Stoops to Conquer) with Idaho Shakespeare Festival. MFA from the University of Delaware Professional Theater Training Program. SLL’M Eighteen seasons with Great Lakes Theater | For GLT: Mr. Mayhew (Witness for the Prosecution), Macbeth (Macbeth), Scrooge (A Christmas Carol), The Ghost and Player King (Hamlet), Malvolio (Twelfth Night), Richard III (Richard III), Frank Ford (The Merry Wives of Windsor), Polixenes (The Winter’s Tale), Doctor Parker (Bat Boy: The Musical), Caliban...more

Aled Davies

Aled Davies*

Cicero / Lepidus

Nineteen seasons with Great Lakes Theater | Previously for GLT: Sir Wilfrid Robarts, QC in Witness for the Prosecution, Sir William Lucas/Mr. Gardiner in Pride and Prejudice, Seyton the Porter in Macbeth, Mr. Fezziwig in A Christmas Carol, Marcellus/The Gravedigger in Hamlet, Colonel Pickering in My Fair Lady, The Old Actor in The Fantasticks, Scrooge/Samuels in A Christmas Carol, King Lear in King Lear, John Falstaff in The Merry Wives of Windsor, Oberon/Theseus in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Your Chairman in The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Dorn in The Seagull, Deputy  Nineteen seasons with Great Lakes Theater | Previously for GLT: Sir Wilfrid Robarts, QC in Witness for the Prosecution, Sir William Lucas/Mr. Gardiner in Pride and Prejudice, Seyton the Porter in Macbeth, Mr. Fezziwig in A Christmas Carol, Marcellus/The Gravedigger in Hamlet, Colonel Pickering in My Fair Lady, The Old Actor...more

Elijah Dawson

Elijah Dawson

Cinna the Poet / Cato

Great Lakes Theater debut season | Elijah is thrilled to be making his Great Lake Theatre debut this season. Previous credits include Bobby in Memphis (Cain Park), Elisha Whitney in Anything Goes (Baldwin Wallace University), John the Baptist/Judas in Godspell (New London Barn Playhouse), Fred in Smokey Joe’s Cafe (Roper Theatre). Elijah is a senior at Baldwin Wallace University and will be receiving a BM in Music Theatre in May 2020. Without the love and support of his brother, his parents and God, he wouldn’t be where he is today. Also, love you BWMT20! Great Lakes Theater debut season | Elijah is thrilled to be making his Great Lake Theatre debut this season. Previous credits include Bobby in Memphis (Cain Park), Elisha Whitney in Anything Goes (Baldwin Wallace University), John the Baptist/Judas in Godspell (New London Barn Playhouse), Fred in Smokey Joe’s Cafe (Roper Theatre). Elijah is a senior at Baldwin Wallace University and...more

Jodi Dominick

Jodi Dominick*

Soothsayer

Eleven seasons with Great Lakes Theater | Previous shows include: Witness for the ProsecutionWait Until DarkMamma Mia!, Pride and Prejudice, Les Misérables, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Sweeney Todd, The MousetrapCabaretInto the WoodsTwelfth NightAn Ideal Husband, The Imaginary InvalidMy Fair Lady, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Richard III. Ten seasons at The Idaho Shakespeare Festival, GLT’s sister company. Other theaters: New World Stages, Hudson Backstage Theater, The Beck Center, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, The Hayworth Theatre, Dobama Theatre and Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. Jodi is a graduate of Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music. Eleven seasons with Great Lakes Theater | Previous shows include: Witness for the ProsecutionWait Until DarkMamma Mia!, Pride and Prejudice, Les Misérables, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Sweeney Todd, The MousetrapCabaretInto the WoodsTwelfth NightAn Ideal Husband, The Imaginary InvalidMy Fair Lady, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Richard III. Ten seasons at The Idaho Shakespeare Festival, GLT’s...more

Shelby Griswold

Shelby Griswold*

Citizen 2

Second season with Great Lakes Theater | Shelby is thrilled to be returning to Great Lakes Theatre for a second season. She was lucky enough to make her debut last season in Beehive: The 60's Musical (Laura/Janis Joplin). Previous credits include: Cabaret (Sally Bowles) at Baldwin Wallace University, Bring it On (Bridget), Once (Baruska) at Beck Center for the Arts, and Newsies (Hannah), Little Mermaid (Ensemble/Ursula u/s) at Forestburgh Playhouse. She is a current senior at Baldwin Wallace University and set to graduate with a Music Theatre degree in the spring. Much gratitude to her teachers for the opportunities and support. Thank you to her parents for their endless love and encouragement. @shelby__taylor  Second season with Great Lakes Theater | Shelby is thrilled to be returning to Great Lakes Theatre for a second season. She was lucky enough to make her debut last season in Beehive: The 60's Musical (Laura/Janis Joplin). Previous credits include: Cabaret (Sally Bowles) at Baldwin Wallace University, Bring it On (Bridget), Once (Baruska) at...more

Jahir Hipps

Jahir Hipps

Lucius

Great Lakes Theatre debut season | This is Jahir’s first season with GLT and is so blessed to be on board. He has performed many roles for which he’s proud, but most recently he was a Kit Kat Boy in Cabaret at Baldwin Wallace and Jeremy Heere in Playhouse Square’s production of Be More Chill. Jahir is a Junior at Baldwin Wallace University and would like to thank his mother, grandmother and Randy for their constant support and all of the BW Faculty that helped make this opportunity possible. Enjoy the show! Great Lakes Theatre debut season | This is Jahir’s first season with GLT and is so blessed to be on board. He has performed many roles for which he’s proud, but most recently he was a Kit Kat Boy in Cabaret at Baldwin Wallace and Jeremy Heere in Playhouse Square’s production...more

Jillian Kates

Jillian Kates*

Portia

Six season with Great Lakes Theater | Select previous roles include: Donna in Mamma Mia!, Jane in Pride and Prejudice, Eliza in My Fair Lady, Lily in The Secret Garden, Titania in A Midsummer Night's Dream and Texas/Sally u/s in Cabaret. Jillian also appeared on the road with the Broadway National Tour of Wicked as the Glinda and Nessarose u/s. She is a very proud graduate of Baldwin Wallace University’s Music Theatre Program. So many thanks and to Vicky, Charlie, Sara, Matt, Jackie, the entire cast, crew and company that make up this magic filled festival that has become my artistic home. All my love to my parents, sibs, squeebs and Mack! @smallfirevintage Six season with Great Lakes Theater | Select previous roles include: Donna in Mamma Mia!, Jane in Pride and Prejudice, Eliza in My Fair Lady, Lily in The Secret Garden, Titania in A Midsummer Night's Dream and Texas/Sally u/s in Cabaret. Jillian also appeared on the road with the Broadway National Tour of Wicked as the Glinda and Nessarose u/s. She is a very proud graduate of...more

Marcus Martin

Marcus Martin*

Cinna the Conspirator / Titinius

Great Lakes Theatre debut season | As a Northeast Ohio native, Marcus is thrilled to be spending his first fall at the Hanna Theatre with you all! Favorite credits include: The Wiz (The Lion), Little Shop of Horrors (Audrey II), Carousel (Enoch Snow), and Anything Goes (Moonface Martin). Marcus is a proud rising senior in the Music Theatre Program at Baldwin Wallace University. Much love to this cast, crew, God and of course Mama. Please continue to support the arts! @marcusm_330 Great Lakes Theatre debut season | As a Northeast Ohio native, Marcus is thrilled to be spending his first fall at the Hanna Theatre with you all! Favorite credits include: The Wiz (The Lion), Little Shop of Horrors (Audrey II), Carousel (Enoch Snow), and Anything Goes (Moonface Martin). Marcus is a...more

Jessie Cope Miller

Jessie Cope Miller*

Trebonius

Eight seasons with Great Lakes Theater | Previous shows include: Macbeth and Love’s Labour’s Lost at Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, Into the Woods at Idaho Shakespeare Festival and Great Lakes Theater, as well as A Christmas Carol. Other credits: Abuela Claudia (In The Heights), Lady of the Lake (Monty Python’s Spamalot), Irene Molloy (Hello Dolly!) and Leading Player (Pippin). A graduate of the Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music and a proud Actors’ Equity member since 2005. Many thanks to the entire company. Much love to Marlowe, family and friends. For Dougfred, Always. Eight seasons with Great Lakes Theater | Previous shows include: Macbeth and Love’s Labour’s Lost at Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, Into the Woods at Idaho Shakespeare Festival and Great Lakes Theater, as well as A Christmas Carol. Other credits: Abuela Claudia (In The Heights), Lady of the Lake (Monty Python’s Spamalot), Irene Molloy (Hello Dolly!) and Leading Player...more

Julian Remulla

Julian Remulla*

Octavius Caesar/Ensemble

Great Lakes Theater debut season | Previous shows include: The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, Theatre for a New Audience; Romeo and Juliet, The Way the Mountain Moved, Julius Caesar, Beauty and the Beast, Shakespeare in Love, Hamlet, The Winter's Tale, Timon of Athens, Oregon Shakespeare Festival; Appoggiatura, Denver Center Theatre Company.



Mack Shirilla

Mack Shirilla*

Metellus Cimber / Lucilius

Four seasons with Great Lakes Theater | Mack is happy to come back home for his fourth season with Great Lakes Theater! Previous credits include Eddie (Mamma Mia!) Francis (Forever Plaid), Huck Finn (Big River), Mike (Theory of Relativity), Cain/Japeth (Children of Eden), Chad (All Shook Up), Bobby C (Saturday Night Fever) and George (Spring Awakening). While offstage, he puts his eye for design to work building web sites and editing video for local businesses through his creative studio, Big Stache Design (www.bigstachedesign.com). He sends his love to Mom, Dad, Kristin, Jillian, his friends and everyone at Abrams Artists Agency for their never-ending love and support. @mackshirillla Four seasons with Great Lakes Theater | Mack is happy to come back home for his fourth season with Great Lakes Theater! Previous credits include Eddie (Mamma Mia!) Francis (Forever Plaid), Huck Finn (Big River), Mike (Theory of Relativity), Cain/Japeth (Children of Eden), Chad (All Shook Up), Bobby C (Saturday Night Fever)...more

David Anthony Smith

David Anthony Smith*

Decius Brutus / Pindarus

Seventeen seasons with Great Lakes Theater | GLT: Vincentio/Ensemble (Witness for the Prosecution), Prospero (The Tempest), Iago (Othello), Jaques (As You Like It), Duke of Buckingham (Richard III), Muggeridge/Christmas Present/Debtor (A Christmas Carol), Viscount Goring (An Ideal Husband), Bottom (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Malvolio (Twelfth Night), Macduff (Macbeth), Benedick (Much Ado About Nothing), Sergius (Arms and the Man) and Algernon (The Importance of Being Earnest). He has performed at the Tony Award-winning Old Globe Theater in San Diego, South Coast Repertory, Laguna Playhouse, Sierra Rep, Madison Rep and Shakespeare festivals of Utah, Idaho, Colorado, Garden Grove, Rhode Island, Nevada and Lake Tahoe. Forever and a day — Natalia. Seventeen seasons with Great Lakes Theater | GLT: Vincentio/Ensemble (Witness for the Prosecution), Prospero (The Tempest), Iago (Othello), Jaques (As You Like It), Duke of Buckingham (Richard III), Muggeridge/Christmas Present/Debtor (A Christmas Carol), Viscount Goring (An Ideal Husband), Bottom (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Malvolio (Twelfth Night), Macduff (Macbeth), Benedick (Much Ado...more

Nick Steen

Nick Steen*

Mark Antony

Seven seasons with Great Lakes Theater | Nick is deeply honored to return to the Hanna. Previous roles include: Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice, Sam in Mamma Mia!, MacDuff in Macbeth, Theseus and Oberon in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Laertes in Hamlet, Mike Talman in Wait Until Dark, Phillip Lombard in And Then There Were None, Clifford in Deathtrap, Bob Cratchit in A Christmas Carol. Nick holds an MFA from the American Conservatory Theater. Nick hosts an automotive webseries, Gearhead Garage, that he and his wife Nicki created. Nick has endless gratitude for his family and his wife. <4 you, my gorgeous fish! www.NickSteen.com Seven seasons with Great Lakes Theater | Nick is deeply honored to return to the Hanna. Previous roles include: Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice, Sam in Mamma Mia!, MacDuff in Macbeth, Theseus and Oberon in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Laertes in Hamlet, Mike Talman in Wait Until Dark, Phillip Lombard...more

Alex Syiek

Alex Syiek*

Casca / Messala

Five seasons with Great Lakes Theater | Previous GLT credits: Bill in Mamma Mia!, Fitzwilliam in Pride and Prejudice, Clopin in The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Snout/Cobweb in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Pistol in The Merry Wives of Windsor, Factory Foreman/Claquesous/Grantaire in Les Misérables, Richmond in Richard III. Other favorite credits: Andrew Jackson in Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (Color and Light Theatre Ensemble), Bob White in White Christmas (Northern Stage), Mr. Franklin in Passing Strange (14th Street Theatre). BM in Music Theatre performance from Baldwin Wallace University and an MFA in Musical Theatre Writing from NYU. Proud member of Actor’s Equity. He would love to thank his mother, father and sister for their support.www.alexsyiek.com Five seasons with Great Lakes Theater | Previous GLT credits: Bill in Mamma Mia!, Fitzwilliam in Pride and Prejudice, Clopin in The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Snout/Cobweb in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Pistol in The Merry Wives of Windsor, Factory Foreman/Claquesous/Grantaire in Les Misérables, Richmond in Richard III. Other favorite credits: Andrew Jackson in Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (Color and Light Theatre Ensemble), Bob...more

M.A. Taylor

M.A. Taylor*

Calphurnius / Strato

Seventeen seasons with Great Lakes | M.A. gladly returns to share his work with the generous citizens of Cuyahoga County. Previous credits include: Tailor/Ensemble (Taming of the Shrew), Carter/Dr. Wyatt (Witness for the Prosecution), Charity Man/Old Joe (A Christmas Carol), Murderer (Macbeth), Puck (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Reynaldo (Hamlet), Feste (Twelfth Night), Doolittle (My Fair Lady), Rogers (And Then There Were None), Nathaniel (Love’s Labor’s Lost). Also performed at PTTP/Rep, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival and Boise Contemporary Theater. He holds an MFA from the University of Delaware’s Professional Theatre Training Program (PTTP). Many thanks to his families (genetic & professional). To the memory of his brother, Dougfred Miller. Forever. Seventeen seasons with Great Lakes | M.A. gladly returns to share his work with the generous citizens of Cuyahoga County. Previous credits include: Tailor/Ensemble (Taming of the Shrew), Carter/Dr. Wyatt (Witness for the Prosecution), Charity Man/Old Joe (A Christmas Carol), Murderer (Macbeth), Puck (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Reynaldo (Hamlet), Feste (Twelfth...more

Boe Wank

Boe Wank*

Citizen 1

Great Lakes Theatre debut season | Previous credits include: the national tour of Kathleen Marshall’s Tony Award-winning revival of Anything Goes!Disney’s Beauty and The Beast (LeFou)A Chorus Line (Mike), Little Women (Laurie) and All Shook Up (Dean Hyde). Other favorites: Singin’ in the RainGreaseLegally BlondeJesus Christ SuperstarOklahoma!Hello Dolly! and 42nd Street. Living in NYC by way of Ohio, Boe is a graduate of Baldwin Wallace’s Musical Theatre Program and a proud member of Actor’s Equity. All love and thanks to Vicky, the cast, crew and company of GLT, and— as always— my beautiful family.  Great Lakes Theatre debut season | Previous credits include: the national tour of Kathleen Marshall’s Tony Award-winning revival of Anything Goes!Disney’s Beauty and The Beast (LeFou)A Chorus Line (Mike), Little Women (Laurie) and All Shook Up (Dean Hyde). Other favorites: Singin’ in the RainGreaseLegally BlondeJesus Christ SuperstarOklahoma!Hello Dolly! and 42nd Street. Living in NYC by way of...more

* Members of the Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

Sara Bruner

Director

Fourteen seasons with Great Lakes Theater | Directing: Oregon Shakespeare Festival: Daedalus Project Variety Show 2015The Children’s Monologues (U.S. Premiere), Cabaret (staged reading). Great Lakes Theater: The Taming of the Shrew, A Christmas Carol (4 seasons). Idaho Shakespeare Fesitval: directed/adapted educational tours of Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, Othello, Much Ado About Nothing, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Julius Caesar, Twelfth Night, The Taming of the Shrew. Other Theaters: A Ghost Sonata (Drop Dance Collective), Eurydice (Baldwin Wallace University). Acting: Arena Stage; Berkeley Rep: Norma McCorvey in ROE (World Premiere); Oregon Shakespeare Festival: Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet, Viola and Sebastian in Twelfth Night, Sue Trinder in Fingersmith (World Premiere), LeFou in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Charles Wallace in A Wrinkle in Time (World Premiere); Great Lakes Theater/Idaho Shakespeare (10 and 19 seasons respectively): Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd, Queen Elizabeth in Richard III, Fr. Kost in Cabaret, Kate in The Taming of the Shrew, Toinette in The Imaginary Invalid, Ariel in The Tempest, Drood in The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Viola in Twelfth Night, Miss Casewell in The Mousetrap, Abigail in The Crucible. Awards: 2018 Princess Grace Award, Directing. . Fourteen seasons with Great Lakes Theater | Directing: Oregon Shakespeare Festival: Daedalus Project Variety Show 2015The Children’s Monologues (U.S. Premiere), Cabaret (staged reading). Great Lakes Theater: The Taming of the Shrew, A Christmas Carol (4 seasons). Idaho Shakespeare Fesitval: directed/adapted educational tours of Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, Othello, Much Ado About Nothing, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Julius Caesar, Twelfth Night, The Taming of the Shrew. Other Theaters: A Ghost Sonata (Drop Dance Collective), Eurydice (Baldwin Wallace University). Acting: Arena Stage; Berkeley Rep: Norma McCorvey in ROE (World Premiere); Oregon Shakespeare Festival: Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet,...more

Charles Fee

Producing Artistic Director

Eighteen seasons with Great Lakes Theater | Directing credits at GLT: Witness for the Prosecution, Misery, Macbeth, Hamlet, And Then There Were None, Dial “M” for Murder, Deathtrap, Blithe Spirit, Romeo and Juliet, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Twelfth Night, The Comedy of Errors, Macbeth, All’s Well That Ends Well, Hay Fever, The Importance of Being Earnest, Arms and the Man and The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged). Charles holds a unique position in the American theater as producing artistic director of three independently operated, professional theater companies: Great Lakes Theater in Cleveland, Ohio (since 2002); Idaho Shakespeare Festival in Boise, Idaho (since 1991) and Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival in Incline Village, Nevada (since 2010). His appointments have resulted in a dynamic and groundbreaking producing model for the companies, in which more than 60 plays have been shared since 2002. In 2009, Charles was honored to receive recognition for his leadership by the Cleveland Arts Prize as a recipient of the Martha Joseph Award. Other awards include The Mayor’s and Governor’s awards for Excellence in the Arts, Idaho. From 1988 to 1992, he held the position of artistic director at the Sierra Repertory Theatre in California. He has also worked with The Old Globe, La Jolla Playhouse, the Milwaukee and Missouri repertory theaters, Actor’s Theatre of Phoenix and the Los Angeles Shakespeare Festival. In addition to his work with the companies in Ohio, Idaho and Nevada, Charles is active within the community. He has served as a member of the strategic planning committee for the Morrison Center, as producer of the FUNDSY Award Gala (’96, ’98 and 2000), and as producer of the 1996 Idaho Governor’s Awards in the Arts. Charles has served on the board of the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce and as a member of the Downtown Rotary Club. He received his BA from the University of the Pacific and Master of Fine Arts from the University of California, San Diego. Along with his wife, Lidia and daughter, Alexa, Charles resides in Boise, Cleveland and Lake Tahoe — a feat that is only possible because of the incredible love and support of his family, and the generous communities he serves! Eighteen seasons with Great Lakes Theater | Directing credits at GLT: Witness for the Prosecution, Misery, Macbeth, Hamlet, And Then There Were None, Dial “M” for Murder, Deathtrap, Blithe Spirit, Romeo and Juliet, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Twelfth Night, The Comedy of Errors, Macbeth, All’s Well That Ends Well, Hay Fever, The Importance of Being Earnest, Arms and the Man and The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged). Charles holds a...more

Nicki Cathro

Production Stage Manager

Four Season with Great Lakes Theater | Nicki is thrilled to be returning for her fourth season at the Hanna. Previously she's worked as an Assistant Stage Manager for Witness for the Prosecution, Misery, Macbeth and Pride and Prejudice; and as Production Assistant for A Christmas Carol, Hamlet, The Hunchback of Notre Dame and A Midsummer Night's Dream at Great Lakes Theater and ISF. Nicki earned her BFA in Radio, Television and Film from the University of North Texas. She also works in film production and photography and is incredibly lucky to work with her husband Nick <4. For more information on her media company, visit www.cavernmedia.com. Four Season with Great Lakes Theater | Nicki is thrilled to be returning for her fourth season at the Hanna. Previously she's worked as an Assistant Stage Manager for Witness for the Prosecution, Misery, Macbeth and Pride and Prejudice; and as Production Assistant for A Christmas Carol, Hamlet, The Hunchback of Notre Dame and A Midsummer Night's Dream at Great Lakes Theater and ISF. Nicki earned her BFA in Radio, Television and Film from the University...more

Kelsey James

Assistant Stage Manager

Great Lakes Theater debut season | Other recent credits: The Music Man (Assistant Stage Manager: Idaho Shakespeare Festival), My Fair Lady, West Side Story, Fiddler on the Roof, Julius Caesar, The Winter’s Tale (Production Stage Manager: Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre); La Cage aux Folles, In the Heights (Assistant Stage Manager: Pioneer Theatre Company); Swing! The Musical, The Marvelous Wonderettes (Stage Manager: Little Theatre of the Rockies). Kelsey received her BA from Idaho State University and is a graduate of the University of Iowa Stage Management MFA program. Proud member of Actors’ Equity Association. Love and thanks to Kai and family for your constant support! Great Lakes Theater debut season | Other recent credits: The Music Man (Assistant Stage Manager: Idaho Shakespeare Festival), My Fair Lady, West Side Story, Fiddler on the Roof, Julius Caesar, The Winter’s Tale (Production Stage Manager: Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre); La Cage aux Folles, In the Heights (Assistant Stage Manager: Pioneer Theatre Company); Swing! The Musical, The Marvelous Wonderettes (Stage Manager: Little Theatre of the Rockies). Kelsey received her BA from Idaho State University and is a graduate of the University of Iowa Stage Management MFA program....more

Rick Martin

Lighting Designer

Eighteen seasons with Great Lakes Theater | Many productions with GLT including The TempestRomeo and Juliet and Hamlet. Opera: Mitridate, Re di Ponto (La Monnaie, Brussels – scenery and lighting), Le Diable dans le beffroiLa Chute de la Maison Usher (Opéra national de Paris – scenery and lighting), BUTTERFLY - d'après Madama Butterfly de Puccini (Opera de Limoges and Opera de Rouen, France - lighting) and Dialogues des Carmèlites (Opéra de Toulon). Concerts: Harawi (Opèra Comique, Paris – scenery and lighting), Le martyre de Saint Sèbastien (Citè de la Musique, Paris). Coming up: scenery for the Da Ponte Trilogy: Le nozze de Figaro, Don Giovanni, Così fan tutte at La Monnaie in Brussels and Teatro Massimo in Palermo. Member: United Scenic Artists, Local USA 829, IATSE. Eighteen seasons with Great Lakes Theater | Many productions with GLT including The TempestRomeo and Juliet and Hamlet. Opera: Mitridate, Re di Ponto (La Monnaie, Brussels – scenery and lighting), Le Diable dans le beffroiLa Chute de la Maison Usher (Opéra national de Paris – scenery and lighting), BUTTERFLY - d'après Madama Butterfly de Puccini (Opera de Limoges and Opera de Rouen, France - lighting) and Dialogues des Carmèlites (Opéra de Toulon). Concerts: Harawi (Opèra Comique, Paris – scenery and lighting), Le martyre de Saint Sèbastien (Citè de la Musique, Paris). Coming up: scenery for the...more

Ken Merckx

Fight Choreographer

Thirteen seasons with Great Lakes Theater | Ken Merckx has choreographed fights and taught actors theatrical combat for film, television, theater and universities all across the country. Ken is the resident fight choreographer for the Idaho and Lake Tahoe Shakespeare festivals, A Noise Within (Los Angeles) and the Great Lakes Theater (Cleveland). Mr. Merckx received his MFA in acting from the University of Illinois and his BA in theater studies from the University of Washington.

Russell Metheny

Scenic Designer

Fifteen seasons with Great Lakes Theater | For GLT: Twelfth NightAnd Then There Were NoneDial “M” for MurderThe TempestDeathtrapAs You Like ItBlithe SpiritThe MousetrapThe Two Gentlemen of VeronaOthelloThe SeagullThe Comedy of ErrorsLove’s Labor’s Lost, Measure For MeasureArsenic and Old LaceJulius Caesar and The Merry Wives of Windsor. For ISF, he has designed The 39 StepsThe Two Gentlemen of VeronaThe Woman In BlackA Tuna ChristmasGreater TunaKing Lear and others. Recent productions include Both Your HousesPhiladelphiaHere I Come!My Fair Lady1776 for Asolo Theatre. Regionally, Russell has designed for Indiana Rep, Asolo Theatre, ACT San Francisco, Maltz Jupiter Theatre, Syracuse Stage, Geva Theatre and Goodspeed Musicals among others. Fifteen seasons with Great Lakes Theater | For GLT: Twelfth NightAnd Then There Were NoneDial “M” for MurderThe TempestDeathtrapAs You Like ItBlithe SpiritThe MousetrapThe Two Gentlemen of VeronaOthelloThe SeagullThe Comedy of ErrorsLove’s Labor’s Lost, Measure For MeasureArsenic and Old LaceJulius Caesar and The Merry Wives of Windsor. For ISF, he has designed The 39 StepsThe Two Gentlemen of VeronaThe Woman In BlackA Tuna ChristmasGreater TunaKing Lear and others. Recent productions include Both Your HousesPhiladelphiaHere I Come!My Fair Lady1776 for Asolo Theatre. Regionally, Russell has...more

Jaclyn Miller

Assistant Director

Three Seasons with Great Lakes Theater | Choreography credit for GLT: Mamma Mia!Taming of the ShrewPride and PrejudiceHunchback of Notre Dame. Regional: Oregon Shakespeare Festival: HairsprayBook of WillShakespeare in LoveTwelfth NightYeoman of GuardFingersmith (world premiere), Much Ado About Nothing, The CocoanutsMy Fair Lady, Taming of the Shrew; Guthrie Theatre: The Cocoanuts; Baltimore Center Stage: Fun Home. Additionally, Jaclyn has worked as an Associate Director and/or Choreographer around the country. Such theaters include: Kirk Douglas Theatre, Ogunquit Playhouse, Gateway Playhouse, Parker Playhouse, Colony Theatre, Berkshire Theatre Festival and Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma. Love and thanks to Vicky, Charlie and SB.  Three Seasons with Great Lakes Theater | Choreography credit for GLT: Mamma Mia!Taming of the ShrewPride and PrejudiceHunchback of Notre Dame. Regional: Oregon Shakespeare Festival: HairsprayBook of WillShakespeare in LoveTwelfth NightYeoman of GuardFingersmith (world premiere), Much Ado About Nothing, The CocoanutsMy Fair Lady, Taming of the Shrew; Guthrie Theatre: The Cocoanuts; Baltimore Center Stage: Fun Home. Additionally, Jaclyn has worked as an Associate Director and/or Choreographer around the country. Such theaters include: Kirk Douglas Theatre, Ogunquit Playhouse, Gateway Playhouse, Parker Playhouse, Colony Theatre, Berkshire Theatre...more

Leah Piehl

Costume Designer

Two seasons with Great Lakes Theater | Costume Design: Romeo and Juliette (OSF); Halfway to Dawn (BAM); Krapps Last Tape, Hughie (Geffen Playhouse); KingsOnce, The Light in the Piazza (South Coast Rep); Race, Twist Your Dickens (Kirk Douglas/CTG); The Steward of Christendom (Mark Taper Forum/CTG); The Most Deserving (Denver Center Theater); Stardust (REDCAT); Intimate Apparel, Pygmalion, The Heiress (Pasadena Playhouse); Arcadia, The Doctor’s Dilemma, The Eccentricities of a Nightingale (A Noise Within); Paradise Lost (Intiman Theatre); Bars and Measures, Futura, The Pain and the Itch, Tartuffe (The Theatre at Boston Court); Hedda Gabbler (Antaeus). She designed the feature films All Stars and Buzzkill. Her work has been featured at MOMA, Art Basel Miami and 2010 Whitney Biennial. Piehl has a BA from UC Berkeley and her MFA in costume design from CalArts. www.leahpiehl.com.com Two seasons with Great Lakes Theater | Costume Design: Romeo and Juliette (OSF); Halfway to Dawn (BAM); Krapps Last Tape, Hughie (Geffen Playhouse); KingsOnce, The Light in the Piazza (South Coast Rep); Race, Twist Your Dickens (Kirk Douglas/CTG); The Steward of Christendom (Mark Taper Forum/CTG); The Most Deserving (Denver Center Theater); Stardust (REDCAT); Intimate Apparel, Pygmalion, The Heiress (Pasadena Playhouse); Arcadia, The Doctor’s Dilemma, The Eccentricities of a Nightingale (A Noise Within); Paradise Lost (Intiman Theatre); Bars and Measures, Futura, The Pain and the Itch, Tartuffe (The Theatre at Boston Court); Hedda Gabbler (Antaeus). She designed the feature films All Stars and...more

Matthew Webb

Sound Designer

Fourteen seasons with Great Lakes Theater | Matthew is music director for music theatre at Baldwin Wallace University. As music director for Great Lakes Theater: Mamma Mia!, Beehive, Forever Plaid, The Fantasticks, Sweeney Todd, Sondheim on Sondheim, Guys and Dolls, Cabaret, Bat Boy: The Musical, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Into the Woods, A Christmas Carol, Two Gentlemen of Verona and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. Elsewhere: LIZZIE (Playhouse Square), Once (Beck Center), Hair (Cain Park and Kent State). Previous sound design at GLT: Taming of the Shrew, Macbeth and Hamlet. Many thanks to Vicky, Sara, Charlie and his incredible parents, Carol and Jerry. Fourteen seasons with Great Lakes Theater | Matthew is music director for music theatre at Baldwin Wallace University. As music director for Great Lakes Theater: Mamma Mia!, Beehive, Forever Plaid, The Fantasticks, Sweeney Todd, Sondheim on Sondheim, Guys and Dolls, Cabaret, Bat Boy: The Musical, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Into the Woods, A Christmas Carol, Two Gentlemen of Verona and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. Elsewhere: LIZZIE (Playhouse Square),...more

Tuesday, October 08, 2019

The production is riveting...This is Shakespeare staging and performance at its finest.

By Dr. Roy Berko, BroadwayWorld

The production is riveting. It is fast paced, lines clearly stated, actions exciting, and acting well-textured. This is Shakespeare staging and performance at its finest. It's a must see for anyone who enjoys good theater. Kudos to Sara Bruner and her fine cast and technical staff!rnRead the full review here.

Monday, October 07, 2019

This is great theater and should not be missed.

By Mark Horning, The Mark of Excellence!

Great Lakes Theater is renowned for presenting the very best in classic theater that includes the finest renderings of Shakespearean plays in the country. Their newest production of Julius Caesar is nothing short of spectacular with some wonderful surprises in the casting.

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Tuesday, October 08, 2019

...a fantastically rendered political tragedy.

By Gwendolyn Kochur, Cleveland Scene

One of the main themes to this play is that the means don’t always justify the ends. In GLT’s Julius Caesar, the means of the production — the apocalyptic setting, the modern Rome-inspired garb and the gender-altering casting —  certainly justify the ends, which is a fantastically rendered political tragedy.

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Tuesday, October 08, 2019

Loved it!

By Dwayne, Audience Member

Loved it! Cassius & Portia in Act I and Brutus & Antony in Act II blew the lid off. WOW!

Monday, October 07, 2019

They never fail to deliver richly drawn characters...

By Bob Ableman, Cleveland Jewish News

...or find that elusive place where Shakespeare’s words organically exist in our world.

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Tuesday, October 08, 2019

Great show!

By Jennifer, Audience Member

Great show!

Friday, October 11, 2019

... intriguing and enthralling...

By Kate Klotzbach, KateKlotzbach.com

...Sara Bruner’s Julius Caesar is intriguing and enthralling, and is worthy of following – no overthrow needed!

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