One of the cast members to have done the most research, the talented Elle Miceli- playing the role of Cassius- dove into the past as soon as she got the part, exploring the historical account of Caesar’s death and pouring over primary sources concerning each character’s real-life counterpart, all of which is clearly evident in her portrayal of Cassius and her understanding of the play. As we continue to celebrate our opening weekend of Julius Caesar, Elle took some time to describe her character and share a few words on her relationship with the world of theater.
How are you associated with Ghostlight? How did you get involved and what other shows have you been in?
This is my third show with Ghostlight. My first was Macbeth. I heard about auditions through a friend and couldn't pass up the chance to work on my favorite Shakespearean play. I was also in Comedy or Errors last year.
What other theater have you been/are you involved in?
I got my acting start about 3 years ago with the Dearly Departed Players doing the Dunmore Cemetery Tour. One of the tour's actors encouraged me to audition for Dracula with Actor's Circle in which I played Lucy. Since then I have done a few one acts at both Actor's Circle and Diva Theatre at the Olde Brick.
What has been a favourite part of this production so far?
The stage combat! I am having far too much fun.
Who is your character and what is he or she like? Give any background and connections to other characters you feel necessary or interesting.
I feel that Cassius is very passionate and emotional which lends a counter balance to Brutus' stoicism. It may seem like she's the one pulling the strings behind this conspiracy but she defers to Brutus's opinion at several times in the play. I feel that her deep friendship with him and with Casca is one of the things that makes Cassius more sympathetic.
How does your character feel about Caesar? Do you want her dead? Why did you kill her?
Historically, Cassius was on Pompey's side in the war and fought against Caesar. I think she views Caesar as weak and undeserving and perhaps will not relinquish her hold on Rome without some force. As a solider, Cassius is not afraid to roll up her sleeves and do the dirty work.
What is your character’s motivation in the ensuing civil war? What is their goal or desire for the government?
For this question, I will quote the historical Cassius from one of his letters to Cicero:
"I beg of you to regard my claim to honor as committed to your care, if you realize that there is no danger, no toil, I have refused to face for my country, if it was at your insistence and with your encouragement that I took up arms against the most presumptuous brigands, if I have not only raised whole armies to defend the cause of the state and its liberty, but have even snatched it from the hands of the most bloodthirsty tyrants"