Conversations in Tusculum

Play by Richard Nelson tells the plot to assassinate Julius Caesar.

When: Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012, 2 p.m.

Where: Center Stage Theater, 751 Paseo Nuevo, Santa Barbara

Cost: $18 - $22

Age limit: Not available

Categories: Theater


Playwright Richard Nelson is the recipient of a Tony Award, an Olivier Award, two Obie Awards and a New York Drama Critic’s Circle Award. Conversations in Tusculum brings to life the intense and controversial interactions among Brutus, Cassius, and Cicero leading up to the assassination of Julius Caesar. It is a riveting new work about power and its abuse, and shows how ancient Rome has startling resonance with our age. The New York Times review by Ben Brantley stated: "Set in country villas outside of Rome in the months before Caesar's assassination, 'Conversations In Tusculum' imagines the frustrations of fiery senators and warriors reduced to brooding in self-imposed isolation about the endangered civil freedoms of their republic." He also described it as "a deeply felt study of the hopelessness that comes with inaction."

Meticulously researched and thought-provoking, Conversations in Tusculum will be performed in Santa Barbara thanks to DIJO Productions and its Executive Director Jerry Oshinsky. It will be performed as a staged reading, in anticipation of a future full production. Other historical plays from DIJO include Frost/Nixon, The Love Song of J. Robert Oppenheimer, Hanna and Martin, and Fifteen Rounds with Jackson Pollock.

Director/actor Ed Giron has had recent theatre roles in Frost/Nixon (Indy Award for Performance) and English Bride in Santa Barbara, and Heartbreak House and Richard III in Los Angeles. His directing credits include The Persians, The Exonerated, Inherit the Wind, and English Bride.

Featured in the cast are Ed Giron(most recently having appeared in and directed English Bride at Center Stage), William Waxman(most recently seen at Center Stage in English Bride), Jerry Oshinsky(seen in The Exonerated and Vagina Monologues at Center Stage), Aden Hailu(seen at Center Stage in The Exonerated), Philip Levere(seen in The Exonerated at Center Stage), and Maia Mook(most recently seen at Center Stage in Vagina Monologues and The Exonerated).

Tickets are $22 for General Admission and $18 for students and seniors. Tickets may be purchased by phone, or online at

Phone: 805-963-0408

Event posted Oct. 17, 2012
Last updated Nov. 12, 2012


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