Rahway Residents Featured In Shakespeare’s Political Thriller “Julius Caesar”

WESTFIELD—Director Joseph Penczak is overseeing the production of “Julius Caesar,” one of William Shakespeare’s most often studied and quoted plays, to be performed outdoors at The Gazebo in Mindowaskin Park on August 28-30.

The play chronicles events leading to Caesar’s brutal assassination, Marc Antony’s famous eulogy, and the civil war that follows in this historic tragedy. Though set in 44 BC (complete with swordplay and togas,) audiences will be reminded that Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar” still applies in today’s political arena.


The 25-member cast includes local residents of Westfield and other nearby communities.  The main characters are among Shakespeare’s most memorable: Julius Caesar, Brutus, Cassius, and Marc Antony.

Featured in the production are Rahway residents Bill VanSant as Cassius, as well as Claudio M. Venancio in the dual roles of Metellus Cimber and Lucillius, and Reid VanSant, who plays several roles. The three are active participants in Rahway theatre: Bill VanSant is the founder and executive director of the Spanktown Theatre Company and runs the Rahway Summer Theatre Workshop. Both Venancio and Reid VanSant have appeared on the stages of both companies.

“Julius Caesar” will be performed on Friday, Aug. 28th at 7:30 p.m., Saturday Aug. 29 at 7:30 p.m., ending with a performance on Sunday, Aug. 30 at 2 p.m. Performances will be at The Gazebo in Mindowaskin Park, adjacent to Town Hall in Westfield. Admission is free, no tickets are necessary, and the audience is invited to bring picnic blankets and chairs.  Rain location is the Community Room in the Westfield Town Hall at 425 East Broad Street.

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