Julius Caesar: Act 5, Scene 3 (part 1)

OK, we haven't had many major deaths in Julius Caesar so far. Caesar, obviously, and Cinna the poet, but no other on-stage deaths. 



This is Titinius. He previously appeared in the tent scene, where he said, and I quote, "Goodnight, Lord Brutus", a line which he had to share with Messala. He's famous for being a total cipher of a character who suddenly becomes incredibly important to the plot.

He is also responsible for giving birth to the timeless phrase "Who the **** is Titinius?"

How to Draw Julius Caesar

Hi there. This is extremely vexing but, for a variety of reasons, I haven't managed to finish the next part of A Stick Figure Julius Caesar yet. This vexes me. I'm terribly vexed. So, to give me a bit more breathing space without depriving you of fun Shakespeare content, here's a video I created a while back for my top tier supporters on Patreon:

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Julius Caesar: Act 4, Scene 2 (part 4)

We've finally reached the end of The Tent Scene! Let's celebrate by hosting a supernatural apparition! 

I actually love the short interaction betwen Brutus and the ghost. It's so repetitive:

BRUTUS: Why comest thou?
GHOST: To tell thee thou shalt see me at Philippi.
BRUTUS: Well: then I shall see thee again?
GHOST: Ay, at Philippi.
BRUTUS: Why, I will see thee at Philippi then.

I like to imagine the ghost being like... "Yes, I just said Philippi, are you even listening? Stop making me repeat myself."

Julius Caesar: Act 4, Scene 2 (part 3)

So, where are we now?

We're still in the tent! Talking about stuff!

This bit of the tent scene is primarily exposition, although it does feature Brutus putting on his best "Brave, Stoic, & Noble" act.

Also, Brutus deliberately forces Messala (the guy in the helmet) to break the news of Portia's death to him, even though he already knows about it. I think that's a rotten thing to do to Messala, honestly. Way to unnecessarily put him in a really awkward and uncomfortable position, Brutus. 


I was at the Shakespeare Theatre Association's annual conference last weekend and had the opportunity to sit down with the hosts of No Holds Bard (the Shakespeare podcast Shakespeare would have listened to) for a second year in a row. This time I joined Jenn Deon of Persistence Theatre, Brett Elliot of Kingsmen Shakespeare Company, and Lesley Currier of Marin Shakespeare Company to participate in the second Fantasy Shakespeare Season draft.

We all took turns selecting Shakespeare plays to include in our hypothetical theatre seasons. I'm quite pleased with how my season turned out; I'm regretting my round two pick, and I don't know how many producers would be willing to finance it, but it's got a solid theme and I'd be genuinely excited to see almost all of them (round two pick notwithstanding).

Give it a listen below or head on over to No Holds Bard

Julius Caesar: Act 4, Scene 2 (part 2)

More tent scene! When we last left our anti-heroes, they were busy squabbling.


If you're wondering who that guy is who interrupts Brutus and Cassius's hug-it-out session, it's "Poet", not to be confused with "Cinna the Poet", and also not to be confused with "Character Who Is Remotely Relevant".

"Poet" is apparently based on Marcus Favonius, a philosopher and senator whom Plutarch credits for helping heal the rift between Brutus and Cassius... which would be fine, except that in Shakespeare's play, he enters after Brutus and Cassius have reconciled, making him totally irrelevant and, unsurprisingly, often cut from productions. I don't think I've ever seen "Poet" on stage.