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Thursday, April 11, 2013

Et ego, Brute.

"Et tu, Brute?"
Paterson Joseph, who plays Marcus Brutus, and the cast of Julius Caesar. (Photo: Elena Olivo)
To kick-off our event-filled month of April, we welcomed the world renowned Royal Shakespeare Company back to the BAM stage with its much anticipated production of Julius Caesar. This vibrant production is directed by Gregory Doran with an African inspired set and features an all black cast, including a chorus of community members. 

Sir Patrick Stewart, who was in the first RSC production to come to BAM in 1971, A Midsummer Night's Dream, with Gregory Doran, artistic director of the RSC and director of Julius Caesar. (Photo: Elena Olivo)

BAM President Karen Brooks Hopkins and Executive Producer Joseph V. Melillo spoke at the event, welcoming the company and patrons. Laura Egodigwe from Bank of America, Gregory Doran, and Catherine Mallyon, executive producer of the Royal Shakespeare Company spoke at the party as well. Among the many guests in attendance, was long-time BAM supporter, actor, and friend Sir Patrick Stewart.

Read on for more about the Opening Night Reception and for more information about our many upcoming events!

Community chorus members at the Julius Caesar Opening Night Reception. (Photo: Elena Olivo)

We were excited to celebrate with an Opening Night Reception that featured an African-themed menu provided by Great Performances, a spicy cocktail called the Et Tu Brooklyn created by Reid Dougherty of Brooklyn Gin, and beer from Brooklyn Brewery. A special thanks to Fleurs Bella for always providing the most spectacular decor at our events!

Next week, we will celebrate the Opening Night of David et Jonathas in the BAM Opera House and Lepercq Space. To read about our other events, visit our events page.

(L-R) Representatives from our BAM 2013 Theater Sponsor, Bank of America, Laura Egodigwe and guest; Karen Brooks Hopkins, BAM President; Gregory Doran, Artistic Director of RSC and director of Julius Caesar; Joseph V. Melillo, BAM Executive Producer (Photo: Elena Olivo)
Chinna Wodu, who plays Cinna in Julius Caesar, and guests (Photo: Elena Olivo)

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