JMAE is thrilled to welcome Adam Belvon and The Brutes by Casey Wimpee; produced by spit&vigor
A feuding family’s ideologies set the stage for a national tragedy
spit&vigor present a story of the Booth brothers, Junius, Edwin… and John Wilkes.
Part of the 10th anniversary season of Planet Connections Theatre Festivity at the Theaters at the Clemente
107 Suffolk Street, New York City
(btw Rivington & Delancey)
Wednesday 7/18 @7:30pm-9pm
Saturday 7/21 @4:30pm-6pm
Thursday 7/26 @6:15pm-7:45pm
Sunday 7/29 @9pm-10:30pm
Monday 7/30 @7:30pm-9pm
Wednesday 8/1 @9:30pm-11pm
Casey Wimpee’s gripping play, THE BRUTES, takes you backstage of an historic performance of Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar” featuring the renowned theatrical Booth family – brothers Edwin, Junius Jr. and John Wilkes. This was the first and only time that the three brothers shared a stage together. The backstage drama becomes the focus of this portrait of their tempestuous relationship fraught with political conflict ending in an American tragedy.
Humor peppers this historical drama depicting John Wilkes Booth, a loyal Confederate, joining his Union family in New York City in November 1864 to do a play and ends with the burning of the original Winter Garden Theater in Manhattan 1864 and Booth’s assassination of the President Abraham Lincoln.
Staged in the Round by Sara Fellini utilizing minimal set pieces serving as everything from a theatre to a dinner table, THE BRUTES serves up civil strife, family devolution, and a country sharply divided. Today or 150 years ago, the parable of this drama remains strong.