TEEN VOGUE: ‘Julius Caesar’ at All-Girls School Coming to Off-Broadway Stage
Gretchen Wieners will finally get her wish.
By Ella Ceron
There are a lot of memorable scenes in Mean Girls, the 2004 movie that taught us that “fetch” would never happen. But one of the most iconic might just be Gretchen Wieners’s big speech as she spirals off-topic from her English literature paper about Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar.
“Why should Caesar just get to stomp around like a giant while the rest of us try not to get smushed under his big feet?,” she asks. (A totally valid question, BTW.) “Brutus is just as cute as Caesar, right? Brutus is just as smart as Caesar, people totally like Brutus just as much as they like Caesar, and when did it become OK for one person to be the boss of everybody? Because that’s not what Rome is about! We should totally just STAB CAESAR!”
And while Cady Heron was right in assessing that “Gretchen Wieners had cracked,” it seems that one off-Broadway play is taking Gretchen’s analogy to heart.
On June 23, a new production of Shakespeare‘s historical tragedy about the Ides of March will debut at the Access Theater Gallery Space, according to Playbook. But there’s a twist: instead of the all-male cast that comprised every cast during the Bard’s time in England, this will feature a cast of women. The setting? An all-girls’ school.
Playbill reports that Julius Caesar will feature “the bard’s epic tale of jealousy and betrayal is given a contemporary twist in an all-girls high school, where a group of power-hungry teenagers engage in an unforgiving game of psychological warfare.” There’s also an eerie trailer for the play, which features a schoolgirl’s uniform that’s been bloodied in a very American Psycho way. Make no mistake: Brutus may be just as cute as Caesar, but she’s out for revenge.
And one — finally — for Gretchen Wieners.
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