Julius Caesar was at the pinnacle of power in ancient Rome. For years, he eluded the (mostly) senators who wanted to prosecute him, or worse. In 44 BCE, on the Ides of March, he was assassinated in the Senate, finally tipping the Roman Republic. That moment is captured in Shakespeare's play, Julius Caesar, in which the celebrated politician and military commander's best friend, Brutus, must choose between loyalty to his benefactor and the patriots who would see Caesar thrown into the Tiber. Running Aug. 1-29, Idaho Shakespeare Festival's production will capture the political moment and throw in a surprise to boot: In an unusual move, Carole Healey, a woman, has been cast as Caesar, a wrinkle that's sure to have people talking long after they leave the theater.
Various times, $13-$57. Idaho Shakespeare Festival, 5657 E. Warm Springs Ave., Boise, idahoshakespeare.org.