'Julius X' remixes Malcolm and Shakespeare in Detroit
How's this for confidence? In his play 'Julius X,' Al Letson Jr. dares to alter the way we think about two iconic figures, Julius Caesar and Malcolm X -- three, if you count Shakespeare.
'Julius X,' in its world premiere at Plowshares Theatre, re-imagines Shakespeare's 'Julius Caesar' as the story of Malcolm X's assassination -- and vice versa. Brutus and Cassius are renamed Brutus Muhammad and Cassius 10X. Like their Shakespearean counterparts, the chief conspirators are motivated by a jumble of jealousy, ambition and patriotism -- the latter meaning devotion to Harlem, the Nation of Islam and black people in general."