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Ryan Knowles

Ryan Knowles

Co-writers Alfred Preisser (Co-Founder, Classical Theatre of Harlem) and Randy Weiner (owner of the notorious night spot, The Box) have teamed up to create CALIGULA MAXIMUS, a new play that takes place on the last night of the infamous dictator’s life.

Presented by La MaMa, e.t.c., CALIGULA MAXIMUS is a project with Hammerstein & Weiner, LLC, Christopher McElroen, Alfred Preisser and Kingsize, USA.

Justine Joli

Justine Joli

Helmed by Alfred Preisser, CALIGULA MAXIMUS, begins previews at the Ellen Stewart Theatre, 66 E. 4th St, in New York on March 12. Opening night is set for March 19th and the show will continue through April 3rd. Performances are Thursday and Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 8pm and 10pm.
 Lady Circus troupe aerialist Anya Sapozhnikova

Lady Circus troupe aerialist Anya Sapozhnikova

With a cast that includes Ryan Knowles as Caligula, adult film star and Penthouse Pet Justine Joli, Lady Circus troupe aerialist Anya Sapozhnikova, award-winning competitive bodybuilders Myra Adams and Roxanne Edwards, Coney Island Sideshow tattooed muscleman Tim Dax, and an outrageous collection of over two-dozen circus performers, wrestlers, showgirls and freaks, CALIGULA MAXIMUS audiences should expect “an entertainment” that will test their limits of human intellect and appetite.
Coney Island Sideshow tattooed muscleman Tim DAX Photo by Arnoldo Vargas

Coney Island Sideshow tattooed muscleman Tim DAX Photo by Arnoldo Vargas

In CALIGULA MAXIMUS, Caligula senses the encroachment of monotheistic religions (Christianity and Judaism) and holds a phantasmagoric revival meeting in which he attempts to save the world by ushering in a new religion with himself as its principle prophet and god. As the revival meeting reaches fever pitch, his troupe grows weary of being used as toys, gains a sense of their own power and, bedecked in the war paint and leather costumes of barbarian invaders, descend upon him and murder him in mob frenzy. Six different languages will occur throughout the production in song and at the Coliseum.

Roxanne Edwards

Roxanne Edwards

Rounding out the cast in multiple roles are Alexandra Bernard, Luqman Brown, Angela Buccinni, Claire Buckingham, Eric Dorfman, Alicia Giangrisostomi, Jeff Goldfisher, Sarah Hassan, Naima Ince, David King, Jessica Krueger, Andrews Landsman, Elinor Lerner, Channing McKindra, Ella Mische, Alexandra Petrova, Charletta Rozell, Alicia St. Louis, JerZ Short, Aaron Strand, Tricia Storie, Miriam Tabb, Jenny Weinbloom and Elian Zach.

With sets, rigging and lighting by Evan Collier, costumes by Laura Clarke and musical direction by Joe Shavel. Tickets are $30, $25 for students and seniors and can be purchased online at or by calling the box office at 1-866-811-4111. For more information, visit

Myra Adams

Myra Adams Photo by Dan Ray

Thursday and Friday at 8:00 pm
Saturday at 8:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.
Previews begin March 12th
Opens March 19th
Ellen Stewart Theatre
66 E. 4th St., between 2nd Avenue and The Bowery



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