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Ryan Knowles as Caligula in CALIGULA MAXIMUS Photo by Lia Chang

Ryan Knowles as Caligula in CALIGULA MAXIMUS Photo by Lia Chang


Ryan Knowles stars as Caligula in Alfred Preisser (Co-Founder, Classical Theatre of Harlem) and Randy Weiner‘s (owner of the notorious night spot, The Box) new play CALIGULA MAXIMUS, which is set on the last night of the infamous dictator’s life.

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.

Caligula (Ryan Knowles) rides his horse Incitatus (Tim DAX). Photo by Lia Chang

Caligula (Ryan Knowles) rides his horse Incitatus (Tim DAX). Photo by Lia Chang


Best known as the host of Nickelodeon’s daily live show ME:TV, Knowles most recently portrayed the “Wicked Witch of the West” in the National Tour of Todrick Hall’s OZ: The Musical. Off-Broadway, Knowles originated the role of “Nick Bottom” in the hit Shakespeare musical Fools In Love at the Manhattan Ensemble Theatre to great critical acclaim. Additionally, he originated the role of “Prospero” in Tempest: The Musical at the Cherry Lane Theatre, for which he co-wrote and adapted the book from Shakespeare’s original with composer Daniel Neiden, working with concept author Thomas Meehan (Annie, Hairspray, The Producers). Knowles was recruited by Disney to portray “The Genie” in Disney’s Aladdin: A Musical Spectacular, directed by Francesca Zambello (The Little Mermaid), a role for which he wrote his own material. On film, Knowles portrayed the demonic villain in Holedigger Films’ 2009 supernatural thriller Camp Hope. As a stand-up comedian, he became the first American in history to win the WUDA World Championship in Stand-Up Comedy. Knowles is the author of 5 plays and musicals, including the forthcoming one-man show Dig & Be Dug: The Gospel of Lord Buckley.

With a cast that features 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.

Stars of CALIGULA MAXIMUS- L-R front row: JerZ Short, Justine Joli, Ryan Knowles, Anya Sapozhnikova, back row Tim DAX, Luqman Brown and Roxanne Edwards. Photo by Lia Chang

Stars of CALIGULA MAXIMUS- L-R front row: JerZ Short, Justine Joli, Ryan Knowles, Anya Sapozhnikova, back row Tim DAX, Luqman Brown and Roxanne Edwards. Photo by Lia Chang


Rounding out the cast in multiple roles are Alexandra Bernard, Luqman Brown, Angela Buccinni, Claire Buckingham, Eric Dorfman, Alicia Giangrisostomi, Jeff Goldfisher, Raheem Green, 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, Tricia Storie, Aaron Strand, Miriam Tabb, Jenny Weinbloom and Elian Zach.

CALIGULA MAXIMUS has sets and rigging by Evan Collier, costumes by Laura Clarke, lighting by Jamie “Nomad” DeMattia, musical direction by Joe Shavel, musicians Jeremy O’Brien and Kareem Clarke, stage management by Mike Yrigoyen, and press by Lia Chang.

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

Tickets are $30, $25 for students and seniors and can be purchased online at https://www.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/715425 or by calling the box office at 1-866-811-4111. For more information, visit www.caligulamaximus.wordpress.com.

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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