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Thursday, March 25, 2010; Posted: 12:03 PM – by BWW News Desk CALIGULA MAXIMUS Extends Thru 4/17 at Ellen Stewart Theatre

Ryan Knowles stars as Caligula in Alfred Preisser and Randy Weiner's CALIGULA MAXIMUS. Photo by Lia Chang

Ryan Knowles stars as Caligula in Alfred Preisser and Randy Weiner's CALIGULA MAXIMUS. Photo by Lia Chang

Alfred Preisser and Randy Weiner’s outrageous circus themed theatrical extravaganza CALIGULA MAXIMUS currently playing at the Ellen Stewart Theatre, 66 E. 4th St. in New York, has been extended to April 17th.

Co-written by Alfred Preisser (Co-Founder, Classical Theatre of Harlem) and Randy Weiner (owner of the notorious night spot, The Box) and directed by Preisser, CALIGULA MAXIMUS is set on the last night of the infamous dictator’s life.

Says co-writer Randy Weiner, “This is a real word-of-mouth hit. We literally have zero marketing budget, and we are now announcing our second extension.”

Weiner continues, “When we were first creating this show, Alfred and I knew we wanted to make something that was like nothing else in New York City. We wanted to produce an event that we would want to see and tell all our friends about. From the unbelievable audience response, especially the fact that at each performance, we have regulars coming back again and again and bringing friends, it seems like there is a strong appetite for the mix of music, dancing, bodies, circus, wrestling, and dangerous ideas that is like nothing audiences have ever seen before.”

Ryan Knowles stars as Caligula, adult film star and Penthouse Pet Justine Joli as his wife Caesonia, Lady Circus troupe aerialist Anya Sapozhnikova as his sister Druscilla, Luqman Brown as Sulla, the peanut vendor and JerZ Short as circus master Helicon. The show features 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.

Rounding out the cast in multiple roles are Alexandra Bernard, Angela Buccinni, Claire Buckingham, Alicia Giangrisostomi, Jeff Goldfisher, Raheem Green, Sarah Hassan, Naima Yetunde Ince, Bill Johnson, David King, Jessica Krueger, Andrews Landsman, Elinor Lerner, Channing McKindra, Alexandra Petrova, Charletta Rozell, Alicia St. Louis, 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 Christopher McElroen, musical direction and lead guitar by Joe Shavel, musicians Kareem Clarke (bass), Jeremy O’Brien (drum/mayhem), Brendan Scharen (rhythm guitar), Joel Siegel (drums/conga), whip consulting by Chris McDaniel, 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.

Performances for CALIGULA MAXIMUS, at the Ellen Stewart Theatre, 66 E. 4th St., are on Thursday and Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 8pm and 10pm, through April 17th. Tickets are $30, $25 for students and seniors and can be purchased online at or by calling the box office at 212.475.7710. Tickets must be picked up at the box office which is located at 74A E. 4th St. For more information, visit

La MaMa e.t.c. is located at 74A East 4th St. between 2nd Avenue and The Bowery. Performances are Thursday and Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 8pm and 10pm.


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