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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


The Off Broadway production of Alfred Preisser and Randy Weiner’s CALIGULA MAXIMUS, at the Ellen Stewart Theatre, will be extended for one additional week to meet audience demand.

CALIGULA MAXIMUS begins previews at the Ellen Stewart Theatre, 66 E. 4th St, in New York on March 12th and has been extended through April 10th. Opening night is set for March 19th, with scheduled performances on Thursday and Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 8pm and 10pm.

The one-week extension brings the run out to April 10th at the Ellen Stewart Theatre.

Justine Joli as Caesonia

Justine Joli as Caesonia


Says co-writer Randy Weiner, “response to the show from ticket buyers has been astounding, I don’t know if it’s the name Caligula, or the presence of a Penthouse Pet, or the cast of 26 very attractive young bodies in various states of undress, but our underground extravaganza is creating excitement that is palpable.”
Tim Dax as Germanicus Photo by Lia Chang

Tim Dax as Germanicus Photo by Lia Chang


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. 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.
Lady Circus troupe aerialist Anya Sapozhnikova as Drucilla Photo by Lia Chang

Lady Circus troupe aerialist Anya Sapozhnikova as Drucilla 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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Broadwayworld.com: CALIGULA MAXIMUS Casts Coney Island Sideshow Performers 2010/02/24.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010; Posted: 01:02 PM – by BWW News Desk

In CALIGULA MAXIMUS, Alfred Preisser and Randy Weiner‘s play about the notorious dictator Caligula, director Alfred Preisser celebrates the body beautiful by casting Coney Island sideshow tattooed muscleman Tim Dax and marine Raheem Green, who sports a “Born to Kill” tattoo, to play gladiators, and award-winning competitive bodybuilders Myra Adams and RoxAnne Edwards as gladiatrixes.

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

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.

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.

With a cast that includes Ryan Knowles as Caligula, adult film star and Penthouse Pet Justine Joli, Lady Circus troupe aerialist Anya Sapozhnikova, 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.

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

In 2000, Native New Yorker, Myra Adams (Baduhenna) discovered a new love of physique training in the gym, and in 2004 became a certified personal trainer. This led to her first bodybuilding competition in June 2005, the NPC Atlantic States, in which she won 1st place middleweight.

After successfully placing 1st and 2nd in subsequent NPC shows, Adams started competing on the national level in November 2007. She will be preparing for her next bodybuilding competition at the Master’s Nationals in Pittsburgh, PA in July 2010, where her goal is to earn professional status and compete on the professional level.

A professional electric bassist for more than 30 years, Myra currently holds the position of Assistant Musical Director for Brooks Church in Jamaica, NY. Her diverse and extensive musical background has allowed her to experience many different cultures, including that of Japan and Malaysia.

Tim DAX (Germanicus) is a new genre of tattooed muscle actor, training mind, body and physical aesthetics as one contiguous and harmonious representation of self. He has singlehandedly carved out his own niche in the acting world with credits in theatre, TV and film that range from classical to contemporary. Small town raised, big city educated Tim DAX is ready to take himself to the next level and be your next sci fi action hero… or villain. http://www.timdax.net

A national level bodybuilder since 2006, RoxAnne Edwards (Sappho Sabratha), is also a fitness model (Shemuscle.com & Muscle Angels.com) and a personal trainer. Edwards has competed in 20 shows, placing top 5 in all but 3. She placed 1st in 4 shows-the 1995 ANBC NYC Naturals, 2000 Eastern USA’s, 2004 Musclemania NY and the 2005 Musclemania Super Body. She is currently preparing for the Master’s Nationals in July 2010, as well as the North Americans in Sept 2010. In March, 2009, Edwards placed 6th in the world, at the Arnold Amateurs Middle Weight Women’s Division, and in June, 2009, she received 2nd Place in the N.P.C. Jr. Nationals.

CALIGULA MAXIMUS features 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 https://www.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/715425 or by calling the box office at 1-866-811-4111

The Ellen Stewart Theatre is located at 66 East 4th St. between 2nd Avenue and The Bowery. Performances are Thursday and Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 8pm and 10pm.

 


Caligula Maximus to Rule at La MaMa Starting March 12; Casting Announced – Playbill.com.

Caligula Maximus to Rule at La MaMa Starting March 12; Casting Announced
By Allison Klamkin
24 Feb 2010

La MaMa, e.t.c, will present Caligula Maximus, a play about the notorious dictator Caligula, at the Ellen Stewart Theatre in Manhattan’s East Village.

Previews begin March 12 with an opening set for March 19. The is a La MaMa project with Hammerstein & Weiner, LLC, Christopher McElroen, Alfred Preisser and Kingsize, USA.
Written by Alfred Preisser and Randy Weiner, Caligula Maximus is directed by Preisser and will feature Ryan Knowles as Caligula, adult film star Justine Joli, Lady Circus troupe aerialist Anya Sapozhnikova, Coney Island’s tattooed muscleman Tim Dax and Raheem Green as gladiators, and competitive bodybuilders Myra Adams and Roxanne Edwards as “gladiatrixes.” The cast will also feature Alexandra Bernard, Luqman Brown, Angela Buccinni, Claire Buckingham, Eric Dorfman, Alicia Giangrisostomi, Jeff Goldfisher, David King, Jessica Krueger, Andrews Landsman, Channing McKindra, Ella Mische, Alexandra Petrova, Charletta Rozell, Alicia St. Louis, JerZ Short, Aaron Strand, Miriam Tabb, Jenny Weinbloom and Elian Zach in multiple roles.

In Caligula Maximus, according to production notes, “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.”

The design team for Caligula Maximus features Evan Collier (sets, rigging and lighting), Laura Clarke (costumes) and Joe Shavel (musical direction).

Performances continue to April 3 at the Ellen Stewart Theatre, 66 E. 4th Street between Second Avenue and The Bowery. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased through ovationtix.com.


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 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.

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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In CALIGULA MAXIMUS, Alfred Preisser and Randy Weiner’s play about the notorious dictator Caligula which begins previews at the Ellen Stewart Theatre in New York on March 12, director Alfred Preisser is celebrating the body beautiful, casting competitive bodybuilders Myra Adams and Roxanne Edwards as gladiatrixes. Coney Island sideshow tattooed muscleman Tim Dax and marine Raheem Green, who sports a “Born to Kill” tattoo, will play gladiators.

CALIGULA MAXIMUS takes place on the last night of Caligula’s life, in his palace where he is stage managing, directing, and starring in one of his famous “entertainments” which test the limits of human intellect and appetite. Caligula, played by Ryan Knowles, sensing the encroachment of monotheistic religions (Christianity and Judaism) 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. Preisser’s vision for Caligula’s “senate” includes an outrageous collection of circus performers, wrestlers, animals, show girls and freaks that enact his spectacles and indulge his whims and fantasies. 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. Expect circus, music, dance, rhetoric, and the unexpected.

Myra Adams

Myra Adams Photo by Dan Ray

In 2000, Native New Yorker Myra Adams (Baduhenna) discovered a new love of physique training in the gym, and in 2004 became a certified personal trainer. This led to her first bodybuilding competition in June 2005, the NPC Atlantic States, in which she won 1st place middleweight.

After successfully placing 1st and 2nd in subsequent NPC shows, Myra started competing on the national level in November 2007. She will be preparing for her next bodybuilding competition at the Master’s Nationals in Pittsburgh, PA in July 2010, where her goal is to earn professional status and compete on the professional level. She can currently be seen in her training video at www.rxmuscle.com.

A professional electric bassist for more than 30 years, Myra currently holds the position of Assistant Musical Director for Brooks Church in Jamaica, NY. Her diverse and extensive musical background has allowed her to experience many different cultures, including that of Japan and Malaysia.

Tim DAX Photo by Michael Alago

Tim DAX Photo by Michael Alago


Tim DAX (Germanicus) is a new genre of tattooed muscle actor, training mind, body and physical aesthetics as one contiguous and harmonious representation of self. Experienced in theatre, television and film, from classical to contemporary. Single handedly carving his own niche in the acting world, Tim has been building his resume in New York City with a plan to move west to Los Angeles later this year. Small town raised, big city educated Tim DAX is ready to take himself to the next level and be your next sci fi action hero… or villain. www.timdax.net

Roxanne Edwards

Roxanne Edwards


Roxanne Edwards (Sappho Sabratha) has been a National Level Competitive Body Builder since 2006. She is also a fitness model (Shemuscle.com & Muscle Angels.com) and a personal trainer. Roxanne has competed in 20 shows, placing top 5 in all but 3. She placed 1st in 4 shows-the 1995 ANBC NYC Naturals, 2000 Eastern USA’s, 2004 Musclemania NY and the 2005 Musclemania Super Body. She is currently preparing for the Master’s Nationals in July 2010, as well as the North Americans in Sept 2010. In March, 2009, Roxanne placed 6th in the world, at the Arnold Amateurs Middle Wt Womens Division, and in June, 2009, she received 2nd Place in the N.P.C. Jr Nationals. Read about Roxanne in http://www.rxmuscle.com
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CALIGULA MAXIMUS stars Ryan Knowles as Caligula, Justine Joli, adult film star and Penthouse Pet as Caesonia, Luqman Brown as Sulla, Lady Circus troupe aerial artist Anya Sapozhnikova as Drusilla and JerZ Short as Helicon. Rounding out the cast in multiple roles are Alexandra Bernard, Angela Buccinni, Claire Buckingham, Eric Dorfman, Alicia Giangrisostomi, Jeff Goldfisher, David King, Jessica Krueger, Andrews Landsman, Channing McKindra, Ella Mische, Alexandra Petrova, Charletta Rozell, Alicia St. Louis, Aaron Strand, Miriam Tabb, Jenny Weinbloom and Elian Zach.

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

Ellen Stewart Theatre
66 E. 4th St.
NYC
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.

Click here for the CALIGULA MAXIMUS Articles Archive.


Knowles, Joli, Brown, Sapozhnikova Lead Cast of CALIGULA MAXIMUS

Friday, February 19, 2010; Posted: 02:02 PM – by BWW News Desk
Ryan Knowles, host of Nickelodeon’s ME:TV, Justine Joli, adult film star and Penthouse Pet, FunkFace founder musician Luqman Brown and Lady Circus troupe aerial artist Anya Sapozhnikova lead the cast of Alfred Preisser and Randy Weiner’s CALIGULA MAXIMUS, at La MaMa’s Ellen Stewart Theatre, March 11- April 3, 2010.

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Knowles, Joli, Brown, Sapozhnikova Lead Cast of CALIGULA MAXIMUS 2010/02/19.

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.

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

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Adult Film star and Penthouse Pet Justine Joli portrays Caesonia in Alfred Preisser and Randy Weiner's CALIGULA MAXIMUS. © Lia Chang

Adult Film star and Penthouse Pet Justine Joli portrays Caesonia in Alfred Preisser and Randy Weiner's CALIGULA MAXIMUS. © Lia Chang

Rehearsals are underway for Alfred Preisser and Randy Weiner’s CALIGULA MAXIMUS at La MaMa Rehearsal studios in New York.

Presented by LaMaMa e.t.c., Alfred Preisser and Randy Weiner’s CALIGULA MAXIMUS is a project with Hammerstein & Weiner, LLC, Christopher McElroen, Alfred Preisser and Kingsize, USA which begins previews at the Ellen Stewart Theatre, 66 E. 4th St. in New York on March 12, 2010. 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.

The very sexy cast of CALIGULA MAXIMUS © Lia Chang

The very sexy cast of CALIGULA MAXIMUS © Lia Chang


Directed by Alfred Preisser, CALIGULA MAXIMUS features musical direction by Joe Shavel. The show stars Ryan Knowles (Caligula), JerZ Short (Helicon), Justine Joli (Caesonia), Luqman Brown (Sulla), and Anya Sapozhnikova (Drusilla).
 Tim Dax © Lia Chang

Tim Dax © Lia Chang


Competitive bodybuilders Myra Adams, Tim Dax, Roxanne Edwards and Raheem Green are featured as gladiatrixes and gladiators, along with Jeff Goldfisher, David King, Jessica Krueger, Andrews Landsman, Aaron Strand and Miriam Tabb. Rounding out the cast in assorted roles are Alexandra Bernard, Angela Buccinni, Claire Buckingham, Eric Dorfman, Alicia Giangrisostomi, Channing McKindra, Ella Mische, Alexandra Petrova, Charletta Rozell, Alicia St. Louis, Tricia Storie, Jenny Weinbloom and Elian Zach.
Director Alfred Preisser rehearsing with the cast of CALIGULA MAXIMUS © Lia Chang

Director Alfred Preisser rehearsing with the cast of CALIGULA MAXIMUS © Lia Chang


CALIGULA MAXIMUS takes place on the last night of the notorious dictator’s life, in his palace where he is stage managing, directing, and starring in one of his famous “entertainments” which test the limits of human intellect and appetite. Caligula, played by Ryan Knowles, sensing the encroachment of monotheistic religions (Christianity and Judaism) 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.
JerZ Short (center) as Helicon  and company in CALIGULA MAXIMUS  © Lia Chang

JerZ Short (center) as Helicon and company in CALIGULA MAXIMUS © Lia Chang


Preisser’s vision for Caligula’s “senate” includes an outrageous collection of circus performers, wrestlers, animals, show girls and freaks that enact his spectacles and indulge his whims and fantasies. 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. Expect circus, music, dance, rhetoric, and the unexpected.
(l-r) Jeff Goldfisher, Luqman Brown and David King © Lia Chang

(l-r) Jeff Goldfisher, Luqman Brown and David King © Lia Chang


With sets, rigging and lighting by Evan Coilier, costumes by Laura Clarke and musical direction by Joe Shavel.

La MaMa e.t.c. is located at 66 East 4th St. between 2nd Avenue and The Bowery. Performances are Thursday and Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 8pm and 10pm.

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

Click here for the CALIGULA MAXIMUS Articles Archive.

Ryan Knowles, Justine Joli, adult film star and Penthouse Pet, Luqman Brown and Lady Circus troupe aerial artist Anya Sapozhnikova lead the cast of Alfred Preisser and Randy Weiner’s CALIGULA MAXIMUS, at La MaMa’s Ellen Stewart Theatre, March 12- April 3, 2010.

Presented by LaMaMa e.t.c., CALIGULA MAXIMUS is a project with Hammerstein & Weiner, LLC, Christopher McElroen, Alfred Preisser and Kingsize, USA which begins previews at the Ellen Stewart Theatre, 66 E. 4th St. in New York on March 12, 2010. 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.

Alfred Preisser Photo by Lia Chang

Alfred Preisser Photo by Lia Chang


The production will be directed by Alfred Preisser with musical direction by Joe Shavel.
The show will star Ryan Knowles (Caligula), JerZ Short (Helicon), Justine Joli (Caesonia), Luqman Brown (Sulla), and Anya Sapozhnikova (Drusilla). Competitive bodybuilders Myra Adams, Tim Dax, Roxanne Edwards and Raheem Green are featured as gladiatrixes and gladiators, along with Jeff Goldfisher, David King, Jessica Krueger, Andrews Landsman, Aaron Strand and Miriam Tabb. Rounding out the cast in assorted roles are Alexandra Bernard, Angela Buccinni, Claire Buckingham, Eric Dorfman, Alicia Giangrisostomi, Channing McKindra, Ella Mische, Alexandra Petrova, Charletta Rozell, Alicia St. Louis, Jenny Weinbloom and Elian Zach.

CALIGULA MAXIMUS takes place on the last night of the notorious dictator’s life, in his palace where he is stage managing, directing, and starring in one of his famous “entertainments” which test the limits of human intellect and appetite. Caligula, played by Ryan Knowles, sensing the encroachment of monotheistic religions (Christianity and Judaism) 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.

Preisser’s vision for Caligula’s “senate” includes an outrageous collection of circus performers, wrestlers, animals, show girls and freaks that enact his spectacles and indulge his whims and fantasies. 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. Expect circus, music, dance, rhetoric, and the unexpected.

Ryan Knowles

Ryan Knowles


Best known as the host of Nickelodeon’s daily live show ME:TV, Ryan Knowles (Caligula), 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.

Justine Joli

Justine Joli


Justine Joli (Caesonia) is an adult film star and the 2007 Penthouse Pet of the Month. She has been nominated for numerous AVN Awards, including four for “Best All-Girl Sex Scene Video” (2003, 2005, 2006, 2007), three for “Best Tease Performance” (2003, 2004, 2006), and one for “Best Solo Sex Scene” (2007). Additional film credits include Edouard Salier’s short movie, Flesh , which describes the life and death of Manhattan during a fictional 9/11, and the blaxploitation spoof Black Dynamite. She stars on the 2010 Nerdcore Horror Calendar. Featured in Penthouse, Hustler, and other adult oriented magazines, Joli is also a popular web model, appearing on sites such as ALS Scan, Matt’s Models, and Danni’s Hard Drive.

Luqman Brown

Luqman Brown


Composer, musician and performer Luqman Brown (Sulla) is a founding member of the seminal bands FunkFace, Mackie Riverside & the Street Pushers and Dope Sagittarius, which was recently showcased at the FIFA European football championships in Austria. His credits as an actor, musical director and orchestra leader include Little Tommy Parker’s Celebrated Colored Minstrel Show, Taking Steps 313 the Musical adaptation of Crime and Punishment and Brown Girls Burlesque’s Grind High. He appeared in the film Afro-Punk, on the Tony Hawk video game soundtrack, Project 8, wrote interstitial jingles for Nickelodeon, has been featured on various albums, compilations and singles in the US and abroad, and is in the Smithsonian for his impact as a musician. Brown’s label, BuddhaBug Records will have three new releases in 2010.

Anya Sapozhnikova

Anya Sapozhnikova


Aerial performance artist Anya Sapozhnikova (Drusilla) founded the Lady Circus troupe, and the House of Yes Theater where she has co-produced countless cirque-style stage shows with various collaborators, merging dance, theater, video and the Brooklyn underground circus scenes. She splits her time between performing on cabaret stages, in industrial warehouses, ferry boats and everything in between, and running The Sky Box aerial studio with Jordann Baker, her main aerial performance partner.

With sets, rigging and lighting by Evan Collier, costumes by Laura Clarke and musical direction by Joe Shavel.

La MaMa e.t.c. is located at 66 East 4th St. between 2nd Avenue and The Bowery. Performances are Thursday and Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 8pm and 10pm.

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

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Posted Feb 18th, 2010 01:33 PM by Peter Warren

NEW YORK—Renowned all-girl XXX performer and Penthouse Pet Justine Joli is going from lesbian to thespian in a new Off-Broadway production titled Caligula Maximus, slated to run March 12-April 3 at New York’s Ellen Stewart Theatre.

Co-produced and co-written by Randy Weiner and Alfred Preisser, with Preisser directing, Maximus has Joli playing Caesonia, Caligula’s wife, and portrays the debaucherous last night of the inglorious Roman emperor’s life, culminating in his assassination at the hands of his own personal “senate” of showgirls and circus performers.

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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

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Wednesday, February 10, 2010; Posted: 04:02 PM – by BWW News Desk

via LaMaMa e.t.c. Presents CALIGULA MAXIMUS at the Ellen Stewart Theatre 2010/02/10.

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.

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

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