Ryan Knowles
Ryan Knowles
Ryan Knowles, who hosts Nickelodeon's ME:TV, will play the title role in Alfred Preisser and Randy Weiner's Caligula Maximus, which, as previously reported, will perform at La MaMa's Ellen Stewart Theatre, March 11 - April 4, with an opening on March 19. Preisser will direct.

The show, which blends circus, music, dance and theater, 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.

Adult film star Justine Joli will play Caesonia, while the cast will also feature Jerzey Short (Helicon), 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 Stand, Miriam Tabb and Chinaza I. Uche. 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.

The production will feature sets, rigging and lighting by Evan Coilier, costumes by Laura Clarke, musical direction by Joe Shavel, and choreography by Tracy Jack.

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