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Get out your laurel wreaths and togas: It’s time for another production of Julius Caesar. This time, the Folger Theatre and director Robert Richmond will play up the venue’s proximity to the Capitol and the production’s proximity to the midterm elections by highlighting the play’s political themes and schemes. The House and Senate chambers are locked down with enough security measures that members of Congress needn’t worry about attacks from jealous colleagues, but the Bard’s history still contains some good advice for aspiring politicians. For example: Don’t believe every rumor your caucus members tell you, and definitely learn how to manipulate public opinion through persuasive speeches. Folger vet Anthony Cochrane leads the cast as Brutus, the conflicted but villainous praetor whose actions send Rome into disarray. When you approach the theater, beware—you never know which ambitious characters are lurking around the corner. The play runs Oct. 28 to Dec. 7 at the Folger Elizabethan Theatre, 201 East Capitol St. SE. $45–$75. (202) 544-7077. folger.org.