The Antony and Cleopatra Project.
HONOR.BETRAYAL. BON VIVANT. MISOGYNY. POLITICAL UNREST.
After reading Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra, these were the themes we came up with during McCarter's Summer Acting Intensive. We pulled several different themes that we felt resonated with the play and ourselves and then decided to focus on the 5 most popular. With the use of these themes, and several other physical and writing exercises we were able to create our show. We combined our own works, many of them written in a short time frame (i.e. under 5 minutes), and actual Shakespearean texts to act as our dialogue. In the end, we were left with a piece of work we felt was a good representation of our immediate thoughts.
Show me my women like a queen.
You must not think I am so simple.
I am not my body.
I will not let my body be in ruin.
Let Rome in Tiber melt and the wide arch of the ranged empire fall. Here is my space.
I have Starbucks.
You were half blasted ere I knew you.
I am queen Cleopatra.
We stand up peerless.
On Caesar...the article of my oath.
Their elimination will not bring the world loss, but gain.
Thou, an Egyptian puppet, shalt be shown in Rome, as well as I.
You are too indulgent.
Therefore, O Antony, stay not by his side.
I'm going to do it. I'm going to kill them.
I have come across so many like you. Dark souls. Troubled minds.
Please want to notice my beauty.
I am alone the villain of the earth.
Is Caesar with Antony prized so slight?
A work of art can define an artist. But, if it is truly a work of art…then the physical description of the creator shout not define its beauty. It came from a beautiful mind anyway.
More information on this production: Directed by: Lauren Keating Teaching Artist: Tarell Alvin McCraney Teaching Artist Assistant: Joe McGranaghan Photography by: Matt Pilsner Set Projections by: Christopher Ash Lighting Design by: Paul Kilsdonk