Antony+Cleopatra
by William Shakespeare I Directed by Charlene V. Smith
Sponsored by Elaine & George Keyes

Reason and judgement prove no match for the tsunami of mutual passion engulfing Mark Antony, one of the three joint rulers of the Roman Republic, and Cleopatra, the powerful Queen of Egypt. Surrendering everything to their desires, they open the floodgates to a civil conflict that will shake the very foundations of their world. Shakespeare’s dark and intimate portrait of this storied affair features some of the most transcendent poetry on love and loss in the cannon.

Schedule 

Thursday, July 7, 7:30 p.m. (Preview/ Monmouth Night)
Friday, July 8, 7:30 p.m. (Opening Night)
Saturday, July 16, 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, July 20, 7:30 p.m. (*Winery Wednesday)
Sunday, July 24, 7:00 p.m. (Post-Show Discussion to follow)
Sunday, July 31, 1:00 p.m.
Thursday, August 4, 1:00 p.m.
Thursday, August 4, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, August 12, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, August 20, 7:30 p.m. (Closing Night)

 

*Winery Wednesdays will take place outside under a tent at WillowsAwake Winery. 10 Leeds Junction Rd. Leeds, ME 04263

 

Production Team


Charlene V. Smith
Director

Zane Alcorn
Asst. Stage Manager

German Cardenas Alaminos
Set Designer

Jen Fok
Lighting Designer


Hailey Glick
Asst. Stage Manager
Ingrid Pierson
Stage Manager

Elizabeth Rocha
Costume Designer

Lorriane Slone
Fight, Intimacy, Movement Director

Paige Stone
Props Master

Rew Tippin
Sound Designer
   

Cast


Erin Amlicke
Agrippa, Soothsayer

A.J. Baldwin
Charmian

Trezure Coles
Cleopatra

Joey Dolan
Proculeius


Rebecca Ho
Eros


Michael Liebhauser
Antony

Amber McNew
Enobarbus

Caitlin Ort
Pompey, Octavia

Roberto Perez
Thidias, Clown

Jamie Saunders
Ventidius, Menas

Tennah Sillah
Iras

Ray K. Soeun
Octavius, Alexas

Michael Dix Thomas
Lepidus, Scarus
     

From the Director

TAM’s 53rd Season is titled “It’s Greek (and Roman) to me!” It’s a clear way of linking the plays this season, but with Antony and Cleopatra, it’s a bit of a misnomer. We often categorize Antony and Cleopatra as a Roman play, but it is located not just in Italy, but throughout the Mediterranean. The play takes place as much in Alexandria as in Rome, but I’ve never heard anyone call it an Egyptian play.

By calling Antony and Cleopatra a Roman play, we are priming ourselves to interpret the play through the eyes of the victors—this play end with Octavius conquering Egypt and thus establishing the Roman empire. During their military expansion, the Roman characters engage in racism that stereotypes the East as wasteful and indecent. Throughout the play, Egypt is conflated with its ruler, Cleopatra, and the two are similarly side-lined. Despite Cleopatra occupying one-half of the title, the play itself others her through the attitudes of its Roman characters; stereotyping her as exotic and a temptress.

How would our perceptions change if we looked at this play through an Egyptian lens, rather than a Roman lens? Rather than judging Egypt through Rome’s eyes, we might see it as a site of joy and of community, qualities that should be celebrated rather than shamed. Rather than believing Roman accusations about Cleopatra’s lasciviousness, we might instead note that she is monogamous and sexually faithful to Antony. Rather than seeing her as Antony’s downfall, we might see the tragedy of these two equally powerful and passionate lovers being torn apart by world politics. I invite you to see this play anew, with Cleopatra as its center and Egypt as its setting.