ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA

by William Shakespeare

Portland Actors Ensemble

PRODUCTION NOTES

What happens when two powerful rulers from vastly different cultures, ideologies, and political agendas dare to fall in love? Is it romantic destiny or political suicide? Have we changed the way we deal with that question today?

 

Describing the play as a culture clashing, political love story, director Elizabeth Huffman draws on her Arabic roots, her lifelong fascination with Roman history and an avid interest in today’s multicultural landscape to examine Shakespeare’s most complex adult love story.

 

For this production, she weaves together elements of three periods of time: the ancient world of the play, the Shakespearean world that it was written in, and the modern world that we live in now to illuminate the themes and questions embedded in the play. 

CAST

 

Cleopatra

Andrea White

 

Antony

Matt Dibiasio

 

Caesar 1

Sam Levi/Josh Rice

 

Agrippa

Kris Mahoney- Watson

 

Pompey

Tom Mounsey

 

Charmian

D. C. Copeland

 

Iras

Anna Xenokrati

 

Enobarbus

Anthony Green

 

Mecaenus

Chris Beatty

 

Mardian

Enrique Andrade

 

Octavia

Sarah Peters

 

Soothsayer

Jocelyn Seid

 

Lepida

Sofia May-Cuxim

 

Alexas

Lawrence Siulagi

 

Menas/Egyptian Musician/Soldier

Otniel Henig

 

PRODUCTION TEAM

 

Director

Elizabeth Huffman

 

Producer

Patrick J. Cox

 

Stage Manager

Valerie Lenz

 

Set Designer

Sarah Lydecker

 

Costume Designer

Kate Schroeder

 

Composer

Chris Beatty

 

Fight Choreographer

Kristen Mun

 

Arabic Coach

Issra Hassani

 

Dramaturg

Alex Diaz-Hui

 

Makeup Designer

Rebekah Chatham

 

Assistant Stage Manager

Emma Lewins

 

Assistant Stage Manager

Halie Becker

PRESS QUOTES

Portland Stage Review quotes:

By Dennis Nybeck

“[MattDiBiasio] is also very animated; using his body well to convey emotion.  Andrea White plays Cleopatra with a good blend of being both imperious and earthy. Octavian Caesar was well played by Josh Rice.”

“Anthony Green as Enobarbus and Josie Seid as the Soothsayer stood out among the uniformly excellent cast.”

“The costumes by Kate Schroeder are striking.”

“Wear warm clothes and don’t miss it!” 

Willamette Weekly Review quotes:

By T. Palmedo:

“It’s great for the stage, but doesn’t seem like the best fit for the low budget and family audience of a Shakespeare-in-the-park production. All the more impressive, then, that Portland Actors Ensemble manages to convey most of the play’s emotional heft and cinematic scope within the confines of Laurelhurst Park.”

“…, the show belongs to Andrea White. As Cleopatra, she growls, cries and regally orates her way through a performance that would be epic in any setting.” T. Palmedo

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