A Doll’s House? How about a battle between Don Armado from Love’s Labour’s Lost and Petruchio from The Taming of the Shrew? Our first round of voting (see below), with 16 characters from this season’s plays, closes at midnight on Sunday, March 24. Round 2, with your chosen 8, opens Tuesday, March 26 with voting closing on Friday, March 29. Your final four character choice vote begins Tuesday, April 2 and comes to a close Friday, April 5. Finally, the championship voting begins Monday, April 8 before coming to a close on Friday, April 12. The results of the championship bout will be announced Monday, April 15. So who’s your favorite? Start voting and spread the word! (click the image to get a larger version)
News About Antony and Cleopatra
Who’s hot? Cleopatra is hot.Can you name one other historical female ruler who led her people to greatness and did so with such style? Hmm…maybe Queen Elizabeth? Wealth, power, a sexy boyfriend, and Cleopatra basically lived at the beach! Here’s the truth: she was a savvy political tactician who held her own in world dominated by men. She was skilled in the art of warfare and led her fleet into battle…twice! She was highly educated and spoke 9 languages. Smart is sexy and Cleopatra rocks it.
Antony is THE MAN.There are two things on this guy’s mind: his woman and war. Yeah, he cheats on two of his wives to be with Cleopatra (can you blame him?), but he exudes such confidence and power you can’t help but melt just a little when he’s around. Soldier and statesman, he’s one of the few characters that Shakespeare revisited in his plays (Remember his famous speech from Julius Caesar: “Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears”) so you know there had to be something interesting about the guy.
Snakes in a mother***king play!Daggers, poison, swords, a bear! Of all the ways to bite the big one in a Shakespeare play, Cleopatra does herself in with a snake. Now that’s style.
They put the adult in adultery.This is a mature romance. Both Antony and Cleopatra were at the height of their power when they found each other. They lived fast and hard right up to the very end and had a great time doing it together.
Cinematic Shakespeare.Ships, tombs, palaces, battles. Antony and Cleopatra has 42 scenes. We dart all over the map in this play. Did you know it took a minimum of 10 days to get from Egypt to Rome by boat…and that’s with a crew of 100 oarsmen! Shakespeare’s condensing of time and place makes it look easy.
Into the mystic.Who doesn’t love a good prophesy? Um…foreshadowing anyone? It keeps the mystery going and those ranting cryptic soothsayers are some fun characters.
Tragical comedy? Comical tragedy?They bait and tease one another, make ribald jokes; not every situation in Antony and Cleopatra is dire and on the edge. Heck there’s even a character just named Clown. And keep your eye on Enobarbus. He’ll crack you up.
Best. Poetry. Ever.Shakespeare had already cut his teeth on Hamlet, King Lear and Macbeth. By the time he wrote Antony and Cleopatra he was at the top of his poetic game, so take a close listen.
From Iago to Andrew Aguecheek to Orestes to Touchstone to Hamlet, Darragh Kennan has created some indelible characters on our stage. Once again he’s adding his unique touch to the character of King Leontes in The Winter’s Tale. Turn up the sound on your computer and listen to this slide show presentation on why Darragh likes performing Shakespeare.
Congratulations to director John Langs who has been named Associate Artistic Director at ACT Theatre. Langs is currently staging Seattle Shakespeare Company’s production of Antony and Cleopatra. The newly created position will support ACT’s Artistic Director Kurt Beattie in the planning and execution of their artistic programming. Langs and Beattie first worked together on Seattle Shakespeare Company’s 2004 production of King Lear where Beattie appeared in the title role. Nearly every other year since then Langs has returned to Seattle Shakespeare Company to stage a production including Hamlet, The Merchant of Venice, and Romeo and Juliet. Langs’ production of Antony and Cleopatra opens on Friday, November 2. He will then return to the city to stage ACT’s annual production of A Christmas Carol. His full-time duties at ACT begin in January 2013. Read the Seattle Times article on the announcement.