Haitian version of Shakespeare's Antony & Cleopatra

GableStage, London's Royal Shakespeare Company and New York's Public Theatre have taken the story of Anthony and Cleopatra, done in many mediums throughout the hundreds of years since the story originally unfolded in Rome, and given it such a new twist it is expected to change the landscape of theatre in the South Florida region.


The new aspect comes from the Caribbean flavor set to the story as the characters and events are now centered on Haiti at the height of the revolution. Penned by Tarell Alvin McCraney, a known playwright and actor, the story is expected to be a 'stripped-down' rendition which will culminate with Cleopatra's suicide in the thick of the final revolutionary battle.

According to the shows artistic director, Joseph Adler, the setting, costumes and the music of the play will fit in so well with the audience in South Florida that a Renaissance will occur, exposing the community to the often forgotten world of theatre. As such, with the aid of Kickstarter, the internet sensation that has funded the start of many projects since its inception, the play will be attended by thousands of students in the Miami-Dade County, for free.

As is expected, the story will tell of the relationship between Mark Anthony and Cleopatra with Octavius Caesar as the main antagonist. In this adaptation, the portrayal of the female protagonist is said to show a more complex personality, not the one-dimensional often vain, melodramatic picture that is normally painted of Ancient Egypt's most famous personality.

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