I’m playing Cleopatra this summer.
Rehearsals begin in New York in three days, and still I’m not sure I’ve wrapped my head around the fact of it. One of Shakespeare’s greatest roles, last Empress of Egypt, descendant of Alexander the Great, pharoah, goddess, siren, at once a real woman and a cypher. Much has been written about her, which is a daunting fact in the face of a first post on a blog about her…but Forward! Character is always a unique entry into story, and I hope that my journey towards Cleopatra will offer some insights about the woman and the play. Join me for the ride! The barge is beautiful, by all accounts.
More information about the production, and Opera House Arts at the Stonington Opera House on Maine’s beautiful down east coast here. Stay tuned, lovers.
Age cannot wither her, nor custom stale
Her infinite variety. Other women cloy
The appetites they feed, but she makes hungry
Where most she satisfies.
–Antony & Cleopatra II-2, spoken by Enobarbus