Melody Bates is a native Oregonian actress based in New York City (and also a writer, teacher, and director). In the summer of 2012 she is heading to Maine to play Cleopatra at the Stonington Opera House, in Opera House Arts’ production of Shakespeare’s Antony & Cleopatra. This blog follows the infinitely various delights and challenges of rehearsal, research, performance, and beyond. Leave comments! Ask questions! Get into it!