Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra
North Hollywood, Ca , 91607
Jamaica Moon Productions & The GGC Players Present
"Antony & Cleopatra”
Directed by Gloria Gifford
William Shakespeare’s Antony & Cleopatra is rarely produced in Southern California, and it may be because the genre-defying play is one of the Bard’s most complex: It’s a history play, but it takes liberties with historical facts; It could be seen as a sequel to Julius Caesar, yet it stands on its own; Its heroine is a leader of men, but also an object of male sexual desire. Its complexity, however, may be the source of its appeal.
William Shakespeare’s Antony & Cleopatra has its all: Romance, passion, sex, heartbreak, the fascination of royalty, war, politics, the epic sweep of history and, at its center, one of history’s most celebrated love stories: that of Antony, a general and triumvir of the Roman Republic who defied his Emperor; and the woman for whom Antony was willing to risk all, the Macedonian usurper of the throne of Egypt, the mighty Queen Cleopatra.
In one of her signature moves, director Gloria Gifford retains Shakespeare’s text while augmenting the proceedings with a contemporary song score.