The exact course of the battle is not known, but it is said that while fighting a battle in Actium, Antony got false news of Cleopatra's death. Shattered, he fell on his sword. It is also said that Antony escaped to Egypt with Cleopatra when their fortunes in war turned against them. But the royal couple couldn't escape misfortune. The following year, when Octavian arrived in Egypt with his army, Antony had to commit suicide to escape imprisonment. When Cleopatra learned about Antony 's death, she was shocked. She was taken a prisoner of Octavian, restricted by his guards to part of her own palace. Shattered by her husband's death and her captivity, with the help of some loyal subjects, she arranged for a small poisonous snake, an asp, to be smuggled into her quarters in a basket of figs.
One fateful meeting reshapes the ancient world when the great Roman warrior Mark Antony, like Caesar before him, falls in love with the incomparable Cleopatra, Queen of the Nile. His devotion to desire rather than duty is the beginning of a downward spiral for him, the Republic and Cleopatra, the last in her bloodline. Shakespeare’s tragedy presents history as a breathtaking pageant full of passion, intrigue, exotic locales and the larger-than-life characters that brought about the death of an Egyptian dynasty and the birth of the Roman Empire.
This production of Antony and Cleopatra is part of Shakespeare in American Communities , a national program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.
Strobe lights, theatrical fog and haze, e-cigarettes and the sound of gunshots will be used in this production.
Antony and Cleopatra - Antonio y Cleopatra
Duración: Tres horas con 6 minutos, incluyendo un intermedio.
Un amor que cambió la historia
Un encuentro decisivo vuelve a formar al antiguo mundo cuando el gran guerrero romano Mark Antony, como Caesar antes que él, se enamora de la incomparable Cleopatra, Reina del Nilo. La devoción de él al deseo en vez que al deber es el comienzo de un espiral descendiente para él, la República y para Cleopatra, la última de su linaje familiar. La tragedia de Shakespeare presenta a la historia como un asombroso desfile lleno de pasión, intriga, locales exóticos y personajes épicos que provocaron la muerte de una dinastía egipcia y el nacimiento del imperio romano.