FRIDAY, OCTOBER 6, 7pm - Antony and Cleopatra - Our 100th Performance In The Barn

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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 6, 7pm - Antony and Cleopatra - Our 100th Performance In The Barn

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One of Shakespeare’s greatest masterpieces, Antony and Cleopatra, storms The Barn stage this fall.  Featuring Queen Cleopatra of Egypt, one of the world’s most iconic characters from both history and literature, wrangling with her lover, Mark Antony.  As these two Titans quip back and forth in their lover’s quarrels, the world’s mightiest empire takes aim at their indulgent and luxurious Egypt.  What follows is some of The Bard’s finest storytelling; his daring verse fused with epic battles, all accentuated by Cleopatra’s ultimate plan to best her enemies.

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This performance marks an exciting milestone for OrangeMite: the Friday, October 6th performance of Antony and Cleopatra is our 100th performance at The Barn.  I’m extremely proud of how far we’ve come since the very first performance of In The Globe over nine years ago.  We have brought over twenty of Shakespeare’s works to central PA from As You Like It to The Tempest.  

In my nine years of directing plays at OrangeMite, few are comparable to the scope of Shakespeare’s epic Antony and Cleopatra.  While I am referring, in part, to the number of actors, and the absolutely breathtaking scope of the costumes, the script itself dominates.  It is a fitting production for our 100th performance.

This play occupies so many places, all seemingly at once.  The action hops across world from Egypt to Greece to Rome and back again.  While the characters of Antony and Cleopatra Shakespeare created would certainly want you to think this play is totally about their tumultuous and their all-too-real love story, it is a story about geopolitics. Pompey tries to rebel against the triumvirate (Antony, Octavius and Lepidus), which leads to series of events that would change the history of the world, and bring to an end an empire which existed for over three thousand years!

Here’s to the next 100 performances!  But for now, we present one of William Shakespeare's greatest tragedies, in all of its grandeur, Antony and Cleopatra.

- William Wolfgang, Executive Director