Canton Community Theatre announces free performance of ‘Antony and Cleopatra’By Canton Citizen
The Canton Community Theatre, in conjunction with the Gazebo Players of Medfield, is proud to present a free production of Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra on Friday evening, August 3.
The lovers are two of the most rich and powerful people in the world when the play begins. Cleopatra is the richest person on the planet of either gender; she is queen of Egypt and most of Northern Africa. Antony is a member of the Triumverate, the three people who jointly rule the Roman Empire. As the play progresses, the forces of power, lust, envy, and betrayal conspire to destroy them both.
“One of the challenges of the script is to keep the actors engaged,” explained director Debbi Finkelstein. “There are 44 roles in the play, but many of them are messengers, attendants, and soldiers who appear in only one scene. Most of the actors are playing more than one role, and some of them play male and female roles at different times — not to mention how hard it is to find a eunuch nowadays!” Finkelstein ended up casting 17 actors to play the 44 roles.
The free performance begins at 8 p.m. at the Canton Community Theatre space, located at the Village Shoppes at 90 Washington Street. Light refreshments will be available.
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