"Antony and Cleopatra" is one of Shakespeare's lesser seen but more highly entertaining plays. Take heart, the rarely seen epic romantic tragedy will be staged Sunday at the Sacramento Shakespeare Festival with Adrienne Sher directing.
"The biggest part of the job was editing the script down to two hours," Sher says.
"I've never edited a Shakespeare before and it was fascinating. It gave me a love of this play which I hadn't had before. It's very funny! I learned so much doing it."
The reading takes place in Room A6 on the City College campus at 7 p.m. Sunday night.
The staging is minimal and Sher says the actors will carry scripts and move "some, but not a whole lot."
"My main interest was in making sure the story got told, so I did some direction around relationships and dynamics."
Christine Nicholson and Luther Hanson will play the doomed lovers with Rod Breton and Ken Figeroid also taking part.
"I'd kind of like to direct it now that I've worked on it. I really, really enjoyed it," Sher says.
The reading is a fund raiser for the festival and tickets are $10. For information call 558-2228 or go to the Sacramento Shakespeare Festival website at www.sacramentoshakespeare.net
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June 11, 2008
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