ANTONY + CLEOPATRA
Performed at Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama, Studio 201.
Antony + Cleopatra by William Shakespeare, Adapted by Eleanor Bishop and Chanté Adams.
Direction: Eleanor Bishop
Scenic Design: Lucy Pope
Costume Design: Lucy Pope
Lighting Design: Andrew DG Hunt
Sound Design: Nicholas Erickson
Dramaturg: Vanessa Frank
Antony + Cleopatra deconstructs Shakespeare’s classic story of love and betrayal to explore the contemporary American experience of being Black and being Female in the United States. Texts were woven into the text from the Sandra Bland incident, bell hooks, Iggy Azalea, and other recent and relevant discussions about race and power in America. Eleanor also staged provocative imagery from contemporary popular culture over Shakespeare’s text. The resulting performance challenged the audience to engage in the same questions we wrestled with as a team about power, race, wealth, opportunism, and public image.