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A radical twist on 'Antony and Cleopatra'

November 13, 2012|By Deborah Vankin
  • Tarell Alvin McCraney will direct a new version of Shakespeare's "Antony and Cleopatra," which will premiere next year.
Tarell Alvin McCraney will direct a new version of Shakespeare's… (The Public Theater / Associated…)

Award-winning playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney will direct a new -- and drastically different -- version of Shakespeare’s "Antony and Cleopatra." McCraney’s adaptation explores colonialism and racial politics set against the Haitian Revolution in the 1700s.

The production is a collaboration among the Royal Shakespeare Company in England, Miami's GableStage and New York’s Public Theater. It will premiere November 2013 at the Royal Shakespeare Company's Stratford-upon-Avon home, before playing Stateside at GableStage in January 2014 and then the Public Theater in late January 2014.  

"The Brothers Size," one in McCraney’s acclaimed trilogy “The Brother/Sister Plays,” earned the playwright the New York Times’ Outstanding Playwright Award in 2009; that year he was also awarded the Steinberg Playwright Award.

McCraney is an ensemble member of the Steppenwolf Theatre Company, which will produce his new play, “Head of Passes,” in Spring 2013. He is also an artistic associate at the Royal Shakespeare Company.

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