Miami: New ‘Antony and Cleopatra’ is set in 1700s Haiti
The production just opened in Miami Beach and is a trans-Atlantic collaboration of the Royal Shakespeare Company in England, Miami’s GableStage and The Public Theater in New York.
Director Tarell Alvin McCraney says setting the play at a time when Haiti was still a French colony amplifies the tension between Mark Antony and Cleopatra’s legendary romance and the historical power plays that tore them apart.
While still employing Shakespeare’s dialogue, McCraney casts Antony as a French general and Cleopatra as a commanding Haitian queen.
Source: Associated Press