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Winter 2016: Antony and Cleopatra, directed by Rayna Smith
“No grave upon the earth shall clip in it / a pair so famous”
Join us for a trip to Shakespeare’s Alexandria, where Mark Antony, drawn from his home in Rome by the cunning temptress Cleopatra, lives in unimaginable luxury. When his homeland enters a period of turmoil and his loyalties are tested, we travel throughout the classical world to Rome, Athens, and beyond. It is a world in which leaders play as hard as they work, transitioning seamlessly from careful political machination to drunken revelry to outright war. Antony and Cleopatra is a romantic tragedy of epic proportions, showcasing some of Shakespeare’s most magnificent language as the intensity of the lovers’ passion slowly brings them to their downfall.
Spring 2016: Wars of the Roses, co-directed by Adi Chang and Josh Petersen
Shakespeare’s inaugural plays Henry VI Parts 1, 2, and 3, and Richard III recount the political unrest England endured throughout the Wars of the Roses. King Henry VI, a Lancaster, is a young, naive, and pacifistic ruler who cannot handle the traitorous bloodlust of the York family, which includes one Duke Richard of Gloucester, a fearsome, crippled warrior whose are eyes set on the English throne. The Stanford Shakespeare Company presents Shakespeare’s first tetralogy, a set of four plays abridged into one 2.5-hour spectacle with violent, political antics ranging from a burning at the stake to the cold-blooded murders of both children and kings.
Meanwhile, take a look at what we have to offer throughout the year…