Jamaica Moon Productions & The GGC Players Present
"Antony & Cleopatra”
Directed by Gloria Gifford
William Shakespeare’s Antony & Cleopatra is rarely produced in Southern California, and it may be because the genre-defying play is one of the Bard’s most complex: It’s a history play, but it takes liberties with historical facts; It could be seen as a sequel to Julius Caesar, yet it stands on its own; Its heroine is a leader of men, but also an object of male sexual desire. Its complexity, however, may be the source of its appeal.
William Shakespeare’s Antony & Cleopatra has its all: Romance, passion, sex, heartbreak, the fascination of royalty, war, politics, the epic sweep of history and, at its center, one of history’s most celebrated love stories: that of Antony, a general and triumvir of the Roman Republic who defied his Emperor; and the woman for whom Antony was willing to risk all, the Macedonian usurper of the throne of Egypt, the mighty Queen Cleopatra.
In one of her signature moves, director Gloria Gifford retains Shakespeare’s text while augmenting the proceedings with a contemporary song score.
The New York and Broadway- trained director/actress/teacher Gloria Gifford received an M.A. from the New School, where she studied Criminology after graduating with a degree in Political Science from SUNY New Paltz. She has directed over 75 stage productions, including On Golden Pond (with Salome Jens and Andrew Prine), Our Lady of 121st St. (L.A. Times Critic’s Choice), Much Ado About Nothing, The Tempest, Romantic Comedy, A Bed and a Bar, Summer and Smoke, Wait Until Dark, and many more. A veteran actor with credits on Broadway, in hit films (opposite Richard Pryor, Eddie Murphy, John Candy and Tobey Maguire), and recurring roles on four TV series, she has also been known as an acting coach to emerging stars and as the producer of the Rebel Planet Short Film Festival in Hollywood. She is currently the recipient of two NAACP Theatre Award nominations for directing (Much Ado About Nothing; Down on Your Knees and Up to the Moon).
Her company for William Shakespeare’s Antony & Cleopatra includes (in alphabetical order) George Benedict, Raven Bowens, Billy Budinich, Victor Carter, Marlin Chan, Leana Chavez, Haile D’Alan, Yvette DeVito, Sonia Diaz, Chad Doreck, Joshua Farmer, Joe Filippone, Irini Gerakas, Keturah Hamilton, Chris Jones, Naté Jones, Abigail Kochunas, Joey Marie, Christian Maltez, Sam Mansour, Kelly Musslewhite, Tracey Nelson, Benito Paje, Kasia Pilewicz, Lauren Plaxco, Antonio Roccucci, Cynthia San Luis, Danny Siegel, Tejah Signori, Samiyah Swann, Justin Truesdale, Nancy Vivar, Keith Walker, Lucy Walsh and Jade Warner.
Stage managers: Justin Truesdale, Keith Walker. Set design: Gloria Gifford. Costume design: Gloria Gifford, Kasia Pilewicz. Hair/Make-up: Kasia Pilewicz. Lighting technician: Chris Rivera.
Experience William Shakespeare’s Antony & Cleopatra and watch a love story that will continue to endure through the ages.
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