"...always smartly campy, often over-the-top, occasionally very raunchy, and always hilarious — with an infinite all-you-can-eat buffet of priceless lines and situations running throughout." - Huffington Post, Read More
- Strong Language
- Mild Adult Themes
- Minimum Fee: $75 per performance
- Time Period: Greek; Roman & Biblical
- Duration: 90 minutes
- Setting: Several locations in Rome and Egypt.
- Additional Features: No intermission
- Features / Contains: Period Costumes
CAESAR - Magnetic Roman leader in his late middle age.
MARC ANTONY - Handsome, gruff warrior with a fatal weakness for women
OCTAVIAN - Young ruthlessly ambitious heir to Caesar
APOLLODRUS - Musclebound devoted slave to Cleopatra
SOOTHSAYER - Nervous, highly emotional wandering prophet
CHARMION - Beautiful young handmaiden to Cleopatra and very much in charge
IRAS - Lovely handmaiden to Cleopatra, with a bawdy sense of humor
CALPURNIA - Caesars imposing and imperious wife
OCTAVIA - Octavian’s gentle and delicately beautiful twin sister
LEPIDUS - A worldly and dignified elder Roman Senator
ACHMED - A violent, unscrupulous slave trader
- Non-Traditional casting
- Cross gender casting
- Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
- Drag performance
- Expandable casting
The original production had a cast of eight actors, with several roles doubled. The play can also be performed with a larger cast each playing only one role. Several roles in the original production used cross gender casting. This is not a necessity. What is important is that each role be played with total conviction. The humor must not derive from the role being played by someone of the opposite sex, but from the lines and situation being comic.
Suggested doubling and gender crossed casting:
Octavian/ Octavia - played by a woman
Caesar/ Calpurnia/ Lepidus - played by a man
Apollodorus/ Achmed - played by a man
Cleopatra - played by a man
Cleopatra premiered at Theater for a New City in New York City in March 2016 under the direction of Carl Andress.