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'Antony and Cleopatra' Highlights Annual Renaissance Festival

Released: 04/16/2010

Four presentations of “Antony and Cleopatra,” a tragedy by William Shakespeare, will highlight the 11th annual Renaissance Festival at LSU Alexandria. Shows will begin at sunset April 21-24 on the campus quadrangle.

The play is free, and attendees should bring their own lawn chairs or blankets for seating.

“Antony and Cleopatra,” believed to have been written in the early 1600s, follows the relationship between Cleopatra and Roman leader Mark Antony from the Parthian War to Cleopatra’s suicide. The major antagonist is Octavius Caesar, the future first emperor of Rome. Many critics consider Cleopatra one of the most complex female roles in Shakespeare’s work.

A cast of more than 25 from the Empty Space Players at LSUA will perform the play. It is directed by Richard Gwartney, associate professor of theatre and communication studies.

The festival portion of the event has been consolidated this year to begin at 3 p.m. on April 24. Activities include jousting, dance and musical presentations, belly dancing, and Elizabethan-era dress. A limited number of vendors will sell crafts and food.