Antony and Cleopatra

By William Shakespeare

Directed by John Varda

With the whole of the ancient Mediterranean world as their backdrop, Antony and Cleopatra, the First Man in Rome and the Queen of Egypt, fall in love. Too long do they gaze into each other's eyes, taking actions that are too little too late, as a vast empire and a royal realm slip from their grasp.

This production will be presented in the Roman/Egyptian period.

All performances will take place outdoors at Breese Stevens Field, built in 1926 in the Mediterranean Revival style.

Breese Stevens Field is conveniently located on E. Washington Ave. and N. Patterson St. It contains several locker rooms, each with sinks, toilets, showers, benches, mirrors, electricity and numerous clothing hooks. There is also a separate "green room" area. There are separate rest rooms for the public.


Audience seating is located under the covered roof at the west end of the facility. Several cement tiers can accommodate hundreds of portable chairs, which each audience member must bring!

FOOD AND DRINKS are welcome in the audience seating area but alcohol and glass containers are prohibited. Food carts will be present on the west side of Patterson Street from 5 p.m. until 6 p.m. before each performance. Audience food item tidy up will be appreciated.

Tickets - $10 each.

Produced by Madison Shakespeare Company at Breese Stevens Field, 900 E. Washington, Madison WI

Performances: July 24-28, 2013

Performance Times: Wednesday July 24, through Sunday, July 28, at 6:30 p.m.

Ticket Prices: $10.00

Call 608-274-4518 or visit for reservations or more information.

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Auditions will be held on the following days:


AUDITIONS will take place in Maple Bluff WI at 26 Cambridge Road. It's located off Sherman Ave at Lakeview, just past where Sherman and Fordem meet. Bus lines 2 and 28 stop on Sherman about two blocks away.

Sunday, May 5, 2 p.m.

Monday, May 6, 6:30 p.m.

If call backs are required:

Tuesday, May 7, 6:30 p.m.

Actors will read solo monologues from the play.

AUDITION FORM is downloadable from MSC website:

Audition forms will be available at the time of the audition. Resumes may be submitted with Audition Forms but not instead of them. Actors may include a photo or a photo will be taken of each person who auditions.

LOAD-IN at Breese Stevens will be on Saturday, July 20.

TECH-DRESS REHEARSALS will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday July 21, Monday July 22, and Tuesday, July 23.

PERFORMANCE DATES are Wednesday through Sunday July 24, 25, 26, 27, and 28, 2013 with a 6:30 p.m. start and an approximate 8:30 p.m. conclusion. There may be rain dates the following week.

There are four specifically designated female speaking roles in this play: Cleopatra, Octavia, Charmian, and Iras. Women will also be cast in speaking parts as messengers, attendants, and servants, and possibly as a soothsayer.

Characters, with suggested ages:

The role of Marc Antony is cast.

Cleopatra - 25-40

Octavius Caesar - 20's-30's

Enobarbus - 20's-40's

Lepidus - 50+

Pompey - 20's-30's

Octavia - 20+

Charmian - Age open

Friends to Antony - 30+

Friends to Caesar & Pompey - 18+

Soldiers, Sentries, Watch, Guards - 18+ - Soldiers must be able to run. Some soldiers will have speaking roles.

Officers - 25+

Messengers, Attendants & Servants - 18+ - most with speaking roles

Soothsayers - Mature, male or female

All races are welcome.

Those cast as attendants, servants, and soldiers will probably have minor on-stage responsibilities for scene and prop changes. Some soldiers and citizens may also be required to support or carry the bodies of the "dead" or "wounded".

Most cast and crew will have regular responsibilities as back stage dressers, as well as pre-show set-up and post-performance tidy up.

For more audition information, please contact director John Varda at 608-274-4518.

DESIGNERS AND TECHIES WANTED!: Set designer, carpenter, costumer, dressers, stage manager, assistant stage manager(s), props master, house manager.

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