Kansas City Repertory Theatre has added Christopher Chen’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA to their 2017 OriginKC New Works Festival.
The production will be co-produced with UMKC’s Department of Theater with cast and creative support coming from both KC Rep and UMKC.
Commissioned by the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s “Play On!” program in which playwrights translate the Bard into contemporary English, Chen’s ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA will interpret the idea of empire-building through a contemporary lens, and reframe the tale to feature Cleopatra as the powerhouse heroine who drives the play.
“I’m overjoyed to feature Christopher Chen’s searing voice in our OriginKC festival alongside Christina Anderson and Larissa FastHorse,” says Director of New Works Marissa Wolf. “Delving into the breathtaking landscape of this new translation of ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA with the talented group of UMKC MFA students will be an exciting collaborative opportunity.”
ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA joins WHAT WOULD CRAZY HORSE DO? by Larissa FastHorse and MAN IN LOVE by Christina Anderson as part of the 2017 OriginKC New Work’s Festival. To find out more about the festival, or to purchase tickets, visit kcrep.org.