ANTONY + CLEOPATRA

ANTONY + CLEOPATRA

June 2-11  

Written By William Shakespeare 

Adapted and Directed by Rory Pelsue

As imperial general of the Roman army, Antony is the butchest guy in Rome. Nothing can stop him from achieving world domination... except love.  His passionate affair with Cleopatra – the sexy, brilliant, and capricious queen of Egypt – is treasonous to his country and his masculine ideals. Will Antony and Cleopatra sacrifice the pursuit of ambition for the pursuit of pleasure? And at what cost? This all male Antony + Cleopatra digs into these questions through the playful and anarchic lens of drag.

PRODUCTION PHOTOS

Photographs by Elizabeth Green

CAST

Ben Anderson -

Enobarbus, Octavia, and others

Ben Anderson is a rising third-year Acting MFA candidate at the Yale School of Drama where his credits include Our Lady of 121st Street, New Domestic Architecture, The Dog Pack Play, Bulgaria Revolt!, Tis Pity She's A Whore, and Titus Andronicus. Regional credits include Yale Rep, Indiana Repertory Theatre, The New Harmony Project, The Road Theatre Company, Rogue Machine, the Yale Cabaret, and the Yale Institute of Music Theatre. Ben hails from Los Angeles, California and holds a BFA in Theatre Performance from the University of Evansville in Indiana. 

Erron Crawford -

Cleopatra

Erron Crawford’s artistic journey was jump started at the age of 9, when he was introduced to art as a means of sociopolitical change. He is now entering his second year as a MFA Acting Candidate at Yale School of Drama, where his credits include Elegba in In the Red and Brown Water (Yale Cabaret) and Chorus in If Pretty Hurts Ugly Must Be A Muhfucka (Carlotta Festival). Erron holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from Carnegie Mellon University (Red Carter in Seven Guitars, The Wiz in The Wiz). Erron hopes to continue to be the change he wants to see through beautifully collaborative artistry.

Hudson Oznowicz -

Antony

Hudson Oznowicz  just finished his first year as an MFA Acting Candidate at the Yale School of Drama. He'd like to extend his deepest appreciation to everyone living life like an Alexandrian and to you for watching this phase of our process. Hudson earned his BFA in Acting from NYU Tisch.

Steven Lee Johnson -

Caesar, Soothsayer, and others

Steven Lee Johnson is thrilled to be back for his sixth show in the cabaret! Yale School of Drama credits include Amy and the Orphans, Three Sisters, Othello, and A Midsummer Night's Dream. Regional credits include The Guthrie, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Door Shakespeare, Park Square, and Theater Latte Da. Television: Chicago Fire (NBC) and Masterclass (HBO). Steven is a Presidential Scholar in the Arts and holds a BFA from the University of Minnesota/Guthrie BFA Actor Training Program. In the fall he will be entering his third year as an MFA acting candidate at the Yale School of Drama. 

Jakeem Powell -

Iras, Eros

Jakeem Powell is a rising second-year MFA candidate at Yale School of Drama. His credits include If Pretty Hurts Ugly Must Be A Muhfucka (Yale School of Drama); In the Red and Brown Water (Yale Cabaret); A Raisin in the Sun (Dallas Theatre Center); The Man in the Iron MaskHenry IV Part 2The Mandrake (Shakespeare Santa Cruz); and Blues for Mister CharlieRichard III, and Alice Underground at Southern Methodist University where he earned a BFA in acting.

Arturo Soria -

Charmian, Agrippa and others

Arturo Soria just finished his first-year as an MFA candidate in Acting at the Yale School of Drama. Recent credits include Shylock in Everything that Never Happened (12th Annual Carlotta Festival, Yale School of Drama); The Meal, Debacles (Yale Cabaret); World Premiere of Scenes from Court Life, or the whipping boy and his prince (Yale Repertory Theatre); World Premiere of Hit the Wall (Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Off-Broadway at Barrow Street Theatre); World Premiere of Olivério: A Brazilian Twist (Kennedy Center); World Premiere of Deferred Action (Dallas Theater Center); Peter and the Starcatcher (Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Milwaukee Rep, Cincinnati Playhouse); Water by the Spoonful (Studio Theatre); World Premiere of Seven Spots on the Sun (Cincinnati Playhouse); Oedipus el Rey and Equivocation (Victory Gardens Theatre). Arturo received his BFA in Acting from the Theatre School at DePaul University in Chicago. ArturoSoria.org

CREATIVE

TEAM

Rory Pelsue -

Director

Rory Pelsue is currently an MFA Candidate in Directing at the Yale School of Drama. His credits at Yale include Othello, Bluebeard's WifeCloud PeopleAnd Tell Sad Stories of the Death of Queens at the Yale Cabaret, Assassins at Yale Repertory Theater (as assistant to James Bundy), and his upcoming thesis production of Passion in January 2018. In addition to his current term as co-artistic director of the Yale Summer Cabaret, Rory will serve as the Associate Artistic Director of Yale Cabaret in the 2017-2018 year.  

Michael Breslin -

Choreographer

Michael Breslin is a dramaturg and performer who is currently pursuing his M.F.A. in Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism at Yale School of Drama. Cabaret credits include: This American Wife (co-creator and performer), The Other World, The Red Tent, and Yale School of Drag. His work has been seen at the Queer New York International Arts Festival and Dixon Place, and he has assisted on and dramaturged works by Tina Satter/Half Straddle, Raja Feather Kelly, and Jeremy O. Harris. He holds a B.A. from Hamilton College in theatre and comparative literature. Instagram: @mischabreslin 

Cat Rodriguez -

Dramaturg

Catherine María Rodríguez is a rising third-year MFA candidate at Yale School of Drama, where she founded El Colectivo, Yale’s Latinx theatre group. Catherine currently serves on the National Endowment for the Arts’ theater panel, the Latinx Theatre Commons’ National Steering Committee, Literary Managers & Dramaturgs of the Americas’ Board of Directors, and Yale School of Drama’s Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion Working Group. Prior, she was the Dramaturgy & Artistic Fellow at Baltimore Center Stage, visiting instructor of dramaturgy at Catholic University, co-organizer of the national online parity project #WikiTurgy, and co-host of the Dramaturgy Open Office Hours Project. Recent credits: If Pretty Hurts Ugly Must Be a MuhFucka: An understanding of a West African folktale (Yale School of Drama); Seven Guitars (Yale Repertory Theatre); And Tell Sad Stories of the Death of Queens and Salt Pepper Ketchup (Yale Cabaret). Past credits: Baltimore Center Stage, El Círculo Teatral (México), Borderlands, Steppenwolf, and Northwestern University (visiting researcher in Performance Studies). Carnegie Mellon: BFA, Dramaturgy; BA, Hispanic Studies. Black Lives Matter.

Riw Rakkulchon -

Set Design

Riw Rakkulchon is a scenic designer from Bangkok, Thailand. Riw is currently pursuing his MFA in Stage Design at the Yale School of Drama. Throughout his career thus far, Riw has worked as a Props Intern and Scenic Design Intern at Williamstown Theatre Festival, and was an Associate on several productions in Thailand. Other productions that Riw has designed include Parent Stories and the world premiere of Slashes of Light at the Kitchen Theatre with Civic Ensemble Ithaca.  Riw has also worked in collaboration with several theatre companies in Ithaca, including Ithaca Shakespeare Company (Julius Caesar), Melodramatics Theatre Company (Pippin), and Opera Ithaca (Il Sogno). Prior to Yale, Riw was an associate and assistant to several designers in New York while designing his own productions such as the world premieres of Far From Canterbury, This Life!, and Loose Canon.  Please feel free to check out his work at riwrdesign.com.

Krista Smith -

Lighting Design

Krista Smith is a rising third-year MFA candidate at Yale School of Drama where, her credits include Bulgaria! Revolt!, The Hour of Great Mercy, Everything That Never Happened, and The Merchant of Venice. For last year’s Summer Cabaret, Adam Geist and Alice in Wonderland. Other credits include: And Tell Sad Stories of the Death of Queens, Dutch Masters, Styx Songs, Collisions, and Debacles (Yale Cabaret). Originally from California, her regional credits include: The Marriage of FigaroOnce on This IslandJacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in ParisRENT (Cinnabar Theater); The Great Tragedies by Mike Daisey (California Shakespeare Theater); Anatol (Aurora Theatre); Fire Work (Theatre FIRST); Little Brother (Custom Made Theatre); A Doll’s House, The Wild Party, Flu Season, and Sueno (A.C.T. Conservatory); Equus (Boxcar Theater). She received her BA in drama from San Francisco State University.  www.KristaSmithLD.com

Cole McCarty - 

Costume Design

Cole McCarty is a rising third year MFA candidate at Yale School of Drama, where his credits include Blood Wedding and If Pretty Hurts Ugly Must Be a Muhfucka. Other recent credits include Current LocationThunder Above, Deeps BelowCollisions, Xander Xyst: Dragon 1 and The Meal (Yale Cabaret). A native Texan, his design credits include Loving vs. VirginiaLydie BreezeThe War Boys (Williamstown Theatre Festival); Reckless (Theatre Three), and the short film Rolling on the Floor Laughing (Official Selection Sundance Film Festival). He has assisted designers such as Catherine Zuber, Emilio Sosa, and Gabriel Berry on various Broadway, off-Broadway, and major regional productions. He holds a BFA in theatre design and technology from University of Evansville.

Michael Costagliola -

Sound Design

Michael Costagliola is a rising third-year MFA candidate at Yale School of Drama, where he has recently sound designed and composed for The Hour of Great MercyEverything That Never Happened, and the musical BULGARIA! REVOLT!; as well as Xander Xyst, Dragon: 1 and Styx Songs at the Yale Cabaret. He studied music at Brown University, where he received the Weston Award for Music Composition. He is a teaching artist in sound design for the Roundabout Theatre Company and is the resident composer for the AntiGravity Theatre Project. 

 

Olivia Plath -

Stage Manager

Olivia Plath is a rising second-year MFA candidate in Stage Management and is excited to be returning to the Cab this summer. Her YSD credits include The Three Sisters, Wrong River, In the Red and Brown Water, Escape from Happiness¸ and Everything That Never Happened. Prior to Yale, Olivia worked as a freelance Stage Manager in Louisville on shows such as Rumors, The Pillowman, The Dirty Sexy Derby Play, and Beauty and the Beast. She earned her BFA in Fine Art Photography and Acting at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond.