Antony & Cleopatra

10th Annual Twilight Tragedie opens June 21 2014. Previews June 19 & 20

Describing the play as a culture clashing, political love story, director Elizabeth Huffman draws on her Arabic roots, her lifelong fascination with Roman history and an avid interest in today’s multicultural landscape to examine Shakespeare’s most complex adult love story.

For this production she weaves together elements of three periods of time: the ancient world of the play, the Shakespearean world that it was written in, and the modern world that we live in now to illuminate the themes and questions embedded in the play: What happens when two powerful rulers from vastly different cultures, ideologies and political agendas dare to fall in love? Is it romantic destiny or political suicide? Have we changed the way we deal with that question today?

Featuring live Arabic and contemporary music, an outstanding international cast, a mystical Soothsayer, additional text from Kahil Gibran and John Dryden’s play All for Love, combined with a stellar design team and a beautiful evening setting in the park, we are excited to share this unique production with you.

Runs June 21st-July 26th. (Previews June 19 & 20)  Specific show dates and times can be found on the calendar.

The cast:

Cleopatra: Andrea White
Antony: Matt Dibiasio
Caesar 1: Sam Levi/Josh Rice
Note: We have 2 actors playing the role of Caesar in alternating performances.
Agrippa: Kris Mahoney Watson
Pompey: Tom Mounsey
Charmian: D. C. Copeland
Iras: Anna Xenokrati
Enobarbus: Anthony Green
Mecaenus: Chris Beatty
Mardian: Enrique Andrade
Octavia: Sarah Peters
Soothsayer: Jocelyn Seid
Lepida: Sofia May-Cuxim
Alexas: Lawrence Siulagi
Menas/Egyptian Musician/Soldier: Otniel Henig

Antony and Cleopatra Production Team:
Director: Elizabeth Huffman
Producer: Patrick J. Cox
Stage Manager: Valerie Lenz
Set: Sarah Lydecker
Costumes: Kate Schroeder
Music: Chris Beatty
Fight Choreographer: Kristen Mun
Arabic Coach: Issra Hassani’s
Dramaturg: Alex Diaz-Hui
Makeup Designer: Rebekah Chatham

Assistant Stage Manager: Emma Lewins
Assistant Stage Manager: Halie Becker

Elizabeth Huffman, Director

Elizabeth’s directing has earned her, her actors, or her designers over 8 Drammy awards in the past 4 years that she has been living in Portland. She served for two years as interim Artistic Director of The Classic Greek Theatre of Oregon and in Los Angeles she was the founder and Artistic Director of an international classical company, ICAP whose work was chosen to represent the USA in four international festivals in several cities across Germany. Also in Los Angeles she was Artistic Co-ordinator for The Classical Theatre Lab for 8 years and in New York she co- created The Beacon Project, a classical theatre company in which she directed and acted for five years. She is currently an associate member of Post 5 Theatre. Recent directing credits include Oedipus El Rey, Lion in Winter, Bon Ton Roulet at The Shakespeare Café, King John, Ladies Man, November, Oedipus the King and Trojan Women and next season she will direct Mary Stuart by Peter Oswald for NWCTC and American Night by Richard Montoya for The Miracle Theatre. She has designed costumes for over 150 shows in New York, Los Angeles, Portland and in other regional theatres around the country. A member of Actors Equity, she has performed both nationally and internationally and will be seen later this summer in Profile Theatre’s one act festival of Sam Shepherd plays. She is grateful to be directing Antony and Cleopatra for PAE and thanks the company for their stellar support on this show.

Andrea White

(Cleopatra) Andrea has most has most recently been seen on the Portland stage as Emily in the Submission (Defunkt Theater) and Fewer Emergencies, Black Mary (Portland Playhouse), Dussie Mae in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (Portland Playhouse), Radio Gold as Mame (Portland Playhouse), Locomotion (OCT), as well as a two year run of Hair as Jeanie (Los Angeles). Andrea is a two time Drammy Award Winner for her work in Two Sisters and a Piano (Artist Repertory Theater) and Hell Cab (Theater Vertigo). Her Television Credits include Grimm, Leverage, NYPD Blue, and Family Matters. Andrea is also an instructor at the Portalnd Actors Conservatory.

Anthony Green

(Enobarbus) holds a BFA in Theatre Arts and a Master of Theatre Studies (Production and Design) from SOU. Tony was last seen as Albany at NWCTC. While this is his PAE debut, it is the third time he has had the privilege to work with Elizabeth Huffman, who also directed Tony as Cardinal Pandolph in King John at NWCTC and the Drammy Award winning Oedipus El Rey at Milagro Theatre. Other Portland credits include Borachio and Friar Francis in Much Ado About Nothing with Re-Theatre Instrument, the Duke in Two Gentlemen of Verona at Disjecta, Persuasion with Quintessence and How The Garcia Girls Lost Their Accent and BoomCrackleFly at Milagro Theatre.

Tom Mounsey

(Pompey/ Proculeius) is excited to appear in his first PAE production. Since graduating from the Portland Actors Conservatory in 2008, Tom has appeared with numerous companies all over the city. He is a proud company member of Theatre Vertigo.

Josie Seid

(Soothsayer) Josie Seid has appeared in several productions in the Portland Area.  Some of her favorite roles were in Public House Theater’s To Kill a Mockingbird where she held the roles of Calpurnia and Mr. Gilmer (among others) as well as being a member of the Drammy Award Winning ensemble of Brother Sister Plays with Portland Playhouse.  Additionally, she has held the role of Trix in Broadway Rose’s production of The Drowsy Chaperone. This marks Josie’s debut with the Portland Actor’s Ensemble and she is honored and humbled to share the stage with such an amazingly talented cast of actors.

DC Copeland

(Chariman) This is D.C.’s Portland acting debut. Previous acting experience includes The Caucasian Chalk Circle at the Yale Repertory Theatre, Marat/Sade and Beowulf at the Yale Dramatic Association. She thanks Elizabeth Huffman for this exciting opportunity and all of her dear ones for their love and support.

Matthew DiBiasio

(Marc Antony) Recent stage credits include Othello (PCS) and True West (Our Shoes Are Red). Other stage credits include: Oedipus (Stanford University Summer Theatre), The Black Lizard (Imago Theater), ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore (Compass Rep.), Much Ado about Nothing (Willamette Shakespeare), King John (NWCTC), Oh The Humanity, This Lime Tree Bower, Ursula, Thom Pain (based on nothing), Far Away and the world premier of Mac Wellman’s Anything’s Dream (Our Shoes Are Red). Matt is a company member of Our Shoes Are Red and has recently enjoyed film work with Portland based Nomenstatua Productions. Gratitude to God and all who have supported.

Chris Beatty

(Mecaenus) is a composer, sound designer, and actor whose recent performances include Post5’s Julius Caesar, 1001 Arabian Nights, and The Waterman. Other credits include readings for Readers Theatre Repertory, and Mormon Redneck. Chris is extremely excited to be sharing his summer with PAE and OPS.

Sarah Peters

(Octavia/ Masked Woman) recently played Dorine in Tartuffe at Post5, Diresceleto Itzin in Milagro’s Corrido Calavera,  and Alice/Constable in Anon It Moves’ The Fifth. She wrote music with Chris Beatty for Post5’s Arabian Nights. Sarah has enjoyed traveling with Bond Street Theater (New York) to India, and across the US with the One Second Film Road-to-Oprah tour, and performing in The Buddha Prince, about life of the Dalai Lama. Recent directing credits include Post5’s holiday show No One Likes Scrooge, and Well Arts’ Jump at the Sun. Sarah graduated (MFA) from Dell’Arte International in northern California, and the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (BFA, acting).

Anna Xenokrati

(Iras) is thrilled to be part of the A&C project and to work with such a brilliant cast. Anna is a graduate of Portland Actors Conservatory and holds an MFA in Theatre from the University of Bristol, England. Anna’s Portland work includes Mary in Sarah Ruhl’s Passion Play, the Courtesan in The Comedy of Errors and Hypatia in the Affair at Hotel du Mot.

Kate Schroeder

(Costume Designer and Seamstress) Kate Schroeder graduated with a BA in Art History from Willamette University where she also worked in the university costume department. Most recently she designed costumes for Grapes of Wrath at the Hillbarn Theatre in Foster City, CA. Designing for the contrasting world of exotic Egypt and militant Roman for Antony and Cleopatra has been a delightful change from the dusty and destroyed costumes of the Great Depression. Harboring a love of Shakespeare, Kate has also worked as costume technician for Much Ado About Nothing and King Lear at Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre, Measure for Measure at Willamette University Theatre and Cymbeline at the San Francisco Shakespeare Theatre. Kate would like to thank her family for their love and support.

Josh Rice

(Caesar) Since moving to Portland in winter of 2012, Josh has been seen in defunkt theatre’s The Boys in the Band, and Northwest Classical Theatre’s The Lion in Winter. In addition to his theatrical work, Josh has been seen on the TV series Grimm, and can be seen in the upcoming feature film The PIG Theory and TV series, Runestone.

Kristopher Mahoney-Watson

(Agrippa) has been performing in and around Portland for the better part of a decade, principally as an actor but on occasion as a singer and guitarist. He recently portrayed Orlando in Post5’s production of Bon Ton Roulet at the Shakespeare Café and Tybalt in Willamette Shakespeare’s production of Romeo & Juliet. Other recent work includes The Drum Major in Ominous Horse’s debut production of Woyzeck and Bertram in Willamette Shakespeare’s All’s Well that Ends Well. He studied theater at Portland State University.

Lawrence Siulagi

(Alexas) enjoyed playing a variety of roles such as Agamemnon in Iphigenia in Aulis, The Mikado, Pozzo in Waiting for Godot and Carlos Homenides in A Flea in Her Ear while pursuing an A.B. in Drama (directing emphasis) at San Diego State. He rattled the boards in Portland Opera’s Tosca, performed staged readings with Fuse Theatre Ensemble, Teatro Milagro, Cerimon House and PDX Playwrights, played supporting characters in two films, and is now proud to be in PAE’s Antony & Cleopatra.

Halie Becker

(Slave Girl) hails from Wisconsin and is studying at Portland Actors Conservatory. She has a bachelor’s in Theatre Performance from UW La Crosse. This is her first Portland theatrical credit and she could not be more honored to be a part of this amazing production. Her credits include: Antigone, Big Love, Bedroom Farce, and A Gentleman and a Scoundrel. She would like to thank her family and friends for their continued love and support.

Valerie Lenz

(Production Stage Manager) Valerie recently completed an MFA in Dramaturgy from Stony Brook University in New York and holds a BA from Michigan State University. While completing her Maters degree she worked as an education intern at Lincoln Center Theatre and taught theatre classes at SBU. Previously she worked as a production stage manager on three national tours with TheatreWorksUSA in Manhattan. Valerie has worked as an actor, a stage manager, a dramaturg, and a director, for various Off-Broadway and Off-Off Broadway productions. She would like to thank Elizabeth and Portland Actors Ensemble for this amazing opportunity.

Patrick J Cox

(Producer) Patrick J. Cox is an actor/producer from Los Angeles and a veteran of over 20 productions in Shakespeare’s canon. Producer credits: Henry IV, Part I, Richard III, Hamlet, Twelfth Night, Cymbeline, How I Learned to Drive, and Fool for Love. Patrick is the Operations Director for Portland Actors Ensemble.

Sam Levi

(Caesar) recently played Francisco/Ensemble in Post 5 Theatre’s Hamlet. He performs throughout the west coast with the Traveling Lantern Theatre Company. Stage management credits include The 39 Steps at Clackamas Rep. and Tartuffe at Post 5. This September he looks forward to playing Stevie in Good People at Clackamas Rep.

Sofia May-Cuxim

(Lepida) is an actor, singer, writer, translator and certified interpreter from Mexico City. She started learning English at 18, then Russian, and studied Dramatic Literature and Theater at UNAM. Locally, she has performed in: ¡Viva Don Juan!, Ana en el trópico, Jardín de Sueños (playwright), Guapa, Ardiente Paciencia, the 2012 and 2013 La Luna Nueva Festival, and Latino Artist Exchange with Milagro, and Scrooge and the Mayan Apocalypse with Post5. Since 1974, Sofia has won several awards for her writing. This is her first time working with Ms. Huffman and PAE and she thanks them both.

Enrique E Andrade

(Mardian), originally from Mexico City, is a graduate of the U of O. He has performed in numerous Miracle Theater productions, including 2012’s Oedipus el Rey, winner of 6 Drammys, and RAIZ. He performed in Astor Piazzolla’s Maria de Buenos Aires at the Aspen Festival of Music as well as with 3rd Angle Music Ensemble, and in 2013 with the Lexington Philharmonic. Enrique’s television credits include Leverage and Grimm. He is well known as the Spanish voice on MAX, as well as various TV/radio/internet commercials in both English and Spanish and as a story teller at Portland Story Theater.

Otniel Henig

(Menas), a graduate of Portland Actors Conservatory (2014), has been seen recently at PAC as Van in Dog Sees God and The Student in Opus 3: After Strindberg, a devised piece with Portland Experimental Theatre Ensemble. Other roles include Jun’ichi Amamiya in The Black Lizard at Imago Theatre. He’s pumped to bring Shakespeare to the beautiful parks of Portland!

Sarah Lydecker

(Set Design) Sarah Lydecker is a Portland production designer and scenic artist.   Recent credits include Grimm, The Librarians, Maple and Vine (CoHo Theatre), Famished (Portland Playhouse), and 99 Ways (Theatre Vertigo).

Emma Lewins

(Assistant Stage Manager) Emma was last seen with P.A.E in 2007 as a page in Taming of the Shrew. This year she has been nominated for a Spotlight award for Stage Management. She is currently the Resident Assistant Stage Manager for Stumptown Stages and in her spare time is a Business Major at PSU. Many thanks and hugs to those who keep me sane.