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Read Antony and Cleopatra

Age cannot wither her, nor custom stale
Her infinite variety.

The barge she sat in, like a burnished throne
Burned on the water. The poop  was beaten gold;
Purple the sails, and so perfumed that
The winds were  love-sick with them.

I am dying, Egypt, dying; only
I here importune death awhile, until
Of many thousand kisses the poor last
I lay upon thy lips.

The tragedy of the legendary Cleopatra, last pharaoh of Egypt, and her lover Mark Antony, one of a triumvirate of rulers of the Roman Empire after the assassination of Julius Caesar.  (Antony gave the famous funeral speech: "Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears.")  The couple lived lavishly, governing Egypt and having three children together, while Antony neglected his duties (and wife) in Rome.  When Roman politics could no longer be ignored and war broke out, they were torn between pragmatism and passion.  Flawed though they were and no longer young, in the end these two chose a transcendent commitment to their love.

LOCATION & LOGISTICS: We'll be in the downstairs meeting room at the University branch of Seattle Public library at NE 50th and Roosevelt Way NE.  (This event is not sponsored by the Seattle Public Library.)  See here for directions http://www.spl.org/locations/university-branch/uni-getting-to-the-branch A lot of buses go nearby, and there's free parking in the library lot or on 9th Ave NE - 2 hr parking in front of the homes on 9th  or unlimited parking along the edge of the playfield on 9th south of 50th, or a bit further north on 9th above 50th, in front of the school or church where the yellow School Load Only signs are (they aren't in effect on Sat.). 

We can bring food into the meeting room as long as we clean up afterwards. This is a long play with many parts.  Reading the whole play takes most of the afternoon.

Bring a copy of the text if you have one, but if you don't, don't worry - we can share.   It's not necessary to read/watch/listen to the play before hand, but it's always helpful, and it's a good idea to at least be familiar with the plot.

I'm not sure whether I'll have time to write a synopsis, but you can easily find one on-line, for example here: http://www.playshakespeare.com/antony-and-cleopatra/synopsis 

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  • Caryl C

    Thanks to Nancy and Laurie for getting parts divvied up so quickly! We got through the play in good time, no serious lagging. Very fun!

    November 10, 2013

  • Patricia E.

    I'd never done a group read through before and enjoy the reading.

    November 10, 2013

  • Chris T.

    Great group—I plan to attend the entirety of the next Read-Through!

    November 9, 2013

  • Cole

    I'll be an hour late, if I make it all. Have fun!

    1 · November 9, 2013

  • Margaret

    Looking forward to reading Antony and Cleopatra!

    October 26, 2013

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