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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.

In preparation for the Seattle Shakespeare Company's production opening in November, and following up on our reading of Julius Caesar in August, let's read 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. They 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: Since fall weather is cooler and unpredictable, we're back to an indoor location - 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. Reading the whole play takes much 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 the play before hand, but it's helpful to be familiar with the plot.

Synopsis of Antony and Cleopatra - coming soon!

I didn't want to delay posting any longer just because I don't have the synopsis written yet - you could easily Google one if you can't wait!

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