The first of August, and time for a new play.
It’s time for…
Antony and Cleopatra!
I’ve never read the play. I heard the whole Enobarbus “The barge she sat in like a burnished throne” speech. I knew about the asp.
I’ve seen it only once, last year at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.
And I’m looking forward to these next three months!
Fun Fact: We are starting this play on an appropriate day. On August 1, 30BCE, Marc Antony died. After the defection of his army to Octavian a year earlier at the Battle of Actium, and Octavian’s invasion of Egypt, fearing that Cleopatra had already committed suicide, he stabbed himself. It was a mortal wound, and when he learned that Cleopatra still lived, according to legend, he had his followers take him to her, where he died in her arms.