TALKS: Joaquina Kalukango of ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA

A and CThis season has been a big year for Shakespeare on and off-Broadway. We’ve had R & J twice, Mark Rylance and co. came across the pond for Twelfe Night and Richard III, the ladies at the Donmar Warehouse brought Julius Caesar to Brooklyn, Love’s Labour’s Lost and Comedy of Errors were in the park last summer, so many Macbeth’s I’ve lost count, Lear is in Brooklyn, and there are probably quite a few more that I’ve missed.  Starting next week, you will have the chance to delve into the world of another great play by the Bard. After playing in London and Miami,  this international collaboration (The Public Theater, Royal Shakespeare Company, and GableStage) of Antony and Cleopatra is coming to NYC! Keep reading for my phone interview with one of the shows stars, Joaquina Kalukango.

Set in 18th century Haiti on the eve of the revolution against the French, director Tarell Alvin McCraney has transformed the classic tale of romance and political drama to give it a whole new look and feel. The blossoming Joaquina Kalukango (The Mountaintop, Emotional Creature, Hurt Village) and British actor Jonathan Cake (The Philanthropist, Cymbeline) play the doomed lovers in this diverse rendition of the play.

I was able to catch up with Joaquina over the phone to chat about being a black woman portraying Cleopatra, transitioning the show from London and Miami, and much more! Check out our conversation below:

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Antony and Cleopatra is running at The Public Theater February 18 – March 23 and opens March 5. Tickets are available now. CLICK HERE to purchase online. Student Rush tickets are available at the box office for $25 ( one per student I.D.). $20 General Rush tickets are subject to availability. Cash only for both. Use the Code FRIENDS for $30 tickets and tell them you head about it on Arts in Color. Don’t wait too late to get your tickets!

Joaquina Kalukango as Cleopatra and Jonathan Cake as Mark Antony in Antony and Cleopatra. Photo by Hugo Glendinning

Joaquina Kalukango as Cleopatra and Jonathan Cake as Mark Antony in Antony and Cleopatra. Photo Credit: Hugo Glendinning

 

Are you familiar with the story of Antony and Cleopatra? What do you think of this new concept? What’s your favorite Shakespeare play? Who do you think would win in a love battle: Anthony and Cleopatra or Romeo and Juliet? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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