Presented by The Cooperage Project Led by Dr. Robert Dugan Donations collected at the door. Enjoy a summer evening at The Cooperage with a screening of Antony & Cleopatra (part 1). Save the date for Part 2 on August 24. Antony and Cleopatra is a tragedy by William Shakespeare based on Thomas North‘s translation of Plutarch‘s Lives and follows the relationship between Cleopatra and Mark Antony from the time of the Sicilian revolt to Cleopatra’s suicide during the Final War of the Roman Republic. The major antagonist is Octavius Caesar, one of Antony’s fellow triumvirs of the Second Triumvirate and the first emperor of the Roman Empire. The tragedy is mainly set in Rome and Egypt, and is characterized by swift shifts in geographical location and linguistic register as it alternates between sensual, imaginative Alexandria and a more pragmatic, austere Rome. Dr. Robert Dugan will introduce the play with a brief background and orientation. “Shakespeare is fun,” he says, “and profound because the plays are so resilient and adaptable. There are no definitive or final versions, so they remain alive and relevant.” For centuries there have been countless different interpretations of the plays. They are constantly revealing themselves in light of new perspectives and varied settings, from the Victorian Era to the twenty first century. “You can do anything to Shakespeare,” Dr. Dugan says, “except change the words. Once you alter the language, it is no longer Shakespeare.” After the screening, there will be an opportunity for impressions and sharing.