Shakespeare auditions scheduled this evening

Shakespeare auditions scheduled this evening

URBANA — The What You Will Shakespeare Company has auditions Wednesday evening (Oct. 2) for a play that tells the tale of two of history's most famous lovers: "Antony and Cleopatra."

Tryouts will be from 6 to 10 p.m. in Room 150 of the English Building, 608 S. Wright St., U. The performances will be Nov. 15-16.

No preparations are necessary to audition.

"Just show up, fill out a form, pick a monologue, read it over, come into the room when no one is in, and have fun," reads a news release from the theater company.

People who plan to audition are asked to RSVP at

The show will be directed by Liana Alcantara, with assistance from Ninos Baba.

"Antony and Cleopatra," a tragedy by William Shakespeare, was first printed in the First Folio of 1623. Its plot is 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, the future first emperor of Rome.

"Antony and Cleopatra lead armies," reads the release from the theater company. "They are respected leaders. They are politicians. They have responsibilities to their people, but most of all, they know better.

"This is not their first time in love. They have learned what it means to sacrifice. They have lived long enough to develop flaws and fears. Join us as we explore this classic, tragic history from the lovers' point of view and see what happens when you must choose between duty and love."

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