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A gay teenager leading a religious choir at a regimented prep school for African-Americans is a perfect theatrical metaphor for an individualist struggling to square his uncompromising self into a society built upon conformity. Elevated by thrilling music performed in five-part harmony, a depiction of this difficult dance is the premise of Tarell Alvin McCraney’s Choir Boy in GableStage’s intriguing production.
Teo Castellanos’ solo work Third Trinity, a commissioned work by Miami Light Project, is bold in its presentation, mostly because it’s an autobiographical story of Castellanos’ growing up — a story that, when said aloud, is like something out of a movie. Castellanos thought that too.
Just as Shakespeare’s poetry nestles surprisingly smoothly in the cadences of Caribbean characters, Tarell Alvin McCraney’s vision transplanting Antony and Cleopatra to 18th Century Haiti is less jarring and more intriguing than doubters might expect. An exotic vitality vibrates through this production of GableStage, Royal Shakespeare Company and Public Theater.
At a minimum, Thursday’s opening of Tarell Alvin McCraney’s fresh spin on Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra is a watershed event for the region. But this co-production of GableStage, the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Public Theater lays out a put-up-or-shut-up challenge to South Florida audiences and funders: Do you want to become a major theatrical hub?
GableStage is raising money for its January production of Antony and Cleopatra with online crowdsourcing. It seeks $55,000 in pledges through Dec. 21 through Kickstarter.com.
These photos were taken of the world premiere of Tarell Alvin McCraney’s new take on Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra which premiered this week at the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Swan Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon.
Galen Lambert and Charise Castro Smith, two performers with Miami backgrounds, are among the international cast and creative staff involved in Tarell Alvin McCraney’s production of Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra touring this winter at GableStage, the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Public Theater.
GableStage Season Features McCraney’s Antony & Cleopatra, and Durang’s Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike
GableStage’s 2013-2014 slate includes the just- coronated Tony winner for best play, Christopher Durang’s hilarious Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. Equally notable is the debut of hometown hero Tarell Alvin McCraney’s reinterpretation of Antony and Cleopatra in a joint production with the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Public Theatre in New York City that is likely to attract international attention.
The miracle of Tarell Alvin McCraney’s streamlined Hamlet at GableStage is that even after surgically slicing two-thirds of the script, the result remains not only effective theater but pure if distilled Shakespeare. It honors the music of the Bard’s language, but places an equal premium on actors communicating a line’s meaning rather than being mindlessly captive to the poetry.
Tarell Alvin McCraney, the Miami-raised playwright who has forged an international reputation, is bringing a new Haitian-flavored adaptation of Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra to GableStage in January 2014. The American premiere will be sandwiched between its world debut at the Royal Shakespeare Company in November 2013 and its subsequent co-production at The Public Theater in New York City in late January 2014.