The power struggle between Rome and Egypt is played out in the romantic potential between Octavian and Cleopatra. Set in Alexandria in 30 B.C., Octavian has already defeated his rivals Marc Antony and Cleopatra on the battlefield. Each must now consider their next moves. All the civilized world hangs in the balance, and so do their personal lives. The musical is sung through. The lush score embodies the clash of cultures with militaristic Roman music and exotic Egyptian music.Memorable melodies fill the air.
Cleopatra’s ladies in waiting give her a potion to calm her over the her grief of the suicide of her husband, Marc Anthony. In a drunken stupor, Cleopatra mistakes the Captain of the Roman guard for her former lover and husband. The ladies in waiting gladly let this happen, hoping that the captain would fall in love with Cleopatra, and help them them to escape from Egypt. (Cleopatra played by Sharon Lesley Ohrenstein, Baron Garriott playes Captain Derceteus at the Players Theatre production in Sarasota, Florida)
Description Tags: Strong Role for a Leading Man *Strong Role for a Leading Lady *Musical Drama *Minimal Sets and Costumes *Period Piece/Historical *Classic Broadway *Operetta/Operatic.
“A woman with a heart of gold
Cannot be bought or sold”
Robby May; Sharon Lesley Ohrenstein
The Ghosts of Cleopatra’s former two husbands, Julius Caesar and Marc Antony. communicate to Octavian that he must go back to Cleopatra and tell her that he loves her. Unfortunately, Octavian responds to this ghostly communication by saying: “My favorite saying and words I live by, are “make haste slowly.” We all know what happens afterwards.
The ladies trio(below) contrasts the men’s (above). Cleopatra knows she has lost the battle with Octavian. With her ladies in waiting, they agree to end their lives together, as they know they will be reincarnated in the next. Cleopatra instructs them on the method to use so they may be reborn in high positions. “You must wear gold”, she sings. In the youtube above, Daniel Hoffman sings Octavian’s role, Joseph Fast plays Marc Anthony’s ghost and David Powers plays the ghost of Julius Caesar at our production at the Palladium Theater in St. Petersberg.
Below: Corole Cornman sings the part of Iris, Gisella Monclova sings the role of Charmian, while Sharon Lesley Ohrenstein, writer and lyricist, sings the role of Cleopatra.
The main theme of our show is the power that love has to transform as Cleopatra causes Octavian to turn away from being an unfeeling General into becoming Augustus, the philosopher and first king of Rome. We are looking for angels and venues to produce our joint labor of love. The newest rewrite also includes our new title: The Cup of Cleopatra.