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Photo Flash: First Look at ANTONY & CLEOPATRA at Folger Theatre

Folger Theatre launches its 2017/18 season of power, passion, and politics with William Shakespeare's romantic tragedy of Antony and Cleopatra, onstage now through November 19, 2017. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below!

Directed by Robert Richmond (last season's acclaimed Timon of Athens, Othello, Henry V), the production will be presented in-the-round, offering greater intimacy to all of the intense action taking place in Rome and in Egypt, and will feature Shirine Babb (Julius Caesar, the upcoming 2018 Harry Potter and the Cursed Child on Broadway) as the powerful queen Cleopatra and Cody Nickell (The Taming of the Shrew, Arcadia) as Rome's noble soldier Mark Antony.

Julius Caesar is no more, and Mark Antony, at the peak of his political power, is ensconced in Egypt at the side of the irresistible Cleopatra. Torn between his military duty toward Rome and his passionate love affair with Cleopatra, Antony finds himself engaged in both war and romance. Shakespeare's classic encompasses politics and power, love and jealousy, alliance and misalliance.

Alongside Shirine Babb and Cody Nickell, the cast of Antony and Cleoptra features Dylan Paul as Antony's rival Octavius Caesar; Nigel Gore as Antony's close friend and confidant, Enorbarbus; Simoné Elizabeth Bart as Cleopatra's dutiful lady-in-waiting, Charmian; Chris Genebach as Octavius' chief admiral of the Roman navy, Agrippa; and Robbie Gay as the third triumvir, Lepidus. The production also includes John Floyd (Mardian), Nicole King (Iras, Octavia), and Anthony Michael Martinez (Soothsayer, Eros).

Robert Richmond will be reunited with the designers who helped to create the innovative worlds for Timon of Athens, Richard III, Othello, and Henry V, including four-time Helen Hayes Award winner Tony Cisek (scenic design), Mariah Hale (costume design), and Andrew F. Griffin (lighting design). The creative team will also include Adam Stamper (music composition and sound design).

Tickets are available online at www.folger.edu/theatre or by calling the Folger Box Office at (202) 544-7077.

Photo Credit: Teresa Wood

Photo Flash: First Look at ANTONY & CLEOPATRA at Folger Theatre
A moment of flirtatious play between Mark Antony (Cody Nickell) and his Cleopatra (Shirine Babb).

Photo Flash: First Look at ANTONY & CLEOPATRA at Folger Theatre
Dylan Paul as Octavius Caesar

Photo Flash: First Look at ANTONY & CLEOPATRA at Folger Theatre
Mardian (John Floyd) and Charmian (Simone Elizabeth Bart tend to their Queen of Egypt, Cleopatra (Shirine Babb).

Photo Flash: First Look at ANTONY & CLEOPATRA at Folger Theatre
Lepidus (Robbie Gay) leads the wedding ceremony between Mark Antony (Cody Nickell) and Octavia (Nicole King), bringing peace to the leaders of Rome, with Agrippa (Chris Genebach) looking on.

Photo Flash: First Look at ANTONY & CLEOPATRA at Folger Theatre
A mystifying soothsayer (Anthony Michael Martinez) looks into Mark Antony’s (Cody Nickell) future.

Photo Flash: First Look at ANTONY & CLEOPATRA at Folger Theatre
Cupid (John Floyd) and dancers Phrynia (Aliyah Caldwell, left) and Timandra (Amanda Forstrom) entertain Timon and his party guests.

Photo Flash: First Look at ANTONY & CLEOPATRA at Folger Theatre
Cody Nickell as Rome's Mark Antony

Photo Flash: First Look at ANTONY & CLEOPATRA at Folger Theatre
History's greatest love story: Cleopatra (Shirine Babb) and Mark Antony (Cody Nickell) share a moment of passion.

Photo Flash: First Look at ANTONY & CLEOPATRA at Folger Theatre
Mark Antony (Cody Nickell) prepares to attack the loyal Enobarbus (Nigel Gore).

Photo Flash: First Look at ANTONY & CLEOPATRA at Folger Theatre
Cleopatra, the Queen of Egypt (Shirine Babb) and Rome's Mark Antony (Cody Nickell) share a loving embrace.

Photo Flash: First Look at ANTONY & CLEOPATRA at Folger Theatre
Fearing the death of his beloved Cleopatra, Mark Antony (Cody Nickell) solicits Eros (Anthony Michael Martinez) to end his life.

Photo Flash: First Look at ANTONY & CLEOPATRA at Folger Theatre
Cleopatra (Shirine Babb) gives comfort to her dying Mark Antony (Cody Nickell).

Photo Flash: First Look at ANTONY & CLEOPATRA at Folger Theatre
Cleopatra, the Queen of Egypt (Shirine Babb) about to be put into the hands of Rome's Octavius Caesar.

Photo Flash: First Look at ANTONY & CLEOPATRA at Folger Theatre
Mark Antony (Cody Nickell, front center) and his army at war.

Photo Flash: First Look at ANTONY & CLEOPATRA at Folger Theatre
Mark Antony (center) and his men battle at sea, with Cleopatra (Shirine Babb, center) at the bow of the ship.

Photo Flash: First Look at ANTONY & CLEOPATRA at Folger Theatre
Rivals Octavius Caesar (Dylan Paul, left) and Mark Antony (Cody Nickell) peacefully agree to a truce.

Photo Flash: First Look at ANTONY & CLEOPATRA at Folger Theatre
A meeting of Rome's leaders, the triumvirate: Robbie Gay (Lepidus), Dylan Paul (Octavius Caesar), Cody Nickell (Mark Antony), with Chris Genebach (Agrippa) looking on the proceeding.

Photo Flash: First Look at ANTONY & CLEOPATRA at Folger Theatre
Iras (Nicole King), Cleopatra (Shirine Babb, center), and Charmian (Simone Elizabeth Bart (Charmian) make their entrance.

Photo Flash: First Look at ANTONY & CLEOPATRA at Folger Theatre
The leaders of Rome dance around Caesar's sister Octavia (Nicole King) after her marriage to Mark Antony.


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