William Shakespeare's
Antony and Cleopatra

September 14th - October 1st, 2016

The Lab at Convergence
1819 N. Quaker Lane
Alexandria, VA 22302

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 8pm
Saturday at 2pm

Regular Tickets $25
Industry Night: Monday, September 26th at 8pm. Tickets only $15 for theatre industry professionals.

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About the Play

This fall Brave Spirits Theatre brings Alexandria, Egypt, to Alexandria, VA, with William Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra. Joe Carlson and BST Artistic Associate Jessica Lefkow star as the two lovers torn between their passions for each other and their duties to their countries. Performed by an ensemble cast of only ten, this epic story is produced in celebration of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.

Cast and Creative


Madeline Burrows

Madeline Burrows

the Soothsayer and Pompey

is a D.C.-based actor and musician. She holds a BA in Theatre & Women/Gender/Sexuality Studies from Hampshire College and has trained at Shakespeare & Company. Other area credits include productions with Chesapeake Shakespeare Company, PG County Shakespeare in the Parks, Single Carrot Theatre, KG Dance, Source Festival, and Taffety Punk. She is the creator and performer of the nationally touring solo show MOM BABY GOD, a dark comedy about teenage sexuality in the American right-wing. Madeline can be seen next in the world premieres of TAME at WSC Avant Bard and Hooded: Or Being Black for Dummies at Mosaic Theater Company. www.madelineburrows.com.



Joe Carlson*

Joe Carlson*

Marc Antony

LOCAL: The Night Alive at Round House Theatre, Colossal at Olney Theatre Center (Helen Hayes Robert Prosky Award Nomination), Lt. of Inishmore at Constellation Theater, Macbeth in Voodoo Macbeth at American Century Theatre, Beauty and the Beast, The Picture of Dorian Gray, and Lysistrata at Synetic Theater.  REGIONAL: Dancing at Lughnasa with Tantrum Theater in Ohio, Stanley in A Streetcar Named Desire (Richmond Theatre Critics Circle Nomination for Outstanding Leading Actor), Hamlet, Henry IV part II (Outstanding Supporting Actor Nomination from RTCC) and Henry V at Richmond Shakespeare. TV/FILM: Lincoln, Turn, Antihero, Killing Lincoln, Josephine, Psychotria, and a starring role in AMC’s The American West as Frank James. TRAINING: BFA in Performance and an MFA in Acting/Directing Pedagogy specializing in the application of Ritual Poetic Drama within the African Continuum. *Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States, appearing under a Special Appearance Contract.



Anika Harden

Anika Harden

Agrippa and Ventidius

Previous credits include The Dish (Capital Fringe 2014), H Street Housewives and Moths (Capital Fringe 2013), Butterfly (Wanderlust Theater Lab), Breaking Up with ED: Survivors Speak Out on Eating Disorders (Capital Fringe 2012), and Zalmoxis – A Pagan Mystery (Platforma Bucharest). She holds a BFA in Film Production from New York University and is a graduate of the Studio Theatre Acting Conservatory.



Hilary Kelly

Hilary Kelly

Menas, Eros, and Iras

Local credits include work with Rorschach Theatre, Young Playwrights’ Theatre, Source Festival, Capital Fringe, and more, as well as several area readings and workshops. Hilary graduated with a BA from The George Washington University in 2014 and has called D.C. home since. www.hilarymkelly.com



Jessica Lefkow

Jessica Lefkow

Cleopatra

previously appeared with Brave Spirits as Margaret in their 2012 production of Richard III. Local performances include work with 1st Stage, Taffety Punk, dogandponydc, and STC Education. Regional performance credits include work with Gulfshore Playhouse and the American Shakespeare Center. As a director and teacher, Jessica has worked with theaters and schools across the United States, Europe and Asia. She holds a BFA in Acting from the Catholic University in America, and an MFA in Classical Acting from the STC’s Academy of Classical Acting, George Washington University. Jessica is a member of SAG-AFTRA.



Micaela Mannix

Micaela Mannix

Charmian and Octavia

Credits include: Commonwealth Shakespeare Company; Macbeth, King Lear. Baltimore Shakespeare Factory; Julius Caesar. Annapolis Shakespeare Company; The Tempest. Centerstage Theatre Company; The Laramie Project. Silver Spring Stage; On the Razzle. and Catholic University; Into the Woods. Micaela holds a Bachelor of Music in Musical Theatre from The Catholic University. www.micaelamannixactor.com



Darren Marquardt

Darren Marquardt

Lepidus, Scarus, the Schoolmaster, and the Countryman

Previous credits include: Pallas Theater Collective, Tweedle Dum & Tweedle Dee; Ambassador Theater, They Don’t Pay! We Don’t Pay!, Giovanni; Faction Of Fools, Fool For a Day, Our Town, Simon Stinson; Ballet NOVA, The Nutcraker, Drosselmeyer; Theatre Lab, Long Island Sound, Evan Lorimor; Rockville Little Theater, The Tempest, Antonio; Synetic Theater, Jekyll & Hyde, Father; Upstart Crow, Six Degrees of Separation, Flynn Kitteridge; Castaways Repertory Theatre, Taming of the Shrew, Grumio; Prince William Little Theater, Baby The Musical, Alan; One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest, Dale Harding; founding member of the American Dance Montage; George Mason University, BFA Dance.



Brendan McMahon

Brendan McMahon

Octavius, Alexas, and Varrius

Thomas Jefferson (1776) at Toby’s Dinner Theatre, Romeo (Romeo and Juliet) with Annapolis Shakespeare Company, Diphilus (The Maid’s Tragedy) with BST, and Connor Weiland (Good Kids) at the Capital Fringe Festival.



Seth Rosenke

Seth Rosenke

Proculeius, Mardian, and Thidias

Seth holds an MFA in Acting from Catholic University. Previous credits: Alan-A-Dale in The Merry Death of Robin Hood (LiveArtDC), Steve in She Kills Monsters (Rorschach), and Kyle in Never Never (Barrabas Theatre).



John Stange

John Stange

Enobarbus

BST: Melantius in Maid’s Tragedy. OTHER CREDITS: The Keegan Theatre’s The Dealer of Ballynafeigh, 22 Boom! with Nu Sass Productions, or Middletown at NextStop Theatre. He’s also a serial enabler of bar theatre, like LiveArtDC’s The Merry Death of Robin Hood and Shakespeare in the Pub’s monthly shenanigans. John is a loyal graduate of The Theatre Lab’s Honors Conservatory, 2009. http://johnstange.actor



Jason Aufdem-Brinke

Jason Aufdem-Brinke

Lighting Designer

An artistic associate with Brave Spirits, previous designs include Henri IV (1&2), The Bloody Banquet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream & The Two Noble Kinsman. Recent designs elsewhere: Chalk (We Happy Few), Glacier (Movius Dance), Kick Before You Drown (Steal A Step). For more updates: https://www.facebook.com/JbrinkeLighting/

Jay D. Brock

Jay D. Brock

Viewpoints Consultant

is a critically acclaimed director and movement teacher with over fifty professional credits coast to coast including NYC. He has trained extensively in the Viewpoints method and usually includes the techniques in most of his directorial work. Jay is a full time acting/directing faculty member in the School of Music at The Catholic University of America. Jaydavidbrock.com.

Madeline Burrows

Madeline Burrows

Percussion

is a D.C.-based actor and musician. She holds a BA in Theatre & Women/Gender/Sexuality Studies from Hampshire College and has trained at Shakespeare & Company. Other area credits include productions with Chesapeake Shakespeare Company, PG County Shakespeare in the Parks, Single Carrot Theatre, KG Dance, Source Festival, and Taffety Punk. She is the creator and performer of the nationally touring solo show MOM BABY GOD, a dark comedy about teenage sexuality in the American right-wing. Madeline can be seen next in the world premieres of TAME at WSC Avant Bard and Hooded: Or Being Black for Dummies at Mosaic Theater Company. www.madelineburrows.com.

Joe Carlson*

Joe Carlson*

Fight Choreography / Movement

LOCAL: The Night Alive at Round House Theatre, Colossal at Olney Theatre Center (Helen Hayes Robert Prosky Award Nomination), Lt. of Inishmore at Constellation Theater, Macbeth in Voodoo Macbeth at American Century Theatre, Beauty and the Beast, The Picture of Dorian Gray, and Lysistrata at Synetic Theater.  REGIONAL: Dancing at Lughnasa with Tantrum Theater in Ohio, Stanley in A Streetcar Named Desire (Richmond Theatre Critics Circle Nomination for Outstanding Leading Actor), Hamlet, Henry IV part II (Outstanding Supporting Actor Nomination from RTCC) and Henry V at Richmond Shakespeare. TV/FILM: Lincoln, Turn, Antihero, Killing Lincoln, Josephine, Psychotria, and a starring role in AMC’s The American West as Frank James. TRAINING: BFA in Performance and an MFA in Acting/Directing Pedagogy specializing in the application of Ritual Poetic Drama within the African Continuum. *Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States, appearing under a Special Appearance Contract.

Marshall B. Garrett

Marshall B. Garrett

Dramaturg

is a freelance director, scholar, and dramaturg throughout the mid-Atlantic. DRAMTURGY: Olney Theatre Center, Milburn Stone Theatre, Mary Baldwin College. Directing: Rubber City Shakespeare Company, American Shakespeare Center Theatre Camp, Sweet Wag Shakespeare, Capital Fringe, Milburn Stone Theatre. Education: Mary Baldwin College (MFA), Illinois Wesleyan University (BA). Associate member, SDC. www.MarshallBGarrett.com.

Deborah Gur

Deborah Gur

Stage Manager

Deb is new to the DC area. Previous: SM for Wildwood Summer Theatre’s Nine and ASM for 1st Stage’s Floyd Collins.

Melissa Huggins

Melissa Huggins

Costume Designer

is a professional costumer based in Philadelphia. For Brave Spirits, she has previously designed A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Two Noble Kinsmen and co-designed The Bloody Banquet.

Erik McMorris

Erik McMorris

Set Designer

Previous designs for BST: The Maid’s Tragedy. Other recent work includes No Exit and Stone Tape Party for Nu Sass Productions, and [all lady] Macbeth for Theatre Prometheus, with whom he is a resident designer. Assisting credits include Hedda Gabler at Studio Theatre, and Equivocation and Cymbeline at the Colorado Shakespeare Festival. When he isn’t running all over the DMV with too many set pieces crammed in his car, you can find Eric in the scene shop as a staff carpenter for Studio Theatre. .

Zach Roberts

Zach Roberts

Music Director

Music direction for BST includes: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Two Noble Kinsmen, The Maid’s Tragedy. Zach recently performed in The Lady with the Little Dog (Quotidian), War of the Worlds (SCENA), Friendship Betrayed (WSC Avant Bard), and Madwoman of Chaillot (WSC Avant Bard). He also directed Family Portrait for the DC Music Theatre Workshop.


Charlene V. Smith

Charlene V. Smith

Director

ACTING: Evadne (Maid’s Tragedy), Juliet, and Silvia/Lucetta (Two Gentlemen of Verona); DIRECTING: The Bloody Banquet (Co-Director), The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Co­-Director), Richard III, The Two Noble Kinsmen at BST; Richard II at Mary Baldwin College S&P; The Spanish Tragedy (Director) at Rude Mechanicals; A Long Day’s Journey Into Night (Assistant Director) at Virginia Shakespeare Festival. TRAINING: London Dramatic Academy; BA in Theatre and English from the College of William and Mary; MLitt and MFA in Shakespeare in Performance from Mary Baldwin College in partnership with the American Shakespeare Centercharlenevsmith.com.


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Reviews

Charlene V. Smith is one of my favorite young directors of Shakespeare plays. The artistic director of Brave Spirits Theatre based in Alexandria, Virginia, brings textual respect and theatrical wonder to her productions while layering in her own visionary staging skills. Most of all, she brings audacity to her work, a youthful exuberance, brash confidence, and a sense of adventure as she tackles both tried-and-true and obscure titles with small casts and small budgets in small spaces before small audiences.

Lefkow’s maturity as an artist allowed her to create a capacious Cleopatra, a woman so effortlessly regal that even her petty jealousies (as when she petulantly fished for the compliment that her messenger “hath seen some greatness” against which to unfavorably compare Octavia) made her formidable. Lefkow delivers lines such as her rejection of Caesar’s flatteries—”He words me, girls, he words me. That I should not / Be noble to myself”— with forceful intelligence. To play a woman with this much complexity is a feminist act.

Love is a battlefield in the vivid, high heat of Brave Spirits Theatre’s striking, fencing-match take on Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra. Once again Brave Spirits (BST) is true to its mission; bringing forth an ambitious, beautifully wrought, and passionate production of a classic play.

Brave Spirits Theatre has crafted an inspiring, amazing production. It is insightful and entertaining, not just for fans of Shakespeare but for anybody who wants to see powerful human emotions, lifelike and larger-than-life.

This Antony and Cleopatra continues Brave Spirits’ streak of inventive, accessible, and very humane work.

Brave Spirits Theatre. Antony and Cleopatra. Directed by Charlene V. Smith. Photo by Claire Kimball.
Brave Spirits Theatre. Antony and Cleopatra. Directed by Charlene V. Smith. Photo by Claire Kimball.
Brave Spirits Theatre. Antony and Cleopatra. Directed by Charlene V. Smith. Photo by Claire Kimball.
Brave Spirits Theatre. Antony and Cleopatra. Directed by Charlene V. Smith. Photo by Claire Kimball.
Brave Spirits Theatre. Antony and Cleopatra. Directed by Charlene V. Smith. Photo by Claire Kimball.
Brave Spirits Theatre. Antony and Cleopatra. Directed by Charlene V. Smith. Photo by Claire Kimball.
Brave Spirits Theatre. Antony and Cleopatra. Directed by Charlene V. Smith. Photo by Claire Kimball.
Brave Spirits Theatre. Antony and Cleopatra. Directed by Charlene V. Smith. Photo by Claire Kimball.
Brave Spirits Theatre. Antony and Cleopatra. Directed by Charlene V. Smith. Photo by Claire Kimball.
Brave Spirits Theatre. Antony and Cleopatra. Directed by Charlene V. Smith. Photo by Claire Kimball.
Brave Spirits Theatre. Antony and Cleopatra. Directed by Charlene V. Smith. Photo by Claire Kimball.
Brave Spirits Theatre. Antony and Cleopatra. Directed by Charlene V. Smith. Photo by Claire Kimball.
Brave Spirits Theatre. Antony and Cleopatra. Directed by Charlene V. Smith. Photo by Claire Kimball.
Brave Spirits Theatre. Antony and Cleopatra. Directed by Charlene V. Smith. Photo by Claire Kimball.
Brave Spirits Theatre. Antony and Cleopatra. Directed by Charlene V. Smith. Photo by Claire Kimball.
Brave Spirits Theatre. Antony and Cleopatra. Directed by Charlene V. Smith. Photo by Claire Kimball.
Brave Spirits Theatre. Antony and Cleopatra. Directed by Charlene V. Smith. Photo by Claire Kimball.
Brave Spirits Theatre. Antony and Cleopatra. Directed by Charlene V. Smith. Photo by Claire Kimball.
Brave Spirits Theatre. Antony and Cleopatra. Directed by Charlene V. Smith. Photo by Claire Kimball.
Brave Spirits Theatre. Antony and Cleopatra. Directed by Charlene V. Smith. Photo by Claire Kimball.
Brave Spirits Theatre. Antony and Cleopatra. Directed by Charlene V. Smith. Photo by Claire Kimball.
Brave Spirits Theatre. Antony and Cleopatra. Directed by Charlene V. Smith. Photo by Claire Kimball.
Brave Spirits Theatre. Antony and Cleopatra. Directed by Charlene V. Smith. Photo by Claire Kimball.
Brave Spirits Theatre. Antony and Cleopatra. Directed by Charlene V. Smith. Photo by Claire Kimball.
Brave Spirits Theatre. Antony and Cleopatra. Directed by Charlene V. Smith. Photo by Claire Kimball.
Brave Spirits Theatre. Antony and Cleopatra. Directed by Charlene V. Smith. Photo by Claire Kimball.
Brave Spirits Theatre. Antony and Cleopatra. Directed by Charlene V. Smith. Photo by Claire Kimball.
Brave Spirits Theatre. Antony and Cleopatra. Directed by Charlene V. Smith. Photo by Claire Kimball.