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Join GableStage in bringing the radical adaptation of Shakespeare’s Antony & Cleopatra to thousands of public school kids for FREE!

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For the past fifteen years, GableStage has been at the cutting edge of theater in South Florida, striving to present the most vital works of contemporary playwrights worldwide and challenging its multicultural audiences with innovative productions that confront today's issues and ideas.

We are now in the midst of co-producing a radical new adaptation of Shakespeare’s ANTONY & CLEOPATRA in collaboration with New York’s Public Theater and London’s Royal Shakespeare Company.

Adapted and directed by Miami’s very own Tarell Alvin McCraney, a world-renowned playwright who just received the coveted Macarthur Fellowship, this partnership marks the FIRST time in history that a South Florida theater has collaborated with two of the most prestigious theater companies in the world.

Additionally, your donation will support FREE morning performances for thousands of Miami-Dade Public School Students. 

Many of the free performances will be staged for underserved students, most of whom are seeing live theater for the FIRST time. Getting the chance to see a show from the Royal Shakespeare Company and Public Theater is unprecedented in Miami history.

ANTONY & CLEOPATRA, Rehearsal
ANTONY & CLEOPATRA, Rehearsal

In McCraney’s stripped down, radical version of Shakespeare's gripping story of romance, the adaptation is set against a world of imperial politics and power play and transports us to 18th century, sun-soaked Saint-Domingue on the eve of the Haitian revolution.

Featuring actors and designers from both the US and England, ANTONY & CLEOPATRA will be performed for an international audience of thousands from January 9th - February 9th, 2014 at Miami Beach’s Colony Theatre. Additionally, action-packed morning performances will be given for free to thousands of Miami-Dade Public School students.

ANTONY & CLEOPATRA, Rehearsal
ANTONY & CLEOPATRA, Rehearsal

 Right now Miami is at a cultural turning point and this project promises to mark a watershed moment in Miami’s growing reputation as an international destination for performing arts. Through the power of crowdfunding we are looking to involve a whole new audience as an integral part of this thrilling production.

TARELL ALVIN MCCRANEY
TARELL ALVIN MCCRANEY

We are just ONE MONTH AWAY from the actual production at the Colony Theatre but still need to raise the remaining funding.  A good deal of our massive budget (700,000 of the overall 2.1 mil) comes from the fact that we are staging ANTONY & CLEOPATRA for Miami Dade students for free. We will have dozens of school performances reaching thousands of public school kids!

EVERY DOLLAR donated will contribute to this groundbreaking event.

EVERY DONATION ABOVE $50 IS TAX DEDUCTIBLE, JUST IN TIME FOR THE HOLIDAYS!

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TARELL ALVIN MCCRANEY, Director

A native of the Overtown area of Miami, Florida, McCraney graduated from the New World School of the Arts High School with the exemplary Artist award and the Dean’s Award in Theater in 1999. He then matriculated into the Theater School at Chicago’s DePaul University, graduating with the Sarah Siddon’s Award and a BFA in Acting 2003. McCraney attended the British American Drama Academy (BADA) Mid-Summer at Oxford, studying Shakespeare with master actors and teachers from the Royal Shakespeare Company, and around the UK. He then received his Masters Degree from the Yale School of Drama in playwriting 2007, and was awarded the Cole Porter Award upon graduating. McCraney has been named the International Writer in Residence for the Royal Shakespeare Company 2008-2010, the Hodder Fellow at the Lewis Center for the Arts, Princeton University and did a seven-year residency at New Dramatist center in New York, NY. He was just awarded the highly coveted Macarthur Fellowship.

JOSEPH ADLER, Producing Artistic Director, GableStage 

Now in his fourteenth season at GableStage, Adler has been active in South Florida's film and theatre community for many years. He has previously directed at many South Florida Theatres including: Coconut Grove Playhouse, New Theatre, Area Stage, Hollywood Boulevard Theatre, Players Theatre, Ruth Foreman Theatre, Florida Shakespeare Theatre, City Theatre, Hollywood Playhouse and Shores Performing Arts. Adler has directed hundreds of television commercials and industrial films, winning many awards, including the Clio. Other directorial credits include several independent feature films, a video version of the Broadway hit comedy Doubles and a cable TV series. Since Adler became Producing Artistic Director, GableStage has been the recipient of 49 Carbonell Awards and 175 Carbonell Nominations. He has been nominated twenty-four times (seventeen at GableStage) and nine times won the Carbonell Award for Best Director. Adler was awarded the prestigious George Abbott Award for "significant contributions to the artistic life and cultural development of greater Miami, Fort Lauderdale and the Palm Beaches." Adler studied drama at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, and graduated from the Film Department at NYU.

GABLESTAGE: The recipient of 55 Carbonell awards, more than 20 “Curtain-Up” awards and numerous other local accolades and recognitions, GableStage has – for the past 15 seasons – been one of the South East’s most respected and well-known theater companies.

THE ROYAL SHAKESPEARE COMPANY: With a history traced back to the creation of the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre In 1875 in Shakespeare’s hometown of Stratford Upon-Avon, The Royal Shakespeare Company is the world’s foremost producer and performer of Shakespearean works.

THE PUBLIC THEATER: A New York Staple for more than 60 years, The Public Theater is internationally renowned for its commitment to staging both classic Shakespearean and new works. Most notably it is the Public that hosts Shakespeare in the Park each year in Central Park, featuring performances from some of the world’s most highly recognizable and acclaimed actors.

New York Times 

The Miami Herald

The Guardian

Financial Times

Risks and challenges

As a relatively small not-for-profit theater company, our biggest challenge to date has been adjusting to the massive scope of this project. It is the largest we have ever tackled; still, the best part has been finding ways to creatively solve each issue, day by day, with which we are presented.

Regarding fulfillment, the biggest obstacle we foresee is the ticket offerings. Our tickets as rewards options are subject to availability (as noted), so it is a first come first serve basis for seating.

Overall, the process of seeing this project come to life has been an extraordinary experience. We look forward to taking on the challenge of mounting this incredible international production right here in South Florida.

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