Director Emily Mann, according to McCarter, "has crafted a new point of view for this powerful work, one that streamlines the political aspects in favor of a lean, energetic story focused sharply on the love between two leaders at a major crossroads in time."
Mann said, "Indeed, if Romeo and Juliet is the Bard's take on the perils and passions of first love, Antony & Cleopatra is his ode to the smoldering and complex nature of last love. It is the work of a master playwright at the top of his game."
The cast also features Philippe Bowgen as Agrippa, Keith Eric Chappelle as Soothsayer/Menas, Zainab Jah as Charmian, Mairin Lee as Iras/Octavia, Warner Miller as Eros, Everett Quinton as Mardian/Clown, Tobias Segal as Octavius Caesar, Thom Sesma as Lepidus/Scarus/Diomedes and Michael Siberry as Enobarbus.
The production will also feature live music from percussionist Mark Katsaounis.
Performances will continue through Oct. 5.
The creative team includes scenic design by Daniel Ostling, lighting design by Edward Pierce, costume design by Paul Tazewell, sound design and composition by Mark Bennett, movement direction by Peter Pucci and fight direction by J. Allen Suddeth.
McCarter Theatre Center is located at 91 University Place in Princeton, NJ. For more information and tickets, visit McCarter.org.