Thursday, May 19, 2011

Ode to Cleopatra

Airy elation! Imbibe time!

We’re all getting blotto, boys!

Pulsating watusi toes twinkling

Now Now Now

Roll out that grapey chaise lounge

Pit that olive!

Bake that brie!

Get Juno on the horn, man!

Remember when we couldn’t have any fun?

Quaffing Caecuban was a seven deadly
While psycho Queenie was scheming and dreaming:

“Death to the Empire!”

“Destroy the Capitol!”

With her infected horde of teste-challenged go-go boys

A spoiled orgy of prissy Persian cats

Her manic, pea-green expectations

webby with absinthe…

Her fleet smolders in like a strip club gaze

A tangled Luisitania jig

Cold shower face slap

She awakens from her smoky stupor

Telescoping Caesar, salad days spinning

as he chips at her ass

A hungry hawk

A serial killer smile in a frozen boxwood maze

Hoping to haul the femme fatale back to Rome



Spread-eagled on a carny’s knee

But she dreams of a more noble sleep.

And as she gazed on her burning empire

She grasped the basket of asps

Serene, Calm

She cradles them near, seeking their silky venom

The mirage of death flits, squid-like through her veins

She plunges downward now

Escaping his reach



Her final defeat

Descends into triumph

Note: I wrote this a while ago: it's my stab at translating an Horace ode.  I re-discovered it while thinking of Antony & Cleopatra, of course, which closes this weekend and ends ASP's season.  If you haven't seen the show yet, you should really try to get in, it's pretty amazing, and Paula is astounding and heart-breaking as always! 

the info:

Antony & Cleopatra

The Modern Theatre at Suffolk University
525 Washington Street
Downtown Crossing
directed by Adrianne Krstansky
TONIGHT at 7:30pm
Thursday 5.19 & Friday 5.20 at 7:30pm
CLOSING: Saturday 5.21 at 3:00pm and 8:00pm
Purchase your tickets today with the code FINAL10 and receive $10 off the price of your ticket!
Featuring: James Andreassi*, Siobhan Brown, Jesse Hinson,
Doug Lockwood*, Johnnie McQuarley, Paula Plum*, Mara Sidmore*, Richard Snee* and Giselle Ty.
Buy your tickets HERE!
or call 866-811-4111

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