Five-footed lines of iambic pentameter sweep audiences away to Cleopatra’s Egyptian court, where a tragedy of love and lust decides the fates of Rome and Egypt. Actors from the College of Charleston Theatre Department weave threads of passion, power, and lamb's wool into their depictions of handsome Roman general Mark Antony and the beautiful Queen of Egypt, Cleopatra. Having neglected his soldierly duties to conduct an affair with Cleopatra, Antony faces the scorn of his triumvir Octavius Caesar and the increasing threat of a rebellion back home. The fates of two empires rest in the balance of his torn convictions, as his indecision sends Cleopatra into a jealous rage and Caesar into a frenzy of salad making. Shakespeare’s linguistic swordsmanship sharpens the poignancy of the play’s five acts, which slither along to a deadly conclusion.
Throughout the past 25 years, L. B. Adams has flowed easily in and out of the business and theatrical worlds. Her background as a bank executive was part of the spark for Pragmatic Dramatics, where she teaches acting classes that cater to businesspeople. Instead of performing on stage, her students learn how to perform in the boardroom using improv games, which may position them to ascend through the professional ranks.
The Charleston Language Center expands Lowcountry residents' language skills with introductory and immersion classes in foreign languages for kids and adults. Little learners can pick up a new language—such as Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, French, German, and Italian—when their minds are at their freshest. Older students have the opportunity to take beginners', intermediate, and conservational classes for advanced speakers.