CLEOPATRA BOY is an original multi-media play that uses the history of Cleopatra to illustrate how women, POC, and LGBTQIA+ individuals in positions of power risk losing control of their own images and histories, resulting in false narratives and misrepresentations, in order for the current dominant paradigm to retain power and control. Part courtroom drama, part theatrical reclamation and celebration, this play explores justice in representation—in our past, present, and future. Using a Restorative Justice lens, we examine the harm caused by misrepresenting someone else’s story. By confronting a few of history’s towering, seemingly unimpeachable male writers, we remind the audience that we are all, in ways large and small, culpable in the patriarchy, but we needn't be complacent. Cleopatra Boy is provocative, but, as with all of AHOP's shows, it is also warm, funny, poetic, and silly in one moment, deadly serious in the next, and ultimately uplifting.
CLEOPATRA BOY was made possible with funding by the New England Foundation for the Arts' National Theater Project, with lead funding from the Mellon Foundation and additional support from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.
Photo: Baraa Ktiri