Spring 2022

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Lenfest Center for the Arts
615 West 129th Street
New York, NY 10027
(enter on 125th Street, west of Broadway)


April 7–10, 2022


Previews for CU Community:
Thursday, April 7 @ 8pm
Friday, April 8 @ 8pm
Saturday, April 9 @ 2pm

Performance run:
Saturday, April 9 @ 8pm
Sunday, April 10 @ 2pm

antony and cleopatra

An Adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra
Adapted by Liz Peterson and Alexis Williams


Columbia University School of the Arts is proud to present Cleopatra directed by current student Liz Peterson.


The power of a Queen is its own kind of power, and Cleopatra’s court is the microcosm of her vision for a better future. But the war is lost, the Roman invasion is imminent, and being taken prisoner is not an option. As soldiers encroach on Cleopatra and her closest advisors, the toxins take hold and a lifetime flashes before their eyes. Both challenging and building on Shakespeare’s text, Cleopatra rewrites what we know about her legacy as a military strategist, political leader, and queen, and the women who helped shape her into the icon she is today.


Ticket Information

There is a limit of one (1) reservation per person and each reservation must be held in the name of the guest attending the event. Unfortunately, we are not able to accommodate late seating.


All guests entering the building must also show proof of vaccination. Visitors 18 and older are also required to show an accompanying ID. Green passes and CUIDs are accepted if you are a Columbia University affiliate.

Content Notes

Pregnancy, death, suicide, discussion of war and violence.


Running Time

2 hours and 15 minutes, with a 15 minute intermission



Laurel Andersen, Sanam Erfani, Joe LaureiroSaskia Naidoo, Oreine Robinson, Claudia Thiedmann, and Will Thomae.


Production Team & Crew

Director: Liz Peterson (student) 
Dramaturgs: Alexis Williams (student) & Phoebe Brooks (student) 
Producer: Joanna Pisano (student) 
Assistant Producer: Abigail Williams-Joseph (student) 
Company Manager: Eva Wang (student) 
Production Stage Manager: Amy Rauchwerger (student) 
Assistant Stage Manager: Sam Clarke (student) 
Scenic Designers: Liz Peterson (student), Tavish Miller, & Josh Barilla
Costume Designer: Rachel Dozier-Ezell
Lighting Designer: Betsy Chester
Sound Designer: Lucky Bommireddy
Props Designer: Josh Barilla
Projection Designer: Davine Byon

About the Artist

Liz Peterson is a theatre director and maker-of-performances. Liz’s perennial curiosities feature alternate dimensions and mixed-race identities, while her current obsessions include the end of empire, femme solidarity, and hallucinatory states. Born in Manchester, UK, to a Mancunian mother and Anglo-Indian/Burmese father, Liz is from St.John’s, Melipilla and Tkaronto. Recent collaborations include live broadcast CLOUDS, and You Can’t Touch my Sister I Ate In The Womb by Fiona Gorry-Hines. Studies: University of Toronto, BA in Theatre / French Linguistics; Columbia University, MFA in directing.