The Last Days of Cleopatra
A pitch black comedy set in Dublin … Can a family that dance together, stay together?
Forgiveness, funny one that, someone kicks you in the head and you're supposed to forgive them, cos that'll make ye feel better, make it all go away, make everything Hunky-Dory! But what happens them? Get out a Jail Free card, move on, no bother, SmileyFace… You're just Roadkill, What? But here, how d'ye forgive yourself… if ye can't… forget?
A father, son and daughter must struggle to redefine the heart of their family, as they are about to lose the only thing that's holds them together. This loss might ultimately tear them apart, as this family's tapestry begins to unravel and old hurts boil and rise to the surface. How do you prepare yourself for your worst nightmare while living in it? How do you face the big black cloud about to burst on your horizon? Maybe you could take the opportunity to put things right, say what you never had the chance to say, meant to say, wanted to say, then you you might be able to forgive… forgive yourself even? Or maybe you could dance, dancing is good, dancing in nightclubs, dancing in bedrooms, dancing in the moonlight…So comon let's dance, because how far can you let yourself go before you lose yourself altogether?
The Last Days of Cleopatra world premier was presented in September at URBAN STAGES . Produced by Georganne Aldrich Heller. The play was directed by Tim Ruddy. The cast includes Kevin Marron, Mick Mellamphy, Kenneth Ryan & Laoisa Sexton.
NY TIMES Critics' Pick ***** "Laoisa Sexton depicts the city's working class but across genders and generations…Cleopatra is unstinting with it's often hilariously ribald Dublin idioms… the actors are splendid: vivid, vibrant, so is this play by a promising writer"
TIMEOUT NY **** "An evocative depiction of fraying family ties… Plenty of punch in it's sore bruised arms"
THEATERMANIA "Sexton has a gift for capturing the vernacular onstage in a way that sounds simultaneously sublime and authentic… stunningly beautiful"
THEATER PIZZAZZ "A loud profane ultimately touching look at a down and out Irish family…as abrasive and self-deluded as they are, their pain and everyday struggles resonate filling the theater with emotions that come fast and thick…temporary relief comes in addictive behavior, promiscuity, alcohol and living in the past"
Irish Central.com "Sexton rescues us from the calcified portraits of ourselves that we've been subjected to for years. The Last Days of Cleopatra is unruly…brilliant…it's a cause for amazement that a play this incendiary and implicating has been written at all. If you only see one Irish play this year, this is the one"
TIMES SQUARE CHRONICLES "Laoisa Sexton is a force to watch and be reckoned with…taking on the Irish working class and what little they have to make due with"
NYIRISHARTS.COM "A rollercoaster pace that doesn't let up and sweeps the audience along on it's emotional ride…Like some of the current TV offerings and films that show the less picturesque sides of the Emerald Isle, there is a grittiness and reality that hits home… Sexton is a truly promising new playwright and we look forward to the wackiness and sincerity of her future work"
IRISHBLOG " It's classical Irish tragicomedy in the spirit of a modern Sean O' Casey, you laugh all the way through and are shattered at the end"
Laoisa Sexton is an Irish actress, her first play FOR LOVE premiered at The Irish Repertory Theatre in 2013, and was than presented at the UK City of Culture in Derry, Ireland, and followed on a mini- tour across Ireland encompassing six theaters. Plans are being made to turn FOR LOVE into a TV series set in Dublin.