Dennis Abrams' young adult novel I Was Cleopatra is a provocative historical fictional memoir of a boy actor in Shakespeare's London that Kirkus Reviews called "a poignant coming of age tale."
In Shakespeare’s time, women were not allowed to appear on stage so female parts were played by boy actors. In I Was Cleopatra, readers meet John Rice — perhaps the most acclaimed boy actor of them all. It is believed by many that John Rice originated the roles of Lady Macbeth, Cleopatra and Cordelia, and this fictional memoir explores his life both on and off the stage.
Dennis Abrams is currently working on his next book What Happens After, which will be a fictionalized account of the Pulse nightclub shooting and its emotional aftermath.