Shakespeare’s seminal tragedy will feature elaborate costumes and fight choreography
TOWSON, Md. (Oct. 7, 2011)—The Towson University Department of Theatre Arts presents Wiliam Shakespeare’s Macbeth at the Mainstage Theatre in the Center for the Arts. Opening just in time for Halloween, this classic tale of horror will feature elaborate costumes and fight choreography.
Originally written to appeal to King James I’s fascination with the occult, Macbeth is full of magic, witches, broadswords and blood. The shortest of all Shakespeare’s tragedies, Macbeth tells the tale of a good man’s fall from grace. The prophecies of three “Weird Sisters” fan the flames of Macbeth’s ambition and lead him to seek the throne through murder. Once crowned, Macbeth discovers the surest way to keep power is through a reign of blood and terror.
The TU production will make its debut on Thursday, Oct. 13 at 7:30 p.m. Subsequent performances will be held on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 16, at 2 p.m. The show will hold its last performance on Saturday, Oct. 22 at 8 p.m.
The cast includes professor emeritus John Manlove as Duncan, and TU theatre students Matt Shea, Emily Vere Nicoll, Brandon Boyd, Alex Weinberg, Eric Poch, Jesse Marciniak, John Miller, Mike Perrie, Madison Sowell, Peyton Lynch, Alex Lewis, Shaina Hissey, Shannon Graham, Jon Dallas, Steven Barroga, Billie McHattie, Erin Boots, Maddie Hicks, Caitlin Joseph, Heather Peacock, Donald Roderick and Raymond Lee.
The production is led by director Steven Satta, associate professor of Voice/Acting in TU’s Department of Theatre Arts. Satta works professionally as an actor, director and dialect coach in the Baltimore area, and his credits include Everyman Theatre, Baltimore Shakespeare Festival, Olney Theatre, Maryland Ensemble Theatre and The Wire. He will be aided by assistant director Suzi Rotkovitz.
The production crew includes Daniel Ettinger, set design; Julie Heneghan, costume design; Conor Mulligan, lighting design; Lewis Shaw, fight direction; and Steve Bauer and Marianne Witelsberger, make-up design and blood effects.
Tickets are $20 for general admission and $10 for students and senior citizens, and may be purchased online or at the Center for the Arts Box Office. For more information, call 410-704-2787.