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Press Release: Macbeth Cast Annoucement

COMPLETE CAST AND CREATIVE TEAM ANNOUNCED FOR
THE 2016 SUMMER SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL’S
CHILLING TRAGEDY MACBETH;
RENOWNED SHAKESPEAREAN BRIAN KULICK DIRECTS A STELLAR CAST LED BY JONATHAN CAKE AND MARSHA STEPHANIE BLAKE

PERFORMANCES RUN JUNE 19 – JULY 24 at 8:00 P.M.
IN THE LOWELL DAVIES FESTIVAL THEATRE; OPENING ON JUNE 25

 

PHOTO EDITORS: Publicity photos for Macbeth are available here!

SAN DIEGO (June 1, 2016)—The Old Globe today announced the complete cast and creative team of the first offering in the 2016 Summer Shakespeare Festival: William Shakespeare’s thrilling classic Macbeth, directed by Brian Kulick, Artistic Director of Classic Stage Company and a leading Shakespearean expert.The so-called “Scottish Play” will run June 19 – July 24, 2016, in the Lowell Davies Festival Theatre. Previews run June 19 – 24. Opening night is Saturday, June 25 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets start at $29, on sale now to the general public.

Tempted by an evil prophecy and encouraged by his wife ever deeper into his own dark ambition, Macbeth murders his way to the throne of Scotland. Shakespeare’s chilling tragedy is filled with ferocious battles, supernatural horrors, famously gorgeous poetry, and some of the Bard’s most vivid characters. A stellar cast, under the direction of renowned Shakespearean Brian Kulick, will electrify the San Diego night with a stunning rendition of one of Shakespeare’s masterpieces.

Macbeth features Jonathan Cake (Cymbeline, Medea, and The Philanthropist on Broadway) in the title role and Marsha Stephanie Blake (“Orange is the New Black,” Broadway’s The Merchant of Venice and Joe Turner’s Come and Gone) as his Lady Macbeth. The cast also includes Jerome Preston Bates (Seven Guitars and Stick Fly on Broadway) as Duncan; Clifton Duncan (The Scottsboro Boys at the Globe) as Macduff; Brian Keane (Timon of Athens at The Public Theater) as Ross and 3rd Murderer; John Lavelle (The Royale at the Globe and Off Broadway) as Porter and 1st Murderer; James Joseph O'Neil (Broadway’s Present Laughter, a dozen shows at the Globe) as Lennox, 2nd Murderer, and Seyton; Mark Pinter (Othello and the Two Gentlemen of Verona at the Globe, 2014) as Old Man and Siward; and Timothy D. Stickney (five-year company member with Stratford Shakespeare Festival) as Banquo.

Joining them are actors from The Old Globe and University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Theatre Program, playing a variety of roles and comprising the Ensemble, including Amara James Aja as Bloody Captain and Menteith; Amy Blackman as 2nd Witch; Ally Carey as Lady Macduff; Ajinkya Desai as Fleance; Talley Beth Gale as Gentlewoman; Kevin Hafso-Koppman as Donalbain; Lorenzo Landini as Young Siward; Jake Millgard as Angus; Makha Mthembu as 1st Witch; Christina A. Okolo as Ensemble; Suzelle Palacios as 3rd Witch; Daniel Petzold as Malcolm; and Nathan Whitmer as Doctor.

The creative team is comprised of Arnulfo Maldonado (Scenic Design), Oana Botez (Costume Design), Jason Lyons (Lighting Design), Sten Severson and David Thomas (Sound Design), George Yé (Fight Director), David Huber (Vocal Coach), Jim Carnahan, CSA (Casting), and Annette Elena Nixon (Production Stage Manager).

“I’m excited that Macbeth is kicking off our Festival in this year of Shakespeare celebrations,” said Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein. “It’s one of my very favorite Shakespeare plays and one of the Bard’s most thrilling plays to watch: suspenseful, epic, and beautiful all at the same time. Brian Kulick possesses one of the great minds in the American theatre, and his production is going to be a memorable one, especially in the hands of this hugely talented company, led by Jonathan Cake and Marsha Stephanie Blake, two actors of striking intensity.”

Brian Kulick (Director) is finishing up his final year as Artistic Director of Classic Stage Company, a theatre he has led since 2003. This season he directed Brecht’s Mother Courage and Her Children with Kecia Lewis and Lessing’s rarely seen Nathan the Wise with F. Murray Abraham. Mr. Kulick’s other directing credits for CSC include Ostrovsky’s The Forest with Dianne Wiest and Shakespeare’s The Tempest with Mandy Patinkin, Hamlet, Richard II, and Richard III with longtime collaborator Michael Cumpsty. He commissioned and co-directed poet Anne Carson’s award-winning An Oresteia and recently helmed a series of critically acclaimed remountings of Brecht’s Galileo, The Caucasian Chalk Circle and A Man’s a Man. He produced CSC’s much-celebrated Chekhov Cycle, which included all five of the major plays of Anton Chekhov with a constellation of artists that included Alan Cumming, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Ethan Hawke, Denis O’Hare, Joely Richardson, Peter Sarsgaard, John Turturro and Dianne Wiest. He has made CSC a home for the work of playwright David Ives, producing the world premiere of Venus in Fur, which later transferred to Broadway and was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Play. Prior to this, Mr. Kulick was an Artistic Associate and then Associate Producer at The Public Theater, where he directed Twelfth Night, The Winter’s Tale, and Timon of Athens as part of the theatre’s popular Shakespeare in the Park. He also directed Pericles, A Dybbuk, and Kit Marlowe at the theatre’s downtown home on Lafayette Street. His directing work has also been seen at New York Theatre Workshop, Playwrights Horizons, Mark Taper Forum, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, A Contemporary Theatre, Trinity Repertory Company, Magic Theatre, and McCarter Theatre Center. He also teaches in the graduate directing program at Columbia University with Anne Bogart.

Macbeth is supported in part through gifts from Leading Production Sponsors Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Fund and Qualcomm, and Production Sponsors Holland America Line and June Yoder; as well as Artist Sponsors for Jonathan Cake, Sue and Edward “Duff” Sanderson.

TICKETS to Macbeth are currently on sale to the general public. Tickets can be purchased online at www.TheOldGlobe.org, by phone at (619) 234-5623, or by visiting the Box Office at 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park. Performances begin on June 19 and continue through July 24. Performance times: Previews: Sunday, June 19 at 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 21 at 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 22 at 8:00 p.m., Thursday, June 23 at 8:00 p.m., and Friday, June 24 at 8:00 p.m. Opening night is Saturday, June 25 at 8:00 p.m. Regular performances: Tuesday through Sunday evenings at 8:00 p.m. There will be no performance on Sunday, July 17, and there will be an 8:00 p.m. performance added on Monday, July 18. Discounts are available for full-time students, patrons 29 years of age and under, seniors, military members, and groups of 10 or more.

Additional events taking place during the run of Macbeth include:

INSIGHTS SEMINAR: Tuesday, June 21 at 6:30 p.m.

The seminar series features a panel selected from the artistic company of the current show. Reception at 6:00 p.m. FREE

POST-SHOW FORUMS: Tuesdays, June 28 and July 5, and Wednesday, June 29

Discuss the play with members of the cast and crew following the performance. FREE

SHAKESPEARE IN THE GARDEN: Tuesday, June 28; Wednesday, June 29; Thursday, June 30; Friday, July 1; Saturday, July 2; all at 7:00 p.m.

A series of informal presentations in the Craig Noel Garden that enhance the theatregoing experience. FREE

The complete Old Globe 2016 Summer Season also features new and familiar works directed by four major American stalwarts. The season features the welcome return of Steve Martin (Bright Star) with the world premiere of his new play Meteor Shower, an adult comedy, directed by Gordon Edelstein, in a co-production with Long Wharf Theatre, where Edelstein serves as Artistic Director. Paul Gordon’s musical Sense and Sensibility will have its West Coast premiere, presented in association with Chicago Shakespeare Theater, where it had its world premiere in February 2015, directed by CST Artistic Director Barbara Gaines. Following Macbeth, the Summer Shakespeare Festival will conclude with Love’s Labor’s Lost, directed by three-time Tony Award winner Kathleen Marshall.

From June 4 to July 7, 2016, the Globe, in partnership with the San Diego Public Library, will be the California host for First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare, on tour from the Folger Shakespeare Library, one of the world’s most treasured books. Published in 1623, this famous volume is the first collected edition of Shakespeare’s 36 plays, half of which would have been lost if not for its publication. The Folger Shakespeare Library, in partnership with Cincinnati Museum Center and the American Library Association, is touring a First Folio across the nation, visiting one location in each of the 50 states, Washington, DC, and Puerto Rico. The volume will be on view in the Art Gallery at the San Diego Central Library @ Joan Λ Irwin Jacobs Common. During the entire month, the Globe, the Library, and their project partners—UC San Diego, San Diego State University, University of San Diego, KPBS Public Broadcasting, and the San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture—will offer numerous public programs for adults and families before, during, and after the tour visits San Diego. For more information: http://www.firstfoliosandiego2016.org/index.html.

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2016-2017 SEASON CALENDAR: Camp David (5/13-6/19), tokyo fish story (5/28-6/26), Macbeth (6/19-7/24), Sense and Sensibility (7/6-8/14), Meteor Shower (7/30-9/4), Love’s Labor’s Lost (8/14-9/18), October Sky (9/10-10/23), The Lion (9/29-10/30), Globe for All Measure for Measure (11/1-13), Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (11/5-12/26), M.F.A. The Two Gentlemen of Verona (11/12-20), Picasso at the Lapin Agile (2/4-3/12/2017), The Blameless (2/23-3/26), Red Velvet (3/25-4/30), Skeleton Crew (4/8-5/7), The Old Man and The Old Moon (5/13-6/18), The Imaginary Invalid (5/27-6/25).

PHOTO EDITORS: Digital images of The Old Globe’s productions are available at www.TheOldGlobe.org/pressroom.

The Tony Award-winning Old Globe is one of the country’s leading professional regional theatres and has stood as San Diego’s flagship arts institution for over 80 years. Under the leadership of Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein and Managing Director Michael G. Murphy, The Old Globe produces a year-round season of 15 productions of classic, contemporary, and new works on its three Balboa Park stages: the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the 600-seat Old Globe Theatre and the 250-seat Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, both part of The Old Globe’s Conrad Prebys Theatre Center, and the 605-seat outdoor Lowell Davies Festival Theatre, home of its internationally renowned Shakespeare Festival. More than 250,000 people attend Globe productions annually and participate in the theatre’s education and community programs. Numerous world premieres such as the 2014 Tony Award winner for Best Musical, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Bright Star, Allegiance, The Full Monty, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,and the annual holiday musical Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! have been developed at The Old Globe and have gone on to enjoy highly successful runs on Broadway and at regional theatres across the country.

 

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CAST AND CREATIVE TEAM BIOGRAPHIES

Amara James Aja (Bloody Captain, Menteith) just completed his first year in The Old Globe and University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Theatre Program.Mr. Aja’s previous credits include Oliver in As You Like It and Arthur in Acquainted With The Night in the program, as well as Much Ado About Nothing and The Tempest with Ithaca Shakespeare Company.

Jerome Preston Bates (Duncan) appeared on Broadway in Seven Guitars and Kenny Leon’s production of Stick Fly. His most recent credits includes the world premiere of Autumn by Richard Wesley and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival productions of Two Trains Running by August Wilson and The Comedy of Errors and Richard III. At Chicago’s Goodman Theatre, Mr. Bates appeared in the world premiere of August Wilson’s Seven Guitars opposite Viola Davis and directed by Walter Dallas. His Off Broadway credits include The Public Theater, Abingdon Theatre Company, Circle Repertory Company, The Beckett Theatre, Negro Ensemble Company, Inc., and New Federal Theatre. He has appeared regionally at Yale Repertory Theatre, Folger Theatre, Center Stage, Hartford Stage, The Wilma Theater, People’s Light & Theatre Company, Long Wharf Theatre, and The Kennedy Center. Mr. Bates’s television credits includes Officer Smith on HBO’s “Oz,” Chief of Police Derek Frye on “All My Children,” “Law & Order,” “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” “NYPD Blue,” “New York Undercover,” “Lights Out,” and “Sesame Street.” On film Mr. Bates appeared in Peeples opposite Kerry Washington, Tio Papi, Musical Chairs, Romeo and Juliet in Harlem, Spell, The Out-of-Towners, Shaft (2000), and It Runs in the Family.

Amy Blackman (2nd Witch) most recently appeared at the Globe in The Comedy of Errors and Twelfth Night,as well as understudying Constellations. She also performed in The Old Globe/USD Shiley M.F.A. Program productions of The Seagull, As You Like It, Clybourne Park, Trelawny of the “Wells”, and Pericles, Prince of Tyre.In New York, she has worked on various readings and workshops, including The Brothers Karamazov (Classic Stage Company), The Bootlegger & The Rabbi’s Daughter (New York Musical Theatre Festival), and Mrs. Hughes (New York Theatre Workshop). She has performed regionally in Titanic; Singin’ in the Rain; Kiss Me, Kate; Beauty and the Beast;and The Sound of Music (The Muny).

Marsha Stephanie Blake (Lady Macbeth) has appeared on Broadway as Nerissa in The Merchant of Venice with Al Pacino and Joe Turner’s Come and Gone (Paul Green Award, presented by Tony Kushner). Her Off Broadway credits include An Octoroon and Marie Antoinette (Soho Rep.), Luck of the Irish (LCT3), and Hurt Village at Signature Theatre(AUDELCO Award).Ms. Blake’s film credits include the upcoming films Wilde Wedding, Human People,and Darker Than Blue, as well as Stand Clear of the Closing Doors (Best Narrative Feature Special Jury Mention, 2013 Tribeca Film Festival). She has appeared on television in “Orange Is the New Black” (Screen Actors Guild Award), “Getting On,”“The Big C,” “Elementary,” “Girls,” “Law & Order,” and “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.”

Jonathan Cake (Macbeth) appeared on Broadway as Jason in Medea (Theatre World Award), Iachimo in Cymbeline at Lincoln Center, and Braham in The Philanthropist. Off Broadway his credits include Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing (Theatre for a New Audience, 2013 Joe A. Callaway Award for best classical performance), Antony in Antony and Cleopatra (The Public Theater, Royal Shakespeare Company), and plays by Jez Butterworth, Ethan Coen, and Claudia Shear. In London he has played Silva Vaccaro in Baby Doll (National Theatre, Barclays Theatre Award), the title role in Coriolanus (Shakespeare’s Globe), and roles at The Old Vic, the West End, and Off West End. He has appeared in many television shows in both the U.K. and U.S., including “Extras,” “Desperate Housewives,” “Chuck,” “Angie Tribeca,” every type of “Law & Order,” and most recently “Doll & Em” on HBO. His film work includes Brideshead Revisited, True Blue, Honest, The One and Only, and First Knight.

Ally Carey (Lady Macduff) most recently appeared at the Globe in The Comedy of Errors and Twelfth Night (in which she performed the lead role of Viola twice), as well as with The Old Globe/USD Shiley M.F.A. Program in The Seagull, As You Like It, Clybourne Park, Trelawny of the “Wells”, and Pericles, Prince of Tyre. She was also featured in The Last Match for The Old Globe’s New Voices Festival. Her Chicago credits include understudying at Steppenwolf Theatre Company and Goodman Theatre. Her regional credits include The Royal Family, Troilus and Cressida, and All’s Well That Ends Well (American Players Theatre), Noises Off and The Winter’s Tale (Utah Shakespeare Festival), Writer 1272 and A Christmas Carol (Guthrie Theater), Georgia Shakespeare, and Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival. She appeared in the title role of Cinderella with The Little Orchestra Society (Lincoln Center). She wrote, directed, and produced To the Lighthouse! and [Something Clever Goes Here] in Minneapolis.

Ajinkya Desai (Fleance) is a student in The Old Globe and University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Theatre Program. His credits there include Touchstone in As You Like It, Shamrayev in The Seagull, and Maxwell in Acquainted with the Night. His first acting experience in the U.S. was at UC San Diego, where he played Egeus and Snout in an undergraduate production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. He also has many credits in India, including community theatre and street play productions.

Clifton Duncan (Macduff) was last seen at The Old Globe in the lead role of Haywood Patterson in The Scottsboro Boys, and he is happy to be back in sunny San Diego. He has appeared Off Broadway in Kung-Fu (Signature Theatre Company), The Good Person of Szechwan and Twelfth Night (The Public Theater), ’Tis Pity She’s a Whore (Red Bull Theater), and Lost in the Stars (City Center Encores!). His regional credits include stints at Arena Stage, Yale Repertory Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre Company, and Williamstown Theatre Festival, among many others. Recently he recurred on the Golden Globe Award-nominated Starz series “Flesh and Bone.”

Talley Beth Gale (Gentlewoman) is a first-year M.F.A. student in The Old Globe and University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Theatre Program. Her professional credits include understudying This is Our Youth (Steppenwolf Theatre Company); EL Stories: Love Train (Waltzing Mechanics); and understudying The Last Match (The Old Globe). Her M.F.A. credits include As You Like It, The Seagull, and Aquainted with the Night.

Kevin Hafso-Koppman (Donalbain) is a student with The Old Globe and University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Theatre Program, where he has appeared in As You Like It, The Seagull, and Acquainted with the Night. His regional credits include Bright Star and the New Voices Festival readings of A Nice Indian Boy and peerless (The Old Globe), West Side Story, The Foreigner, and The Winslow Boy (Lamb’s Players Theatre), Ether Dome, His Girl Friday, and Accomplice: San Diego (La Jolla Playhouse), Zoot Suit (San Diego Repertory Theatre), Henry IV Part I, King O’ the Moon, The Drawer Boy, and Becky’s New Car (North Coast Repertory Theatre), Birds of a Feather and Speech and Debate (Diversionary Theatre), The Sunshine Boys and Deathtrap (Scripps Ranch Theatre), Doubt and Into the Woods (San Diego State University), The History Boys (Cygnet Theatre Company), and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Intrepid Theatre Company).

Brian Keane (Ross, 3rd Murderer) appeared in the first national tour of War Horse (National Theatre). His other credits include The Winter’s Tale (Yale Repertory Theatre), Timon of Athens (The Public Theater’s New York Shakespeare Festival), Happy Now? (Primary Stages, Yale Repertory Theatre), and A Streetcar Named Desire (Guthrie Theater). He has also performed at Roundabout Theatre Company, Classic Stage Company, Naked Angels, New York Stage and Film, Arena Stage, The Kennedy Center, Syracuse Stage, Center Stage, Studio Arena Theater, and Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse, among others. His television and film credits include “BrainDead,” “Gotham,” “The Good Wife,” “Person of Interest,” Law & Order,” “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” “Lights Out,” “Queens Supreme,” “Downsized,” “Hustling,” Urbania, Going Under, Brain Off!, the BearCity trilogy, and the upcoming HBO miniseries The Young Pope.

Lorenzo Landini (Young Siward) is a first-year M.F.A. student with The Old Globe and University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Theatre Program. He most recently appeared in graduate productions as Alex and Jimmy in Acquainted with the Night, Dorn in The Seagull, and Duke Frederick in As You Like It. While based in New York City, he wrote and performed his first solo show, When I Have Cancer in 30 Years, and appeared in The Miser (Brave New World Repertory Theatre), The Cherry Orchard (TheaterLab), and A View from the Bridge (The Secret Theatre). He also played rhythm guitar, sang, and composed music in the rock cabaret GUNS: A Cabaret directed by Liz Swados.

John Lavelle (Porter, 1st Murderer) has performed at The Old Globe in The Royale, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Merchant of Venice, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (Craig Noel Award nomination), and Bell, Book, and Candle. His theatre credits include The Graduate (Broadway), The Merchant of Venice (Royal Shakespeare Company), The Royale (Lincoln Center Theater, Drama Desk Award), The Iliad (Syros Festival, Greece), Catch-22 (Lucille Lortel Theatre), Spatter Pattern (Playwrights Horizons), The Jew of Malta (Theatre for a New Audience), On the Razzle (Williamstown Theatre Festival), Burleigh Grimes (New World Stages), Rope (Drama Dept.), and As You Like It (The Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles). Mr. Lavelle has performed regionally at La Jolla Playhouse, McCarter Theatre Center, and Hartford Stage. His television and film credits include “Grace and Frankie,” “Forever,” “Law & Order: Trial by Jury,” “The Black Donnellys,” “Numb3rs,” “NCIS,” “Guiding Light,” “All My Children,” The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3, August, Zerosome, Frozen, Zootopia, Heirloom, and Selma.

Jake Millgard (Angus) was last seen in the Globe’s productions of The Comedy of Errors and Arms and the Man. He also recently appeared in The Old Globe and University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Theatre Program productions of As You Like It, The Seagull, Clybourne Park, and Pericles, Prince of Tyre. His New York credits include Sex and Violence, On Campus, and Remembering Kimberly. His regional credits include Dracula and A Christmas Carol (Actors Theatre of Louisville), The Full Monty (Northern Stage), and Art, The Odd Couple, and Lips Together, Teeth Apart (Mount Baker Theatre’s Summer Repertory Theatre). He also appeared in the premiere of The Open Road Anthology (Humana Festival of New American Plays). Some of his television and film credits include “Grimm,” Pudding Face, Placebo, and Frank and Barry.

Makha Mthembu (1st Witch) returns to the Lowell Davies Festival Theatre, having been in last year’s productions of The Comedy of Errors and Twelfth Night. She has appeared in The Old Globe/USD Shiley M.F.A. Program productions of The Seagull; Clybourne Park; Trelawny of the “Wells”; Pericles, Prince of Tyre;and As You Like It. Her Chicago credits include Judith in Sweetwater (Oracle Productions), Lady Montague in Romeo and Juliet (Teatro Vista), and Judith Smith in Belfast Girls (Artemisia, A Chicago Theatre). Her regional credits include Catherine in The Nightmare Room (Towle Theater).

Christina A. Okolo (Ensemble) is a candidate of The Old Globe and University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Theatre Program, and this is her first summer festival performance at The Old Globe. For The Old Globe/USD Shiley M.F.A. Program, she appeared as Celia in Acquainted with the Night and Phoebe in As You Like It. She has also performed at the Cloverdale Playhouse in Montgomery, Alabama, where her credits include A Raisin in the Sun and Clybourne Park. Her other credits include Broke-ology, A Song for Coretta, and No Child....

James Joseph O’Neil (Lennox, 2nd Murderer, Seyton) previously appeared at The Old Globe in Anthony and Cleopatra, As You Like It, Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, The Taming of the Shrew, Gate of Heaven, Mister Roberts, Henry IV Parts I and II, Dancing at Lughnasa, and, with the M.F.A. company, Love’s Labour’s Lost and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. His Broadway credits include Present Laughter (Roundabout Theatre Company), and his Off Broadway credits include A Month in the Country and Look Back in Anger (Classic Stage Company), Richard III (Epic Theatre Ensemble), and The Hired Man (47th Street Theatre). He has been seen regionally at Center Stage, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Williamstown Theatre Festival, American Repertory Theater, South Coast Repertory, Mark Taper Forum, Huntington Theatre Company, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Long Wharf Theatre, and Pioneer Theatre Company. Mr. O’Neil’s film and television credits include the soon-to-be-released Aardvark, The Bourne Legacy, Fair Game, Zodiac, Acts of Worship, “The Knick,” “Person of Interest,” “Law & Order,” “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” “24,” “Veronica Mars,” and more.

Suzelle Palacios (3rd Witch) is an M.F.A. candidate with The Old Globe and University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Theatre Program. She is making her debut in the Shakespeare Festival this summer. Her previous credits include Audrey in As You Like It (The Old Globe/USD Shiley M.F.A. Program), Macbeth and The Merchant of Venice (Houston Shakespeare Festival), and Our Country’s Good, The Miser, Blood Wedding, and The Crucible (University of Houston).

Daniel Petzold (Malcolm) performed in the Globe’s The Comedy of Errors and Twelfth Night last summer. He has also recently performed in The Old Globe/USD Shiley M.F.A. Program productions of The Seagull, As You Like It, Clybourne Park, Trelawny of the “Wells”, and Pericles, Prince of Tyre. In the San Francisco Bay Area he has performed in Tom Stoppard’s trilogy The Coast of Utopia and Jon Tracy’s The Salt Plays (Shotgun Players), Three Sisters (Berkeley Repertory Theatre), A Bright New Boise (Aurora Theatre Company), Any Given Day and Another Way Home (Magic Theatre), Oskar and the Big Bully Battle (TheatreWorks Silicon Valley), Julius Caesar, Much Ado About Nothing, and Romeo and Juliet (Pacific Repertory Theatre), and performances with the San Francisco, Marin, and Livermore Shakespeare Festivals.

Mark Pinter (Old Man, Siward) previously appeared at The Old Globe in Othello and The Two Gentlemen of Verona in 2014 and Hamlet and Charley’s Aunt in 1977. His Off Broadway credits include the 2015 revival of Rothschild & Sons (York Theatre Company), My Sweetheart’s the Man in the Moon (Hypothetical Theatre Company), and Three on the Couch (Soho Rep.). Regionally he has been seen in Book of Days (Arena Stage), Clybourne Park (San Diego Repertory Theatre), The Price (Northern Stage), The Sound of Music (Syracuse Stage), West Side Story (Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera), Victor/Victoria (North Shore Music Theatre), Equus (Arizona Theatre Company), and The Lion in Winter (North Coast Repertory Theatre). Mr. Pinter has appeared in the world premieres of Anna Ziegler’s Another Way Home (Magic Theatre), Richard Montoya’s Federal Jazz Project (San Diego Repertory Theatre), and Melinda Lopez’s Becoming Cuba (North Coast Rep). His television credits include “Grace and Frankie,” “Mad Men,” “NCIS: Los Angeles,” “Cold Case,” “Law & Order,” “All My Children,” and “Another World.” His films include Other People’s Money, Vanilla Sky, The Eden Myth, Season of Youth, and the short Play.

Timothy D. Stickney (Banquo) was a company member for five seasons with Stratford Shakespeare Festival, which included playing Pothinus in George Bernard Shaw’s Caesar and Cleopatra and Sebastian in Shakespeare’s The Tempest; both were with Christopher Plummer, directed by Des McAnuff, and filmed for theatrical release by Bravo/CBC. Most recently Mr. Stickney appeared at Hartford Stage as Lord Capulet in Darko Tresnjak’s Romeo and Juliet. For The Public Theater, he played Oswald in King Lear with Kevin Kline and Prince Escalus in Romeo and Juliet. His Hamlet for Take Wing And Soar Productions was AUDELCO Award-nominated, and he led AUDELCO-nominated productions of Othello (Africa Arts) and Richard III (TWAS). He directed gender-bending workshops of Julius Caesar and Othello and played Mercutio in a Lucille Lortel Award-winning Romeo and Juliet (Theatre for a New Audience). His other credits include Kent in King Lear with Michael Pennington (TFANA), Macbeth in Macbeth (The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis), Orsino in Twelfth Night (Seattle Repertory Theatre), and Dukes in As You Like It and Achilles in Troilus and Cressida (Shakespeare Theatre Company). Mr. Stickney is best known for his award-winning 12 years as R.J. Gannon on ABC’s “One Life to Live.”

Nathan Whitmer (Doctor) was last seen at the Globe in The Comedy of Errors and Twelfth Night. He is a member of The Old Globe and University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Theatre Program, for which he has appeared in The Seagull, Clybourne Park, As You Like It, and Pericles, Prince of Tyre. He was seen Off Broadway in A.A. Milne’s The Ugly Duckling (Marvell Rep), and his other New York City credits include Macbeth (TitanTheatre Company), Bumbershoot! (New York International Fringe Festival), and Who Murdered Love (Theatre for the New City).As a member of Barter Theatre’s Player Company and Resident Acting Company, he appeared in over 25 productions in roles great and small. His other regional credits include A Christmas Carol, Reckless, and Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Jersey Lilly (Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park), The Royal Hunt of the Sun and 1776 (Texas Shakespeare Festival), and the role of John Proctor in The Crucible (Roxy Regional Theatre).

Arnulfo Maldonado (Scenic Design) is a New York City-based set and costume designer. His recent credits include the East Coast premiere of Lucas Hnath’s Hillary and Clinton (Philadelphia Theatre Company); As You Like It (Center Stage); and the world premieres of Anne Washburn’s transadapted Iphigenia In Aulis (Classic Stage Company), Max Posner’s Judy (Page 73 Productions), and Jenny Schwartz and Todd Almond’s Iowa (Playwrights Horizons). His New York credits include Baryshnikov Arts Center, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Classic Stage Company, EST, HERE Arts Center, The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College, and Soho Rep. His further regional credits include Anchorage Opera, Barrington Stage Company, Central City Opera, Cleveland Play House, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Peak Performances, Perseverance Theatre, San Francisco Ballet, Studio Arena Theater, Two River Theater, and Westport Country Playhouse. Mr. Maldonado is a Clubbed Thumb Affiliated Artist, a recipient of a Princess Grace Fabergé Theater Award, and the resident scenic designer at the National Playwrights Conference.

Oana Botez (Costume Design) is an international set and costume designer for film, theatre, opera, and dance. She has earned the Princess Grace Award, NEA/TCG Career Development Program for Designers honor, Barrymore Award, and Drammy Award, and she was nominated for the Henry Hewes Design Award. Her designs have received critical acclaim in New York’s Next Wave Festival at Brooklyn Academy of Music; Bard SummerScape; Baryshnikov Arts Center; the David H. Koch Theater and the Big Apple Circus at Lincoln Center; and Classic Stage Company. Regionally she has designed for The Wilma Theater, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Hartford Stage, Long Wharf Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, ArtsEmerson, The Broad Stage, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Oberlin Dance Collective, Walker Art Center, Peak Performances, American Dance Institute, The Academy of Music, Curtis Institute of Music, and Cutler Majestic Theatre. Internationally, Ms. Botez has worked in Romania (National Theatre Bucharest and National Theatre, Arad), France (Théâtre National de Chaillot, Les Subsistence, and Le Quartz), Turkey (International Istanbul Theater Festival), Peru, Germany, Italy, Singapore, and the United Kingdom.

Jason Lyons (Lighting Design) has designed the Broadway productions of Hand to God, On the Town, Bronx Bombers, Let It Be, Bring It On: The Musical, Rock of Ages (as well as the Vegas, Toronto, Australia, London, and national tours), The Threepenny Opera, Barefoot in the Park, and Good Vibrations. His other recent credits include Dry Powder, Barbecue, and Venice (The Public Theater), Smart People (Second Stage Theatre), Murder for Two and Heathers: The Musical (New World Stages), Hand to God (MCC Theater), The Commons of Pensacola (Manhattan Theatre Club), Nerds (Philadelphia Theatre Company), Hello, Dolly! (Goodspeed Musicals), All in the Timing (Primary Stages), Medieval Play (Signature Theatre Company), Uncle Vanya (Classic Stage Company), White Noise (Chicago), Broke-ology and Clay (Lincoln Center Theater), Happy Hour, Two by Pinter, and Scarcity (Atlantic Theater Company), and 10 years with The New Group including the productions The Good Mother, Marie and Bruce, Abigail’s Party, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, and Hurlyburly.

Sten Severson (Sound Design) is returns to The Old Globe, where he designed The Comedy of Errors, Twelfth Night, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, and Othello. His Broadway credits include The Motherfucker with the Hat, and The Merchant of Venice, and his West End credits include Hair. He designed the Off Broadway productions of Venice, No Place to Go, The Total Bent, and The Controversy of Valladolid, as well as the Shakespeare in the Park productions of King Lear, the musical Love’s Labour’s Lost, Twelfth Night, As You Like It, Hair, and Hamlet. His regional credits include Family Album (Oregon Shakespeare Festival), Fallaci (Berkeley Repertory Theatre), Akeelah and the Bee (Children’s Theatre Company, Arena Stage), and Diary of a Wimpy Kid (Children’s Theatre Company). Mr. Severson is a partner in Acme Sound Partners, collectively responsible for over 30 Broadway shows since 2000. He is currently the Sound Director at Children’s Theatre Company in Minneapolis.

David Thomas (Sound Design) is co-designing his first production for The Old Globe. As a Broadway assistant/associate designer, he has worked on Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella and Joe Turner’s Come and Gone (each nominated for Tony Awards for Sound Design) as well as The Performers, Magic/Bird, Venus in Fur, The Motherfucker with the Hat,and the 2011 return of Hair. In New York, Mr. Thomas has also designed for HERE Arts Center, The Storm Theatre, Urban Stages, Astoria Performing Arts Center, terraNOVA Collective, Summer Play Festival, and Redshift Productions. His regional designs include productions for Yale Repertory Theatre, Capital Repertory Theatre, Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, and Williamstown Theatre Festival. He also works for Acme Professionals, a firm that has provided system design services for world-famous theatrical venues.

George Yé (Fight Director) has over 70 credits as a fight director working in theatre and film. His favorites at The Old Globe include The Comedy of Errors, Twelfth Night, In Your Arms, Time and the Conways, Double Indemnity, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Allegiance – A New American Musical, August: Osage County, God of Carnage, The Whipping Man, and Dancing in the Dark. His other credits include Ether Dome, Kingdom City, Peter and the Starcatchers, Hands on a Hardbody, and A Dram of Drummhicit (La Jolla Playhouse) and Oedipus El Rey and Clybourne Park (San Diego Repertory Theatre). He choreographed fights for True West and Shakespeare’s R&J (Cygnet Theatre); recently worked on The Boy Who Danced on Air (Diversionary Theatre); and choreographed the Sarcinian duel in The King’s Guard with Ron Perlman.

David Huber (Vocal Coach) has worked on the Globe productions of tokyo fish story, Camp David, Constellations, Rain, The Last Match, The Metromaniacs, Ken Ludwig’s Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery, Arms and the Man, Buyer & Cellar, The Royale, Bright Star, and The Two Gentlemen of Verona. His previous Old Globe acting credits include The Winter’s Tale directed by Jack O’Brien, The Tempest, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, and The Merchant of Venice, among several others. He has studied voice with Master Linklater Voice teacher David Smukler, Eric Armstrong, and Kate Burke. He is a graduate of the Graduate Voice Teacher Diploma Program at York University in Toronto. His regional theatre credits include Actors Theatre of Louisville, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Pittsburgh Playhouse, PCPA Theaterfest, Texas Shakespeare Festival, Center REP Theatre, and Centennial Theater Festival, among many others. Mr. Huber coaches voice, speech, and acting locally, works on speech issues with special needs students, and is currently teaching at Actors Workshop Studios.

Jim Carnahan, CSA (Casting) cast the Globe’s productions of Twelfth Night and The Comedy of Errors last summer. He is the Director of Artistic Development at Roundabout Theatre Company, where his credits include Long Day’s Journey Into Night, She Loves Me, Noises Off, Thérèse Raquin, Old Times, On the Twentieth Century, The Real Thing, Cabaret, Violet, Machinal, The Winslow Boy, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Cyrano de Bergerac, Harvey, Anything Goes, The Importance of Being Earnest, Mrs. Warren’s Profession, Sunday in the Park with George, The Pajama Game, 12 Angry Men, Assassins, Nine, and Big River. His other Broadway credits include Fun Home, Constellations, The River, You Can’t Take It With You, Rocky, The Glass Menagerie, Once, Matilda, Peter and the Starcatcher, The Mountaintop, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, Jerusalem, Arcadia, The Scottsboro Boys, American Idiot, A Behanding in Spokane, The Seagull, Boeing-Boeing, Spring Awakening, The Pillowman, Gypsy, and True West. His film credits include A Home at the End of the World and Flicka, and his television credits include“Glee” (Emmy Award nomination).

Annette Elena Nixon (Production Stage Manager) stage managed the Globe productions of Constellations, Full Gallop, Ken Ludwig’s Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery, Arms and the Man, The Royale, Quartet, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, The Few, Pygmalion, God of Carnage, Anna Christie, Groundswell, and the 2010 production of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Her other Globe credits include A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (2011-2014), Boeing-Boeing, The First Wives Club, Opus, Dancing in the Dark, Hay Fever, and the Summer Shakespeare Festivals 2008 and 2010-2013.

 

2016 Summer Shakespeare Festival

Macbeth

By William Shakespeare

Directed by Brian Kulick

RUNS: June 19 – July 24, 2016

Lowell Davies Festival Theatre

TICKETS: Tickets start at $29.

SYNOPSIS: Tempted by an evil prophecy, and encouraged by his wife ever deeper into his own dark ambition, Macbeth murders his way to the throne of Scotland. Shakespeare’s chilling tragedy is filled with ferocious battles, supernatural horrors, famously gorgeous poetry, and some of the Bard’s most vivid characters. A stellar cast, under the direction of renowned Shakespearean Brian Kulick, will electrify the San Diego night with a stunning rendition of one of Shakespeare’s masterpieces.

CAST: Jonathan Cake (Macbeth) and Marsha Stephanie Blake (Lady Macbeth); Jerome Preston Bates (Duncan), Clifton Duncan (Macduff), Brian Keane (Ross, 3rd Murderer), John Lavelle (Porter, 1st Murderer), James Joseph O'Neil (Lennox, 2nd Murderer, Seyton), Mark Pinter (Old Man, Siward), and Timothy D. Stickney (Banquo); M.F.A. actors Amara James Aja (Bloody Captain, Menteith), Amy Blackman (2nd Witch), Ally Carey (Lady Macduff), Ajinkya Desai (Fleance), Talley Beth Gale (Gentlewoman), Kevin Hafso-Koppman (Donalbain), Lorenzo Landini (Young Siward), Jake Millgard (Angus), Makha Mthembu (1st Witch), Christina A. Okolo (Ensemble), Suzelle Palacios (3rd Witch), Daniel Petzold (Malcolm), and Nathan Whitmer (Doctor).

CREATIVE TEAM: Arnulfo Maldonado (Scenic Design), Oana Botez (Costume Design), Jason Lyons (Lighting Design), Sten Severson and David Thomas (Sound Design), George Yé (Fight Director), David Huber (Vocal Coach), Jim Carnahan, CSA (Casting), Annette Elena Nixon (Production Stage Manager).

INSIGHTS SEMINAR: Tuesday, June 21 at 6:30 p.m.

The seminar series features a panel from the artistic company of the show. Reception at 6:00 p.m. FREE

POST-SHOW FORUMS: Tuesdays, June 28 and July 5, and Wednesday, June 29.  Discuss the play with members of the cast and crew following the performance. FREE

SHAKESPEARE IN THE GARDEN:  Tuesday, June 28; Wednesday, June 29; Thursday, June 30; Friday, July 1; Saturday, July 2; all at 7:00 p.m.  Informal presentations in the Craig Noel Garden that enhance the theatregoing experience. FREE

 

 

PREVIEW PERFORMANCES:

June 19 SUN 8:00pm

June 21 TUE 8:00pm (Insights Seminar)

June 22 WED 8:00pm

June 23 THU 8:00pm

June 24 FRI 8:00pm

OPENING NIGHT: June 25 SAT 8:00pm

REGULAR PERFORMANCES:

June 26 SUN 8:00pm

June 28 TUE 8:00pm (Garden, Post-Show Forum)

June 29 WED 8:00pm (Garden, Post-Show Forum)

June 30 THU 8:00pm (Shakespeare in the Garden)

July 1 FRI 8:00pm (Shakespeare in the Garden)

July 2 SAT 8:00pm (Shakespeare in the Garden)

July 3 SUN 8:00pm

July 5 TUE 8:00pm

July 6 WED 8:00pm

July 7 THU 8:00pm

July 8 FRI 8:00pm

July 9 SAT 8:00pm

July 10 SUN 8:00pm

July 12 TUE 8:00pm

July 13 WED 8:00pm

July 14 THU 8:00pm

July 15 FRI 8:00pm

July 16 SAT 8:00pm

July 18 MON 8:00pm

July 19 TUE 8:00pm

July 20 WED 8:00pm

July 21 THU 8:00pm

July 22 FRI 8:00pm

July 23 SAT 8:00pm

July 24 SUN 8:00pm

 

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LOCATION: The Old Globe is located in San Diego’s Balboa Park at 1363 Old Globe Way. Free parking is available throughout the park. Valet parking is also available, pre-paid with your evening ticket in the Zoo Employee Parking structure ($20).

PRESS CONTACTS:

Susan Chicoine (619) 238-0043 x2352 / 325-9416
   schicoine@TheOldGlobe.org

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   mhausberg@TheOldGlobe.org