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Macbeth

June 19 – July 24

Lowell Davies Festival Theatre

Macbeth

Summary

Macbeth

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Brian Kulick

CRITIC'S CHOICE

"A bracing new staging! A raw and spooky conception of the great tragedy." —The San Diego Union-Tribune

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.

 

Leading Production Sponsors
Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Fund and Qualcomm

Production Sponsors
Holland America Line and June Yoder

Artist Sponsors: Sue and Edward “Duff” Sanderson

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Running time: 2 hours, 45 minutes, including one intermission.

Cast and Creative

Cast

Creative

Brian Kulick (Director, Macbeth) is finishing up his final year as the Artistic Director of Classic Stage Company, a theatre he has lead since 2003. This season he will direct Bertolt Brecht’s Mother Courage and Her Children with Tonya Pinkins and Gotthold Ephraim Lessing’s rarely seen Nathan the Wise with F. Murray Abraham. Kulick’s other directing credits for CSC include Alexander Ostrovsky’s The Forest with Dianne Wiest and William Shakespeare’s The Tempest with Mandy Patinkin, Hamlet, Richard II and Richard III with longtime collaborator Michael Cumpsty. Kulick commissioned and co-directed poet Anne Carson’s award winning An Oresteia and helmed CSC’s multi-year Brecht Fest with productions of Galileo, The Caucasian Chalk Circle, and A Man’s a Man. He also conceived and oversaw the theatre’s critically acclaimed Chekhov Cycle, which produced productions of Ivanov, The Seagull, Uncle Vanya, The Three Sisters, and The Cherry Orchard 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. Kulick has made CSC the home for the work of playwright David Ives, producing world premieres of New Jerusalem, The School for Lies, and Venus in Fur, the latter of which transferred to Broadway and was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Play. Most recently he instituted CSC’s popular Musical Theatre Initiative, bringing revivals of such neglected masterworks as Stephen Sondheim’s Passion and Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Allegro. Prior to this he was an Artistic Associate and then Associate Producer for The Public Theater, where he directed critically acclaimed productions of Shakespeare’s Timon of Athens, The Winter’s Tale, and Twelfth Night as part of the theatre’s popular Shakespeare in the Park. He also directed A Dybbuk, Pericles, and Kit Marlowe at the theatre’s downtown home on Lafayette Street. He has directed the premieres of works by Nilo Cruz, Tony Kushner, Charles Mee, and Han Ong. Kulick’s work has been seen at Playwrights Horizons, New York Theatre Workshop, Mark Taper Forum, Trinity Repertory Company, McCarter Theatre Center, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, A Contemporary Theatre, and Magic Theatre. He has also spent the past 15 years teaching in the graduate directing program at Columbia University’s School of the Arts with Anne Bogart.

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 Repertory Theater. 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. He received his M.F.A. from New York University. arnulfomaldonado.

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. She also teaches costume design at MIT. oanabotez.com.

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 pleased to be returning 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, and he has taught in the sound design programs at New York University’s Tisch School for the Arts and the Yale School of Drama. 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. He holds an M.F.A. in Sound Design from Yale School of Drama and is a proud member of United Scenic Artists, the union that represents theatrical designers.

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 Pearlman. He is head of performance training at Mesa College Theatre Company and is a member of Actors’ Equity and the Society of American Fight Directors.

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. He is a graduate of the Old Globe/University of San Diego Graduate Theatre Program.

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, 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) served as stage manager for The Old 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.

Amanda Salmons (Assistant Stage Manager) has previously worked at The Old Globe on Rain, The Metromaniacs, Kiss Me, Kate, The White Snake, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, The Last Goodbye, Globe for All (2014-2015), the Summer Shakespeare Festival (2011-2013), Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, Somewhere, Lost in Yonkers, I Do! I Do!, and The Price, Her other credits include Blueprints to Freedom: An Ode to Bayard Rustin (La Jolla Playhouse), Kiss Me, Kate (Hartford Stage), The Foreigner, miXtape, See How They Run, The Music Man,and The Rivalry (Lamb’s Players Theatre), The Gondoliers, The Pirates of Penzance, Candide, and Trial by Jury (Lyric Opera San Diego), and SummerFest (La Jolla Music Society). Ms. Salmons holds a B.A. in Theatre from UC San Diego.

William Shakespeare
Playwright
Brian Kulick
Director
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
Amanda Salmons
Assistant Stage Manager

Events

Post-Show Forums

Discuss the play with members of the cast following the performance. Post-Show Forums following evening performances only. FREE

Tuesday, June 28

Wednesday, June 29

Tuesday, July 5

 

Shakespeare in the Garden

Tuesday, June 28 at 7:00p.m.

Wednesday, June 29 at 7:00p.m.

Thursday, June 30 at 7:00p.m.

Friday, July 1 at 7:00p.m.

Saturday, July 2 at 7:00p.m.

Reviews

CRITICS CHOICE

"A bracing new staging! A raw and spooky conception of the great tragedy." —The San Diego Union-Tribune

"Keeps the audience enthralled! Jonathan Cake offers a nuanced Macbeth, paired with the regal Marsha Stephanie Blake as Lady Macbeth. A clever adaptation of one of Shakespeare's most famous plays!" —Fine Magazine

"Director Brian Kulick merits cheers for his adventurism and appreciation of the tale's lighter moments." —San Diego CityBeat