As he did in his wildly creative Pericles in 2008, director Joel Sass will work with a small ensemble of actors to make a highly charged and thoroughly unique interpretation of this epic tale of unbridled ambition. Featuring the same team of designers as Much Ado About Nothing, both theatrical events will bring to vivid and unexpected life these magnificent examples of why Shakespeare remains The Man.
PLEASE NOTE: Macbeth is a play about the dark side of humanity, and this production does not shy away from the brutal, violent nature of the work. We recommend you use your discretion in bringing young children to this production.
Highlights from Macbeth. Video by George Mauro. Watch the video.
Director Joel Sass, actor Craig Marker, and Cal Shakes Artistic Director Jonathan Moscone and Resident Dramaturg Philippa Kelly discuss adaptation, haunted asylums, and King Duncan's potency at a panel that took place partway through rehearsals for our production of Shakespeare's Macbeth. Watch the video
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Inside Scoop, Monday, Aug 2, 7pm, Orinda Library, 24 Orinda Way, Orinda, California 94563
Audiences are invited to meet and converse with the director, actors and designers to learn about directorial points of view, actors’ methods, and design ideas for the upcoming production. Complimentary ice cream and Peet’s coffee is served. This event is free and open to the public.
Grove Talks, 45 minutes before each performance
Led by resident Grove Talks speakers, these free, informal 20-minute talks are held on site 45 minutes before each and every performance, offering invaluable insight into the play and the production.
Tastings, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, beginning at 6pm
Taste the best of the Bay Area’s wine, beer, coffee, sweets, and savories for free on Tuesdays and Wednesdays before the performance.
Meet the Artists, Sunday, Aug 22 and Sep 5, following the 4pm performance
Audience members enjoy an opportunity to engage in a lively discussion about the production with cast members following select 4pm matinee performances.
Behind the Scenes, Thursday, Aug 26, 5:30pm event; 7:30pm performance
Share an intimate chat with actors from each production. The evening includes a backstage tour, hors d’oeuvres, wine, and a catered dinner beginning at 5:30pm. Cost: $45 (not including theater ticket). Call 510.548.9666 or visit calshakes.org to order.
Shindig, Friday, Aug 27, 6:30pm event, 8pm performance
Pre-show party for young professionals with cocktails, music, and more; event free with purchase of ticket to that night’s performance
InSight, Sunday, Aug 29, following the 4pm matinee
Explore the world of the play through an informal dialogue with the associate artistic director following select 4pm performances.
(in alphabetical order)
JUD WILLIFORD* MACBETH
STACY ROSS* LADY MACBETH AND OTHERS
JAMES CARPENTER* DUNCAN, PORTER, SEYTON, AND OTHERS
CRAIG MARKER* MACDUFF AND OTHERS
NICK CHILDRESS* MALCOLM AND OTHERS
NICHOLAS PELCZAR* BANQUO, LENNOX, AND OTHERS
DELIA MACDOUGALL* ROSS AND OTHERS
OMOZÉ IDEHENRE* LADY MACDUFF, MENTIETH, AND OTHERS
NOAH BALDWIN FLEANCE
SAMANTHA MARTIN MACDUFF’S SON
BRIAN J. PATTERSON ENSEMBLE
MARISSA KELTIE ENSEMBLE
Joel Sass DIRECTOR
DANIEL OSTLING SET DESIGNER
CHRISTAL WEATHERLY COSTUME DESIGNER
RUSSELL CHAMPA LIGHTING DESIGNER
ANDRE PLUESS SOUND DESIGNER
DAVE MAIER FIGHT DIRECTOR
PHILIPPA KELLY DRAMATURG
LYNNE SOFFER* TEXT AND VOCAL COACH
JESSICA RICHARDS CASTING DIRECTOR
BRIANA J. FAHEY* STAGE MANAGER
ELIZABETH ATKINSON*, KATHERINE RIEMANN* ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGERS
JESSA BRIE BERKNER ASSISTANT DIRECTOR
CHRISTINA LARSON PRODUCTION ASSISTANT
*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.
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