February 16, 2011

Theater department presents condensed ‘Macbeth’

by Andrea Hahn

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- The Department of Theater at Southern Illinois University Carbondale presents a condensed version of “Macbeth” as the first event in the Macbeth Project series.

The performances are 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 25 and 2 p.m. on Feb. 26 in the Christian H. Moe Theater in the Communications Building. The performance is free. However, the “Moe” is not a big theater -- for best seating, arrive early. There is no seating after the performance begins.

The condensed “Macbeth” is an adaptation meant for a minimalist stage -- one with few or no sets, costumes or effects -- and with an hour or less stage time. SIUC graduate student Gabriela Ponce, (Quito, Ecuador), who directs this performance, also wanted to make the play accessible to a middle school aged audience.

The cast for this condensed version of the play includes Josh Kimball as Macbeth (Benton), Brittney Benson as Lady Macbeth (Joliet), and ensemble cast members Nikki Bohr (Blaine, Minn.), Sabreena Candreva (Manteno), Phillip Mann (Frederick), and Adam Wories (Carbondale).

The Macbeth Project includes a series of free performances and readings that present different views of Shakespeare’s great historical tragedy “Macbeth.”

Other free Macbeth Project events are:

• March 7, noon, McLeod Theater, readings from deconstructed versions of Macbeth written by graduate student David Clark (Carbondale), free

• April 4, noon, McLeod Theater, “10 Things I Hate About Macbeth,” Callie Meiner (Marion)

• April 18, noon, McLeod Theater, reading by Jeff Nichols (Liverpool, N.Y.)

• April 25, noon, McLeod Theater, “Macbeth and Lady Macbeth” lecture, Mary Ellen Lamb, professor in the SIUC Department of English

The “Condensed Macbeth” is part of the Heightened Language project in the directing program that is part of SIUC’s Department of Theater.

For more information about these and other performances, visit www.theater.siuc.edu or call 618/453-5741.