A modern-styled version of one of the best-known tragedies in Western drama will be the next offering in the Walter Gloor Mainstage Series by the SUNY Fredonia Department of Theatre and Dance.
William Shakespeare's classic "Macbeth" opens Friday and runs through Nov. 12 with six performances in Bartlett Theatre at Rockefeller Arts Center. Show times are 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 4; Saturday, Nov. 5; Thursday, November 10; Friday, Nov. 11 and Saturday, Nov. 12. There will be a matinee at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 6.
Shakespeare's tale of a nobleman caught up in a web of the supernatural and blinded by ambition has captivated audiences for ages. It is given a contemporary twist in this Mainstage production, according to director Paul Mockovak, an associate professor of performance and choreography.
Macbeth (Jacob Kahn) and Lady Macbeth (Kathleen Grace Fiori) carry out deadly deeds in the Department of Theatre and Dance production of “Macbeth,” which runs from Nov. 4 to 12 in Bartlett Theatre at SUNY Fredonia.
"Once I knew I would be directing 'Macbeth,' the production values became very clear to me almost instantly," Mockovak said. "I have incorporated a great deal of music and dance, even some singing and rhythmic chanting from the witches."
Costumes include Celtic knots and symbols and chains of state (a type of jewelry) Mockovak said, while "an inspirational blend of brushed steel and Plexiglas surround the players and Bartlett Theatre provides an intimacy and up-close-and-personal viewpoint."
"We will be looking at a culture definitely influenced by the original work but not limited to the time and year in which the original telling of the story takes place," Mockovak said.
The Mainstage production will feature the well-known battle scenes.
"We have also engaged an incredibly talented young man, Adam Rath, to provide some pretty exciting combat choreography," Mockovak said.
The director also offered "a major nod to the entire cast," which includes Jacob Kahn as Macbeth, Kathleen Grace Fiori as Lady Macbeth, Daniel Astacio as Macduff and Shannon Mann as Banquo.
"I think the audience will find this production of Macbeth to be exciting and compelling," Mockovak said. "The design production team has come up with beautiful designs and the cast of 16 actors is stepping up as well, bringing their talent, training, energy and spirit to each rehearsal."
Mockovak praised the team that has worked to create the setting for this production.
"I have to give the highest possible nod to faculty set designer Greg Kaye; student costume designer Danielle Waterman; faculty lighting designer Todd Proffitt, student hair and make-up designer Anna Slocum; sound designer Hilda Myers and the director's right arm - student production stage manager Liz Ellis."
Tickets are available through the SUNY Fredonia Ticket Office in the modular complex in the Dods Hall parking lot across from the Williams Center, by phone at 673-3501 or online at fredonia.edu/tickets.