MCCC Theatre Students To Explore Nature of
Evil in "Macbeth" at Kelsey Theatre Apr. 18-27

3/21/08


MCCC Theatre students will explore the dark forces of human nature in their upcoming adaptation of Shakespeare's classic tragedy, "Macbeth," at MCCC's Kelsey Theatre. The curtain rises April 18, 19, 25 and 26 at 8 p.m. and April 27 at 2 p.m. Kelsey Theatre is located on the college's West Windsor Campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road.

Seventeen of Mercer's most talented Theatre students will draw theatergoers into a world where "fair is foul, and foul is fair," a battlefield comprised of the darkest elements of our nature. Emboldened by Lady Macbeth and the witches' prophecies, Macbeth's obsession with power leads to menace and murder. As the tale is spun, cast members will pass signature pieces of Macbeth's and Lady Macbeth's wardrobe from one actor to the next, as each of them faces his or her own demons. The realistic fight scenes are directed by the noted fight choreographer Joseph Travers, managing director of Swordplay, a New York City-based company, which provides stage combat training to professional actors.

According to MCCC Theatre Program Coordinator Jody Person, who directs the play, in the fantasy of this production, nearly all the actors slip beneath the skin and inhabit the roles of Macbeth and/or Lady Macbeth at some point in the action. "If the potential for evil exists in everyone, the characters in the play as well as members of the audience have the potential to be Macbeth or Lady Macbeth, if only in our daydreams or nightmares," Person said. "The action flows from scene to scene with a swiftness that draws us into Macbeth's internal struggles."

The cast includes Jennifer Fordyce as MacDuff's Son/Macbeth, Doreen Griffin as Heccat/Macbeth, David Hamm as Banquo/Macbeth, Keith Harper as Macduff/Macbeth, James Jaketic as Donalbaine/Lady Macbeth/Macbeth, Shauri Johnson as Second Witch, Ben Knight as Seyward's Son/Macbeth/Lady Macbeth, Stephanie Landau as First Witch, Daniel Lownie as Duncan/Doctor/Macbeth, Keegan McDonald as murderer/Macbeth, Michael Mitchell as Ross/Macbeth, Shannon O'Connor as Porter/Servant/Seyton, Grace Papadopoulos as Third Witch, Yiraldi Reyes as Lady Macbeth/Macbeth, Tommy Searl as murderer/Macbeth/Lady Macbeth, and Alyscia Toscano as Lady Macduff/Lady Macbeth/GentlewomanKyrus Westcott as Malcome/Macbeth.

The production crew includes students Shauri Johnson as assistant director, and Nicole Schulnick and Jill Donchak as stage managers. Faculty member Bob Terrano, who coordinates the Entertainment Technology Program, is lighting designer. Kelsey Theatre Artistic Director M. Kitty Getlik produces the show and Technical Coordinator Kate Pinner is costume designer.

Front row, from left, Shannon O'Connor and Michael Mitchell; second row, from left, James Jaketic, Ben Knight, Tommy Searl, and Kyrus Westcott.
From left, Stephanie Landau, Doreen Griffin,
and Shauri Johnson; back, Grace Pappadopolas.
Front row, from left, Dan Lownie, Keegan McDonald
and Yiraldi Reyes; back row, from left, Jen Fordyce, Shannon O'Connor and Alysia Toscano.
Keith Harper, left, and David Hamm.

Tickets for "Macbeth" are $12 for adults, and $10 for seniors and students. Free parking is available next to the theater. Tickets may be purchased online or by calling the Kelsey Box Office at 609-570-3333. Kelsey Theatre is wheelchair accessible and provides assisted listening devices upon request.

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