NEWS RELEASE: JANUARY 12, 2004
UPDATED FEBRUARY 11, 2004
By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes . . ."
MACBETH, A CO-PRODUCTION OF THE ODYSSEY THEATRE AND CIRCUS THEATRICALS, OPENS FEBRUARY 28th.
Shakespeare’s spell-binding, supernatural tale of the lust for power ...and its bloody repercussions stars Jack Stehlin in the title role, and is directed by Casey Biggs
LOS ANGELES, CA. — The Odyssey Theatre and Circus Theatricals continue their co-producing relationship with William Shakespeare’s MACBETH. Macbeth, Shakespeare’s tragedy about the lust for power and its bloody repercussions, opens Saturday, February 28th at 8PM and Sunday, February 29th at 2PM, closing April 18th, with a likely extension through April 30th.
Jack Stehlin, Founder and Artistic Director of Circus Theatricals, plays the title role. Casey Biggs, Circus Theatricals Associate Artist, will direct, guiding a cast which includes Bernard K. Addison (Banquo), Fintan McKeown (Macduff), Tony Pasqualini (Rosse), Libby West (Lady Macbeth), and Circus Theatricals company members Strawn Bovee (Witch), Kent George (Lennox), Daniel Gibbons (Malcolm), Jerry Goble (Seyton), Thomas Kopache (King Duncan), Elizabeth Kouri (Gentlewoman), Nickella Dee Schlanger (Witch), Patrick Vest (Bloody Captain), and Susan Ziegler (Lady Macduff/Witch).
The design team includes Tim Kiley (lights), Diane Taylor (sets), James Haycock (costumes), Paul Taylor Robertson (sound). Christina Burck is Stage Manager, Scott Smith is Assistant Director.
Producers are Ron Sossi (Odyssey Theatre Artistic Director), and Jeannine Stehlin (Circus Theatricals Producing Director).
Macbeth, (considered the most concise yet darkest of Shakespeare’s four tragedies), tells the tale of the heroic Scottish general, and his successful but ill-fated quest for the throne of Scotland. In the play, Macbeth (Stehlin) and fellow general Banquo (Addison) are visited by three witches, who prophesy that Macbeth will become Thane (Lord) of Cawdor and then King of Scotland. As first part of the prophesies begin to come true, Lady Macbeth (West) persuades her husband to murder King Duncan (Kopache) and become King sooner - rather than later. This bloody deed sets off a series of more bloody deeds, as Macbeth’s ambition and quest for power grows. Believing to be invincible, Macbeth faces off with Macduff (McKeown), and is ultimately defeated.
“This is a morality tale,” says Jack Stehlin. “Certainly the play suggests that there are those who would commit truly terrible crimes in seeking the power they desire. It also, on some level, indicts those who allow these atrocities to take place without taking arms against them. Some might say this is true of those surrounding Saddam Hussein, and yet there are those who might say it is also true of those people in support of George Bush and his leadership. I make no claims to either assumption. However, it does seem that especially in times of turmoil, society is dangerously vulnerable to the suggestion of those who seek power.”
Macbeth features some of the most memorable and oft-quoted lines from Shakespeare, including “"Out, damned spot!,” "Double, double, toil and trouble," Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow...” and "By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes . . ," and “Fair is foul and foul is fair.”
ABOUT THE PLAY
History proves that the story of Macbeth is based on a real warrior and King who existed during the most barbaric era in Scottish history, sometime between 1010 and 1080. During that time, people lived under the protection of warlords, who safeguarded communities by slaughtering the people of neighboring territories and distant enemies. Groups of warlords would unite under the leadership of one king, who usually came into power by killing off “friends” and family members.
Jack Stehlin (MacBeth/Circus Theatricals Artistic Director ). For The Odyssey Theatre and Circus Theatricals, Jack most recently played the title roles in Tartuffe, Richard III, (Garland Award and a Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle nominations, and Hamlet. Jack founded Circus Theatricals in New York in 1983, and has produced over 40 plays in NYC and Los Angeles. As an actor, Jack has appeared on Broadway, Off-Broadway, regional theatres, tours and international stages around the world, such as the Public Theatre, The New York Shakespeare Festival, Classic Stage Company, Festival D’Automne in Paris, Venice Bienale, Philadelphia Drama Guild, Indiana Rep, Milwaukee Rep, Paper Mill Playhouse, Baltimore Center Stage, Missouri Rep, The Alley Theatre, and Stamford Center of the Arts. TV and film credits include Guest Starring roles on “JAG,” (recurring), “Buffy” (recurring ), “Judging Amy,” “The Practice,” “Crossing Jordan,” “NYPD Blue,” and “ER.” Jack is an alumnus of John Houseman’s The Acting Company and a graduate of the Juilliard School.
Bernard K. Addison, (Banquo) is a native of Columbia, South Carolina. His LA theatre credits include the title role in Carrad Lee at the Lee Strasberg Theatre, Romeo and Juliet at the Ahmanson (Sir Peter Hall,director), and Parasites at the MET Theatre. He made his Broadway debut in Electra (David Levee, director) and his regional credits include productions at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, The Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, DC, The Pearl Theatre in New York and the Denver Theatre Center. Film and Television credits include Woody Allen’s “Celebrity,” “Frasier,” “JAG,” “Buffy,” and “Angel.” He received his BA from the University of South Carolina and his MFA from the University fo North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Strawn Bovee (Witch) was most recently seen as Nurse in Antigone (Circus Theatricals). For the Odyssey Theatre/Circus Theatricals , she has been seen as as Mdme. Pernelle in Tartuffe , and as the Duchess of York in Richard III Other stage credits include: Anfisa in The Three Sisters, Paulina in The Seagull,Mdme. Charlotta in The Cherry Orchard, Amanda in The Glass Menagerie.Television: “Gilmore Girls,” “Judging Amy,” “Port Charles,” “The Others,” Divorce Court,” “General Hospital.” Upcoming film: “All the Ships at Sea.” Interactive video: “Adventures of the Smart Patrol.” Strawn is a member of Circus Theatricals Studio Ensemble.
Kent George (Lennox). Stage credits include Antigone (Circus Theatricals), Tartuffe (Circus Theatricals/Odyssey Theatre), Loose Ends, As You Like It (Circus Theatricals), The Big Funk (Odyssey), Freedom Rider (PALEF Foundation world premiere musical), The Miracle Worker, Mame and Little Shop of Horrors (SRT), The Marriage Proposal and Baby with the Bathwater (Exit Theater, SF), Macbeth (Diego Rivera Theater, SF), Cyrano de Bergerac, Barbarians, Beggar’s Opera, Candida, Mikado and Hot l Baltimore (ACT and ACT Studio). Feature films include: “Gods and Monsters,” “The Relic,” “Art House” and “In Love with You.” Television: “Murder in Small Town X” (series regular), “Alias,” Passions.” Kent is a graduate of American Conservatory Theater and Princeton University. Kent is a member of Circus Theatricals Studio Ensemble.
Daniel Gibbons (Malcolm). Odyssey Theatre/Circus Theatricals co-productions: Valere in Tartuffe, Ratcliff in Richard III, Guldenstern in Hamlet. Circus Theatricals credits include: Orlando de Boys in As You Like It, Tuzenbach in The Three Sisters, and Medvedyenko in The Seagull. Other credits include The Greeks Parts II (Odyssey Theatre), Hatful of Rain, and Lil Abner. NY Credits: Off-Broadway premiere of Aggravation,” a new play by Mark Troy. Independent films: “Dave’s Life,” (Chicago and San Fransicso Film Festivals,)and “Last Cigarette (LA Film Festival). Graduate of Bowling Green State University. Dan is an associate artist of Circus Theatricals.
Jerry Goble (Seyton). Stage credits include the Odyssey Theatre and Circus Theatricals co-productions of Hamlet and Richard III , and the Circus Theatricals productions of As You Like It, Loose Ends, and Three Sisters. Other theatre credits include Burn This, The Marriage of Bette & Boo, The Ring & The Book, New York Stories, The Shadowbox, Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll, and Waiting For Lefty which he also produced and directed. Film credits include “Deep Blue Sea,” “Diablo,” “The Neighborhood.” Television credits include appearances on “The Nick Cannon Show,” and “The Amanda Bynes Show” for Nickelodeon. Member of Circus Theatricals Studio Ensemble.
Thomas Kopache (Duncan), was last seen as Creon in Antigone, and as Duke Senior in As You Like It (both with Circus Theatricals). He has worked on and off and Off-Off Broadway and a goodly number of the regional theatres. Film/TV: “Catch Me if You Can,” “Leaving Las Vegas,” “Breakdown,” “Stigmata,” “West Wing,” “The Practice,” “Star Trek,” “JAG,” “X-Files,” and others. Member of Circus Theatricals Studio Ensemble.
Elizabeth Kouri (Gentlewoman) most recently played the title role in Antigone (Circus Theatricals). Other credits include Tartuffe (Odyssey Theatre/Circus Theatricals co-production), As You LIke It (Circus Theatricals), The 42nd Street Theatre Workshop, The Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago and The L.A. Women’s Shakespeare Company. B.S. in Theatre, Northwestern University; Graduate of The Teacher’s Development Program at The Actor’s Center in New York City. Member of Circus Theatricals Studio Ensemble.
Fintan McKeown (Macduff) began his career at the Focus Theatre in Dublin. He has played the Abby and Gate Theatres. Plays include Shadow of a Gunman and Wuthering Heights. He made his London Stage debut at the Royal National Theatre playing Robert Folliot in The Shaughraun and he hae also appeared in Bartholomew Fair and Hamlet. On television, he played Michael Sullivan on “Star Trek Voyager.” Films include “Immortal Beloved,” and “Waking Ned Devine.” He can be seen in the forthcoming films “Earthquake Gargoyles” and “The Conspiracy of Silence.”
Tony Pasqualini (Rosse), is a veteran of almost thirty years in the theatre. He has performed on many stages around the country, including; The Arena Stage, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Intiman Theatre, The Philadelphia Drama Guild and Playwrights Horizons. Local audiences may have seen him at The South Coast Repertory Theatre, where he played Jim Bayless in All My Sons, and Leonato in Mark Rucker’s critically acclaimed Much Ado About Nothing, and the The Pacific Resident Theatre, where this past year he played Tobias in A Delicat Balance, and Dr. Boyle in Prelude to a Kiss. Tony has also been a frequent guest-star on television, where his appearance include “The Guardian,” “Angel,” “The Practice,” “Frasier,” “Boston Public,” “The West Wing” and “Navy NCIS.”
Nickella Dee Schlanger (Witch). Odyssey Theatre/Circus Theatricals co-productions include: Marianne in Tartuffe, Anya in The Cherry Orchard , and Young Prince in Richard III , Also for Circus Theatricals, she has played Irina in Three Sisters, Celia in As You Like It, Abigail in The Crucible, Babe in Crimes of the Heart, and Juliet in Romeo and Juliet. Nickella is a member of Circus Theatricals Studio Ensemble.
Patrick Vest (Bloody Captain) has performed in 24 Shakespeare productions, including Prince Hal, Petruchio, Macbeth, Mercutio, and Oberon. He created a one-man show about Henry David Thoreau which he performs from time to time to small but appreciative audiences.
Libby West (Lady Macbeth). Favorite roles include Roxane in Cyrano de Bergerac, Cathy in Wuthering Heights and Nina in The Seagull. She has worked Off-Broadway at The Promenade Theatre and The Public Theatre and elsewhere in New York City at SoHo Rep, The Kraine Theatre, The West End Theatre, Expanded Arts, Vital Theatre, Third Eye Rep, Actors Studio Free Theatre, NYU Directors Lab, Nyorican Poets Cafe and with the Galatea Theatre Collective. She has appeared at 20 regional theatres across the country to include The American Conservatory Theatre, The Denver Center, The Old Globe, and The Shakespeare Theatre. Her Film and TV credits include “Two Weeks Notice,” “Iceman,” “Rift,” “Misanthrope,” “Ride of Passage,” “The Guests,” “Mirrorland,” “Dream House,” “Homecoming,” “Fluffy,” “The Scrapper,” “The Take,” “Richard,” “As the World Turns,” “One Life to Life,” and “All My Children.” Ms. West received her MFA from NYU and is a Fox Foundation Fellow. She recently received the Dean Goodman Choice Award for Outstanding Achievement in Theatre.
Susan Ziegler (Lady Macduff). For Circus Theatricals: Rosalind in As You Like It, and What Went Wrong with the King and Queen of America. Off-Broadway includes: Oona and Lurleen (The Public Theatre), Angel City, Suicide in B Flat, Hamlet, The Duchess of Malfi and the title character in Co-Dependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same (The Public Theate: W.O.W. Cafe.). LA theatre includes: the critically acclaimed Cheyenne (The Lillian), The American Way, Under My Thumb (as Marianne Faithfull), and Boiler Room (Actors Art Theatre.) TV includes: “The West Wing,” “Silk Stalkings,” “Arrest & Trial,” and “Days of Our Lives.” Recent film: “Lying in Wait (w/Rutger Hauer), and “Big Brother Trouble.” A graduate of NYU’s Experimental Theatre Wing; member of Circus Theatricas Studio Ensemble, The Sevedor Conderaccy, Actors ARt Theatre and FirstStage.
More about the play, this production, and the cast, can be accessed on the Circus Theatricals website: http://www.circustheatricals.com.
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