Southern California Shakespeare Festival will present Macbeth September 5 – October 4 in Cal Poly Pomona’s Studio Theatre. Shakespeare’s classic drama depicts a tale of better ideals overwhelmed by misguided ambition, and the runaway exercise of unchecked imperial power leading to extravagant bloodshed and then, revolution. The play remains popular because it resonates with 21st Century audiences. It will be costumed in modern dress, not tying it to any specific time period in a bid to universalize the action.
The production is directed by guest director David Fox who offers his thoughts about the play. “This is a war-weary society. The trauma of constant battle and death has taken an emotional toll on men, women, and children. The moral compass is broken. People are not thinking clearly. Suspicion and desperation permeate the air. Everyone is vulnerable to temptation, the solicitations of the subconscious and/or supernatural.”
Fox is a professor of theatre at Massachusetts’ Wheaton College. His directing credits include The Bald Soprano, Waiting For Godot, The Trojan Women, The Importance of Being Earnest, The Pillowman, and Macbeth.
The Southern California Shakespeare Festival production of Macbeth boasts the Festival’s largest cast ever. Robert Shields portrays the title character, and Daniella Tarankow plays his queen. The cast also includes Nathaniel Akstin-Johnson, Kevyn Allen, Delfina Barrios, Linda Bisesti, Collin Bressie, Hannah Bunker, Annie Dennis, William Dinwiddie, Kristopher Dowling, Andrew Garcia, Samantha Girod, Alejandro Jimenez, Will Keary, Andrea Lopez, Valerie Lopez, Christine Menzies, Jasmine Mosebar, Odanis Perez, Rebeca Ramirez, Matthew Reidy, Sam Robinson, Victor Rodriguez, and Marissa Pitts Susel. The Southern California Shakespeare Festival is a professional company in residence at the Cal Poly Pomoma Department of Theatre and New Dance. Festival Artistic Director is Linda Bisesti.
September 5 – October 4, 2015
Studio Theatre, Cal Poly Pomona
3801 W. Temple Ave., Building 25, Pomona, CA 91768.
Tickets: (909) 869-3987 or http://classcsupomona.tix.com
There will be special added performances on at The School of Arts and Enterprise, 295 N. Garey Ave., Pomona, CA 91767. Tickets ($10.00) at www.saetix.com
In addition to the regular performances at Studio Theatre at Cal Poly Pomoma, there will be two performances at The School of Arts and Enterprise (Sept 10 – 11 at 7:00 pm). There will additionally be selected scenes from Macbeth performed at the Pomona Fringe Festival on Saturday, August 22 at 7:00 pm at dA Center for the Arts, 252 S. Main St., Pomona, CA 91766. www.daartcenter.org