Southern California Shakespeare Festival Presents MACBETH

macbethSouthern 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.”  More


Trailer: First Look at Macbeth Adaptation, Innocent Sleep

Producers Allison Volk and Brooke Bishop, the team behind Santa Monica’s City Shakespeare Company, have released a trailer for their upcoming film adaptation of Macbeth, Innocent Sleep. The completed film will premiere at a private screening in Los Angeles on October 3rd, before moving on to screenings at film festivals across the country.

Bishop and Volk began exploring the concepts of Macbeth in late 2013, when they produced a stage version of the play with The City Shakespeare Company. Filming took place in Colorado in the fall of 2014.

Adapted for screen by Allison Volk, Innocent Sleep focuses on the night the Macbeths murder King Duncan, played by Ashland Shakespeare Festival veteran Gregory Linington. City Shakes actors Allison Volk, Colin Martin, David Hartstone, Mallory Wedding and Daniel Landberg star in the film alongside several Shakespeare veterans.

“I’d like the film festival process to be a framework for connecting with audiences, to help guide me in the other projects I’m currently working on and perhaps inspire future project,” says Bishop.

Volk adds, “As an actor, you see so many projects go unfinished or drag their feet to completion. It’s incredibly satisfying that this project moves forward so decisively. I’m very excited to share our work with the world.”

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Kingsmen Shakespeare Camp adds Puppet Workshop

Shakespeare Camp 2015The Kingsmen Shakespeare Company Summer Theatre Camp is adding a new Puppet Workshop to its schedule this year. In the new session taught by camp director Aaron Anthony Bonilla, campers 8 to 16 will build and learn to manipulate marionettes culminating in a public showcase of scenes from Romeo and Juliet.

Shakespeare Camp, now in its 30th year, is co-presented by California Lutheran University and provides opportunities for children to learn theater techniques and try them out on stage while developing self-awareness, confidence and discipline.

In Beginning Shakespeare, children aged 8 to 12 will learn about the Bard, textual analysis, vocabulary, stage movement and combat techniques as they prepare to present a condensed version of Taming of the Shrew or Comedy of Errors. Training for 8- to 16-year-olds continues with Advanced Shakespeare, which covers Shakespeare scenes, stage combat, period dance and acting techniques in more depth and concludes with the presentation of an abridged Macbeth. This year, Advanced Shakespeare will be an all-day camp, and all-day and half-day options will be available for Beginning Shakespeare.

Musical Theatre for 12- to 16-year-olds will cover vocal technique, acting and dance and end with a performance of selections from a musical.

Bonilla_AaronBonilla, in his second year as director, helped develop the curriculum and designed the teacher-development program for the apprentices who teach in the camp. A graduate of the Pacific Conservatory of Performing Arts, he has devoted himself to theater production, performance and education for 14 years. He has also worked with the Bob Baker Marionette Theater in downtown LA and taught private lessons with The Puppet School of Culver City.

Barbara Wegher-Thompson, who teaches dance and movement at Cal Lutheran and has been involved with the Young Artists Ensemble, will again teach Musical Theatre. Teachers, actors and Kingsmen Shakespeare Company members round out the staff.

Two-week sessions begin June 15 and continue through July 31. Classes will be held in the Cal Lutheran Theatre Arts Building and adjoining spaces.

For more information, visit, call 805-493-3452 or email Registration is available online.

Review: ZJU’s MACBETH – Short and Sweet, Dark and Bloody

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Amir Khalighi as Macbeth and Jason Britt as Macduff

Director Denise Devin knows how to set a mood. Her one-hour Shakespeare adaptations condense the Bard’s source material into compact, efficient theatre capsules that are perfect for those who want their Shakespeare short and sweet – or in this case, dark and bloody – with enough time left after the show to head out on the town.

This latest version of the Scottish play contains all of ZJU’s signature touches as Devin transforms the intimate space into an ephemeral black hole with 11 actors, 2 stationary black cubes, and an earthy costume design.  More

Audition Update: Santa Clarita Shakespeare Festival and Art of Acting Studio

Santa Clarita Shakespeare Festival is holding auditions for its annual Shakespeare in the Park series on April 25 – 26. This year’s production is 12th Night – The Musical, which combines the words of Shakespeare with a rock and roll score. 12th Night is directed by Erin McBride Africa, with original music by Jay Africa. Actors and singers should prepare a 2-minute Shakespeare monologue and 16 bars of music to sing acapella. All roles are open, and SCSF practices blind casting. Headshots and resumes are highly encouraged. To request an audition time, send an email to For more information, go to

High school and college students will also be considered for Once more unto the Breach, an original cutting of Shakespeare’s musings on conflict, honor and death performed by SCSF’s Young Company. Once more unto the Breach is directed by Luck Hari, and will tour various locations throughout the Santa Clarita Valley. For more information and a complete schedule of events, go to

Harold Clurman Laboratory Theatre Company/Art of Acting Studio will hold auditions for Macbeth, directed by Michael Allen and Don K. Williams, on April 24, 2015. Callbacks will take place 4/29, 4/30, or 5/1. Please submit electronically by Wednesday, April 22 at 5:00 pm on Actors Access Prepare a 2-minute Shakespeare Monologue for the audition.

Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre Group Reimagines MACBETH

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Director Denise Devin unleashes a dark, bold and emotional re-imagining of Shakespeare’s bloody masterpiece on the ZJU stage, April 24 – May 31. It is a fresh, new, fearless vision of this relentless classic as only Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre Group can present. The shows stars Amir Khalighi as Macbeth and Melissa Kite as Lady Macbeth, and features the Fearless Macbeth cast: Jason Britt (Macduff), Arielle Davidsohn (Witch), Brian Felsen (Banquo), Hillary Freedman (Lady Macduff, Seyton, Donalbain), Jenny Gustavsson (Witch), Mark Hein (Duncan, Porter, Murderer), Chandler Hudson (Malcolm), Jonica Patella (Ross), Angela Robitaille (Witch). The creative team includes Kevin Vancott (original music commissioned for the production) and Amy Volker (technical assistance). The show is produced by Zombie Joe.

Macbeth runs Fridays at 8:30 pm and Sunday at 7:00 pm at ZJU Theatre Group, 4850 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601. Tickets are only $15. For reservations call (818) 202-4120 or go to For more information visit

Cal State Northridge Students Present MACBETH

The students at Cal State Northridge will present a unique adaptation of Macbeth, directed and edited by Christine Menzies February 13 – 22, 2015 at Nordhoff Hall Little Theatre. In Shakespeare’s bloody classic, a rehearsal for the “Scottish Play” is possessed by four witches with dire results.

The cast includes Kristopher Dowling as Macbeth and Amanda Williams as Lady Macbeth with Johnny Sauceda (King Duncan), Israel Valdivia (Malcolm), Brian Felker (Donalbain/Caithness), Ben Blonigan (Banquo), Avery Rodriguez (Macduff), Robert Stroud (Ross), Arturo Arcos (Angus), Diego Arias (Doctor), Cambria Falk (Lady Macduff), Jordan Murphy (Fleance/Gentlewoman), Nozomi Sakaguchi and Samantha Cassidy (Sons of Macduff), Alexander Olsen (Seyton/Soldier), Ryan Lisman (Lennox), and Angelina Finau, Heather Mermelstein, Jennifer Linares, and Destiny Vickers (Asst. Stage Managers/ Witches).

There will be a post-show Q&A on Wednesday 2/18 and an ASL performance on Friday Feb 20. Following its public performances, the production will continue in March with school-day matinees for local secondary schools.

Macbeth logo CSUNMACBETH
February 13-15 and 20-22, 2015
CSUN, Nordhoff Hall Little Theatre
(Parking in Darby Ave’s Lot B-1, $6)
House opens at 7:00 pm (Sundays at 1:30pm) NO LATE SEATING
Tickets: (818) 677-2488
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General admission $20; Seniors $17, Faculty & staff $16; Students $15. Early Bird and other discounts available.

Santa Monica Filmmaker Goes International with OTHELLO Adaptation

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Congratulations to City Shakespeare Company co-founder Allison Volk whose short film adaptation of Othello, which she produced with Loyola Marymount University professor and director, Mikael Kruzriegler has been accepted into the Kenneth Branagh’s Shakespeare Film Festival in Stratford-upon-Avon. Othello will premiere in England on November 6, 2014. The festival is sponsored by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, dedicated to preserving Shakespeare’s home town.

“It feels like a good omen that this news came right at this time,” says Volk. “As artists, we’re always asking ourselves if what we’re doing is hitting the mark. This is like a little gift of validation, and that always feels nice.”

Volk is currently in Niwot, Colorado filming her first feature length film, an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth which features a script co-written by her City Shakes co-artistic director Brooke Bishop that takes place on one night in the Macbeth household; the night the king is murdered.

For more information about the second annual Shakespeare Film Festival, visit

Friday Funny: Macbeth, by the Brothers McLeod

A little something to launch your weekend.

From the Brothers McLeod featuring music by Gary Yershon

Peter Richards to Direct MACBETH at Edgemar Center for the Arts

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Working Barn Productions and Bontela Productions will present a six-actor, multimedia look at Shakespeare’s classic tragedy, Macbeth, directed by Peter Richards at the Edgemar Center for the Arts, October 9 – November 2.

How does a man become a monster? Shakespeare’s tragic masterpiece takes us inside the troubled mind of a murderer, and charts Macbeth’s horrifying journey from war-hero to tyrant, from “peerless kinsman” to “fiend of Scotland.” With immersive multi-media and some of the greatest language ever written, this dynamic new production brings immediacy and intimacy to a dark, shocking, timeless classic.

The cast will be led by Thomas Piper as Macbeth, with Jenny Greer, Mark Rimer, Christine Sage, Evan Smith and Lucia Yamuy. The design team features set design by Yee Eun Nam, lighting design by Anna Cecilia Martin, sound design by Matthew Glenn, costume design by Jenny Foldenauer, projection design by Hana Kim and Yee Eun Nam, and fight direction by Mike Mahaffey.

Oct. 9 – Nov. 2, 2014 (opening night Saturday, Oct. 11)
Edgemar Center for the Arts
2437 Main Street in Santa Monica
Thurs, Fri, Sat at 8:00 pm and Sundays at 7:00 pm
Tickets: $15 (previews), $20.00 (regular performances) are available at or by calling (310) 392-7327.

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