Sept. 26, 2001
CONTACT: Kelly Cullinan, 312-3097
'MACBETH' EXAMINES POLITICAL CONFLICT
OSWEGO -- A centuries-old tale of good versus evil will come to life as the SUNY Oswego theatre department opens its season with William Shakespeare's "Macbeth" Oct. 12, 13, 19, 20 and 21 in Waterman Theatre of Tyler Hall.
Twentieth-century events have seen the tale of "Macbeth" lived out over and over again, said Mark Cole, who chairs the college's theatre department and directs the production. The 21st century has already experienced the "instruments of darkness" that inhabit the play, he added.
"While Shakespeare based the storyline in events that occurred in 11th-century Scotland, the themes and lessons of 'Macbeth' disturbingly resonate in our modern-day world," Cole observed. "Our production will bridge the ancient and the modern with its visual style and approach."
As in many of Shakespeare's major tragedies, the state is ripped apart through a criminal act. In this case, it is the killing of King Duncan by Macbeth.
"As we witness Macbeth's rise to power, virtue, goodness, honor, friendship and trust are subverted and replaced by brutality, paranoia and lawlessness," Cole said.
He said that in this play Shakespeare poses the question: How can the state, the community and the family survive in the face of power run wild?
The fight choreographer for the production is Ricki Ravitts, a New York City-based fight director and certified teacher. Ravitts, a member of the Society of American Fight Directors, has led workshops at Pace University, Yale University, Oberlin College, Vassar College, New York University and the Roundabout Theatre.
She has choreographed stage fights for "Hamlet" (National Shakespeare Company tour) and "Romeo and Juliet" (Hartford Players Theatre) and has participated in "Swords of Shakespeare" at the Globe Theatre in London.
"We are thrilled to have Ricki, who brings a wealth of stage experience and training to the project," Cole said. "And, of course, safety is always the first priority. Ricki has spent two intensive weekend training periods with the cast to choreograph the fights, which use hand to hand, broadsword, knives and daggers."
A preview performance of "Macbeth" will be held Thursday, Oct. 11, at 8 p.m. All seats for the preview will cost $5.
All performances will be at 8 p.m. except the Sunday, Oct. 21, matinee at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $9 for adults, $8 for seniors and students and $7 for SUNY Oswego students. Tickets can be purchased by calling 312-2141 or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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