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 Techno 'Macbeth' arises on SRU's Miller Auditorium stage 



February 19, 2008
Contact: K.E. Schwab


Techno 'Macbeth' arises on SRU's Miller Auditorium stage


SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Shakespeare's timeless and masterful "Macbeth" will be brought to life in techno timelessness on Slippery Rock University's Miller Auditorium stage for five performances beginning Feb. 27.

            The production, directed by Laura Smiley, assistant professor of theatre, is the third show in the SRU theatre department's 2007-08 performance season.

            "We picked this play because we had not done a Shakespeare tragedy in some time. It was something I really wanted to direct, and something Gordon Phetteplace, our scenic and lighting designer, had some great ideas for," Smiley said. "Conceptually, I wanted to make it different, with added emphasis on the witches, who are ever-present in representing the 'fates' who lead Macbeth to his destiny."

            "We have set the play in a techno timeless world and will use techno music, lots of silver buckets, leather and wild wigs for the 'weird sisters.' There is also a touch of Japanese Kabuki. It is something I think will appeal to the student community," she said.

            The much-talked about play, tells of the rise of Scottish Thane Macbeth to become Thane of Cawdor and then King. The intriguing tale involves behind-the-scenes planning and plotting, ambition, misdirection, confusion and cold-hearted characters in one of The Bard's most famous morality plays.

            SRU theatre, elementary education and English literature majors make up the extensive cast. Matt McNear from Beaver is Macbeth; Deanna Brookens from Slippery Rock is Lady Macbeth; Andrea Carlin from Montrose, Jackie Freeman from Geneva, Ohio, and Brennen Cooper from Warren, are the witches; Nicholas Ciesielski from Bridgeville is Ross; Dan Cumming from Pittsburgh is Duncan; Adam Harry from Chagrin Falls, Ohio, is Malcolm; Alex Hollock from Butler is Donalbain; Andrew Lewis from Pittsburgh is Angus; Collin McHenry from Warren is Macduff; Jacob Dean McKinney from Grove City is the Porter; Zach Nading from East Brady is Menteith; Morgan Pritchard from Grove City is Hecate; Bethany Vahabzadeh from Pittsburgh is Lennox; Lisbeth Wells-Pratt from Slippery Rock is Gentlewoman to Lady Macbeth; and Dennis Whalen from Connoquenessing is Banquo.

            Rebecca Morrice, assistant professor of theatre, is costume designer, and John Pivetz is technical director.

            Theatre students are serving in numerous support roles. Casey Hughes from Roseland, N.J., is properties master; Kelly McBane from Pittsburgh, hair/makeup designer; Christine Carmichael from Erie, sound designer; and Joel Magill from New Castle, stage manager. Andrew G. Allison of Georgetown and Krista Vogler of Hudson, N.H., are assistant stage managers.

            The production is at 8 p.m. Feb. 27-March 1, with a 2 p.m. matinee March 2. Tickets are $10 for the general public; $5 for students with SRU ID. Tickets will be available beginning Feb. 7 at the Miller Auditorium Box Office. Box office hours are 10-11 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday; and 12:30-1:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. Reservations may also be made by calling 724.738.2645.

            Reservations for a special "Macbeth Dinner and Performance" are being accepted for the Feb. 29 performance. A 5:15 p.m. dinner buffet in the University Club of North Hall will be followed by a 6:30 p.m. discussion of the play with the director and a backstage tour. Guests will then attend the 8 p.m. show. Tickets are $40 and may be reserved by calling 724.738.4499 by Feb. 22. 


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