The Acting Company in association with The Guthrie Theater presents William Shakespeare’s “Macbeth,” directed by Devin Brain, Friday, March 20, 8 p.m.; and “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court,” adapted by acclaimed playwright Jeffrey Hatcher from the novel by Mark Twain, directed by Ian Belknap, Saturday, March 21 at 8 p.m. Both performances take place at the McAninch Arts Center, 425 Fawell Blvd., on the campus of College of DuPage. There will be a free post-show MAC Chat led by Brain and members of the cast immediately following both performances.
“Our newly commissioned adaptation of Mark Twain’s‘A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court’by Jeffrey Hatcher (writer of the screenplay for the movie “Tuesdays with Morrie” and the TV series “Columbo”) had its world premiere Feb. 18 at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis prior to our 42nd national tour,” announced The Acting Company’s producer and co-founder, Margot Harley. “‘Connecticut Yankee’will tour to 14 states running in repertory with a new production of William Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’ (debuting at the Guthrie in Feb. 24), stopping in New York for two weeks at Off-Broadway’s Pearl Theater April 1-12. This is our seventh tour in association with the Guthrie.” The MAC engagement of The Acting Company will be the only Chicago area stop on this tour.
Under the direction of Devin Brain (known by Chicagoans as a company member of the theater company The Hypocrites), The Acting Company’s 90-minute sleek and accessible production of “Macbeth” is perfect for both Shakespeare novices and experts alike. Noted Brain, “In ‘Macbeth,’ one of his darkest and most powerful tragedies, Shakespeare dramatizes the psychological
and political impact of when evil is chosen to satisfy the ambition for power.”
The 10 person cast for “Macbeth” includes the following: Ian Gould (Duncan/Porter), Angela Janas* (Lady Macbeth), Torsten Johnson* (Malcolm), Suzy Kohane* (Weird Sister), Gabriel Lawrence (Macbeth), Adam Mondschein (Macduff), Andy Nogasky (Banquo/Siward), Grant Fletcher Prewitt (Rosse/Murderer), Joshua David Robinson (Lennox/Murderer) and Susanna Stahlmann* (Fleance/Lady Macduff).
The creative team for “Macbeth” includes Neil Patel (Set Design), Valérie Thérèse Bart (Costume Design), Michael Chybowski (Lighting Design), Nathan Roberts and Charles Coes (Composer/Sound Design) Felix Ivanov (Fight Director), Elizabeth Smith (Voice and Speech Consultant) and Frank Oliva (Property Design).
“This tour is a great pairing of comedy and tragedy – the world’s greatest playwright coupled with America’s most beloved humorist,” observed Ian Belknap, The Acting Company’s Artistic Director and director of “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court.” Legendary American humorist Mark Twain’s 1889 novel of the same name is often credited as the foundation for the literary genres of science fiction and time travel. After a blow to the head, Hank Morgan of Hartford
Conn. awakens to find himself transported back to the time of legendary King Arthur. Hank astonishes the denizens of the Middle Ages with modern medicine and technology. But soon it becomes unclear if these tricks from the future will help or hinder King Arthur’s course.
The cast of “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court” includes Angela Janas* (Jill/Guinevere), Torsten Johnson* (Chet/Lancelot), Suzy Kohane* (Lanie/Sandy), Adam Mondschein (Duff/Arthur) Ian Gould (Mr. Olzeski/Merlin), Gabriel Lawrence (Randy/Sir Kay), Andy Nogasky (Hank), Grant Fletcher Prewitt (Charlie/Clarence) and Joshua David Robinson (Doober/Mordred) and Susanna Stahlmann* (Carolyn/Morgan Le Fay).
The creative team includes Neil Patel (Set Design), Candice Donnelly (Costume Design), Michael Chybowski (Lighting Design), Fitz Patton (Sound Design), Felix Ivanov (Fight Director) and Frank Oliva (Property Design).
On tour, the company is joined by Mark Bly (Dramaturg), Jereme Kyle Lewis (Stage Manager), Sophie Quist (Assistant Stage Manager), Joseph Mitchell Parks (Company Manager) and Devin Brain (Staff Repertory Director).
The Acting Company, based in New York City, was founded in 1972 by Margot Harley and legendary producer and actor John Houseman with Kevin Kline, Patti LuPone and others in the first graduating class of Juilliard’s Drama Division. The New York Times says, “The Acting Company endures as the major touring classical theater in the United,” and the Anchorage Daily News raves “Superlatives such as ‘brilliant’ do not do this fine troupe justice.” To date it has performed 131 plays to audiences in 48 states and 10 foreign countries. In addition to Kline and LuPone, its alumni include Frances Conroy, Jeffrey Wright, Harriet Harris, Jesse L. Martin, David Ogden Stiers, Richard Ooms, Richard Iglewski, Keith David and Rainn Wilson. The Acting Company was honored in 2003 with a Tony Award for Excellence in Theater. Its artistic director is Ian Belknap.
The Guthrie Theater, based in Minneapolis, Minn., is one of America’s leading regional theaters and widely recognized as an American center for theater performance, production and professional training. Headed by Joe Dowling, Director, the Guthrie has built one of the finest multistage theater centers of our time including a classic thrust for grand scale classics, a proscenium for more intimate productions and a studio for developing new works. In 1982, the Guthrie received a Tony Award acknowledging its outstanding contribution to the American Theater.
* Denotes 2012 University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater B.F.A. Actor Training Program graduates.
The Acting Company in association with The Guthrie Theater presents “Macbeth,” Friday, March 20,
8 p.m.; and “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court,” Saturday, March 21 at 8 p.m. Both performances take place at the McAninch Arts Center, 425 Fawell Blvd., on the campus of College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Ill. Tickets are $39-$49. There will be a free post-show MAC Chat led by Brain, and members of the cast immediately following both performances. For tickets or more information, call 630.942.4000 or visit AtTheMAC.org.
About the MAC
McAninch Arts Center (MAC) at College of DuPage is located 25 miles west of Chicago near I-88 and I-355, and houses three performance spaces (the 780-seat proscenium Belushi Performance Hall; the 186-seat soft-thrust Playhouse Theatre; and the versatile black box Studio Theatre), plus the Cleve Carney Art Gallery, classrooms for the college’s academic programming and the Lakeside Pavilion. The MAC has presented theater, music, dance and visual art to more than 1.5 million people since its opening in 1986 and typically welcomes more than 75,000 patrons from the greater Chicago area to more than 230 performances each season.
The mission of the MACis to foster enlightened educational and performance opportunities, which encourage artistic expression, establish a lasting relationship between people and art, and enrich the cultural vitality of the community. For more information about the MAC, visit AtTheMAC.org. You can also learn more about the MAC on Facebook at facebook.com/AtTheMAC or on twitter at twitter.com/AtTheMAC.
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McAninch Arts Center (MAC) is supported in part by the College of DuPage Foundation. Established as a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit charitable organization in 1967, the College of DuPage Foundation raises monetary and in-kind gifts to increase access to education and to enhance cultural opportunities for the surrounding community. For more information about the College of DuPage Foundation, visit cod.edu/foundation or call 630.942.2462.
Programs at the MAC are partially supported through funding from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.
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