The third production of City Lit Theater's thirtieth anniversary 2009-2010 season, William Shakespeare's Macbeth, will begin previews at City Lit Theater on Friday, January 15, 2010 and open for the press on Tuesday, January 19. The production, featuring City Lit Associate Artistic Director Cameron Feagin as Lady Macbeth and directed by Susan Hart, runs through Sunday, February 21, 2010.
Macbeth is Shakespeare's most terrifying tragedy. A century ago the critic A. C. Bradley compared the play to "a black night broken by flashes of light and color. And, above all, the color is the color of blood." The world of Macbeth contains witches and a ghost, but the power of its terror lies in the human capacity for murder, ruthless ambition and heartless betrayal. "By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes," says one of the witches; what she sees approaching is a man.
Susan Hart has appeared as an actor in more than fifteen Chicago Shakespeare Theatre productions, including as Doll Tearsheet in Henry IV Parts 1 and 2 (at CST and on tour to the Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford-upon-Avon), Lady Capulet in Romeo and Juliet and Paulina in The Winter's Tale. She teaches folio technique for the Classical Training Project at CST, and for the conservatory at Act One Studios. She directed Falstaff's Dream (an adaptation of Henry IV Parts 1 and 2) for Summer Shakespeare at Notre Dame, where she was also the text coach for The Comedy of Errors. She is an adjunct faculty member at Loyola University.
Cameron Feagin was nominated for a 2009 Non-Equity Jeff Award for her portrayal of Amanda in City Lit's production of Noel Coward's Private Lives. Last season at City Lit, she also appeared in Harold Pinter's Old Times and Mary Roberts Rinehart's The Confession, the latter of which she also adapted for the stage.
The full cast for Macbeth is James Elly, Cameron Feagin, Steve Hadnagy, Greg Hardin, Zack Keller, Jack Lewis, Drew Longo, Marco Minichiello, Michael Pacas, Sarah Pretz, Michael Sherwin, David Skvarla, Heather Townsend and Shawna Tucker.
The design team is Matthew Cummings (properties), Rebecca Hamlin (set), Andrew Hansen (sound and original music), Branimira Ivanova (costumes) and Sean Mallery (lighting).
Macbeth performs Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 pm, and Sundays at 3:00 pm, through February 21. There are also two Thursday performances, February 11 and 18 at 8:00 pm. Press opening is Tuesday, January 19 at 7:00 PM. Ticket prices are $18 for previews and $25 after opening. Discounts are available for seniors, students and groups of ten or more. Tickets can be reserved by going to www.citylit.org or by calling (773) 293-3682.
City Lit Theater is located in the historic Edgewater Presbyterian Church building at 1020 West Bryn Mawr Avenue, one block west of Sheridan Road and a block and a half east of the Bryn Mawr Red Line L stop. The 84 Peterson bus, the 147 Lake Shore Express bus, and the 151 Sheridan bus all stop near City Lit. Valet parking and discounted self-parking are available for theatre customers.
City Lit's Macbeth is the third of five productions comprising its Thirtieth Anniversary Season. City Lit specializes in literate theatre, including stage adaptations of literary material. It receives funding from the Alphawood Foundation; the Arts Work Fund for Organizational Development; the Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation; the City of Chicago Office of Cultural Affairs CityArts program; the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation; the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation; the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency; and a passel of individual donors. Its outreach program is funded in part by A.R.T. League.
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1020 W. Bryn Mawr Ave.
Chicago, IL 60660
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