- Communications Specialist
Theater Emory continues its exploration of Shakespeare with a technological spin on one of the master playwright's darkest and most powerful tragedies, "Macbeth." The play, directed by Clinton Wade Thornton, runs November 14-24 in the Mary Gray Munroe Theater.
In Theater Emory's production, Shakespeare's tragedy of ambition unfolds in a timeless world that combines raw Scottish history with modern technology, throwing new light on the dark psychology of Macbeth and revealing the desperate wants that drive bloody acts.
"How can a classic drama that plays with the idea of traditional 'realms' relate to a modern audience that currently exists within an ever expanding digital, virtual framework?" asks Thornton. "Are the technological forces which now control more and more of our experience edifying or corrupting? Is this how we conjure, has technology become our day-to-day witchcraft?"
With music direction by composer Bryan Mercer, a cast and crew made up of both professionals and students, and local theater performer and director Thornton at the helm, Theater Emory's "Macbeth" exemplifies a commitment to exposing students to the Atlanta arts community at-large.
"Theater Emory is focused on collaborating with members of the Atlanta arts community so that our students are exposed to fresh perspectives and approaches to making theater and to our most original practitioners," explains artistic director Janice Akers. "Clint's exciting, contemporary, and technological look at one of Shakespeare's best known plays seemed like a good match for our adventurous, innovative students."
For the production, co-set designers Sara Culpepper and student Michael Lewis (14C) have created a timelessly militaristic environment with lighting and sound design by Brent Glenn and projections from Rob Dillard providing elements of digital mysticism. Professional actors in the cast include Robin Bloodworth, Evan Cleaver, Brian Kurlander, Bryan Mercer, Tiffany Mitchenor, and Frank Roberts with choreography by Ricardo Aponte, fight choreography by John Ammerman, and costumes by Alan Yeong.
Performances of "Macbeth" are November 14-16 and 20-23 at 7 p.m. and November 17 and 24 at 2 p.m. in the Mary Gray Munroe Theater of the Dobbs University Center. Tickets are $20 general admission, $16 discount category members, $6 Emory students and are available at the Arts at Emory box office at 404-727-5050 or www.arts.emory.edu. For more information visit www.theater.emory.edu.
Theater Emory is the resident professional company at Emory University where undergraduates work alongside professional theater artists, producing innovative new work and classics with a fresh approach.