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Macbeth

Shakespeare’s spell-binding, supernatural tale of the lust for power and its bloody repercussions Theatre VCU’s Macbeth opens Sept. 25, 2014 as Theatre VCU’s first show of the 2014/15 season.

General Macbeth’s ambition to be King of Scotland leads him into a nightmarish world of evil, deceit, and murder. Shakespeare’s darkest tragedy, Macbeth, is a bloody thriller as Lord and Lady Macbeth get everything they ever wished for… but nothing they ever expected. A classic tale of power and madness Macbeth keeps you riveted to your seat until its brutal ending.

Director Barry Bell, who directed the past Theatre VCU’s productions of Sweeny Todd; The Play and Dracula,says this about his production of Macbeth: “With this production of Shakespeare’s Macbeth we wanted to make the play a little more accessible to today’s generation of theatre goers and today’s younger generation.  Streamlining the script and emphasizing the thematic content was our goal to give the play more accessibility and to leave the audience a little more freedom in their interpretation and imagination.”

You could call the production a “modern adaptation”. Still retaining the violence, the blood and the supernatural aspects of Shakespeare’s script.  Macbeth is a roller coaster ride of ambition, betrayal, and bloody murder.

 

Dates: Sept. 25 -27 & Oct. 2 – 4 at 7:30 pm • Sept. 28 & Oct. 5at 3:00 pm • High School Matinees Tues, Sept 30 & Wed, Oct 1Tickets: General Admission- $25.00 • Seniors, VCU Faculty & Staff- $20.00

VCU Students with Valid ID- $10.00 • Other Students with Valid ID- $15.00

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NOW PLAYING

Man of La Mancha

Book by Dale Wasserman • Lyrics by Joe Darion • Music by Mitch Leigh

Directed by Patti D’Beck

Winner of five Tony Awards, The Man of La Mancha is based on Miguel de Cervantes’ 17th century epic masterpiece of Don Quixote who sees good and innocence in a world filled with darkness and despair. Featuring such memorable songs as “The Impossible Dream”, “Dulcinea” and “I, Don Quixote” this extraordinary musical adventure is the comic/tragedy tale of the triumph of a man over his own follies.

Nov. 20-22 at 7:30 pm • Nov.  23 at 3:00 pm 

TICKETS – vcutheatre.showclix.com

Theatre VCU Box Office: 804-828-6026 or theatretix@vcu.edu

Coming in FEBRUARY 2015

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Written by Jon Jory • Based on a novel by Jane Austen

Directed by Dorothy Holland

The wit and romance of Jane Austen’s 19th century classic tale of the high-spirited, and clever Elizabeth Bennet and her sisters navigating English society in search of “someone who loves you for who you really are” comes to life on stage. Pride and Prejudice’s razor sharp observations still resonate just as honestly today as they did 200 years ago. Beautiful and romantic, Pride and Prejudice will win your heart.

Dorothy Holland is associate professor of theatre and associate professor of women, gender, and sexuality studies. Dr. Holland is also chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance, where she teaches a range of courses: Production Studies, Theatre History, 20th-century Acting Styles and Theories, Physical Theatre, Staging Gender, Musical Theatre, and the First Year Seminar.  Her research explores the intersections of performance theory, feminist theory, and contemporary theatre practice.

Holland has been a professional actor and director for over 30 years; she has performed leading roles on Broadway, Off-Broadway, in national tours, and in regional theatres throughout the country.  Since she came to the University of Richmond in 1999, Holland has directed a variety of main-stage productions: All My Sons (Arthur Miller), How I Learned to Drive (Paula Vogel), Mother Courage and Her Children (Brecht),Company (Sondheim), Gypsy (starring Lorna Luft), The Furies (Aeschylus), Amadeus (Peter Shaffer),Small Tragedy (Craig Lucas), Fiddler on the RoofThe Skin of Our Teeth (Thornton Wilder), The Madwoman of Chaillot (Giraudoux), and Rent (Jonathan Larson). She has also performed leading roles in several local productions: Prospero in The Tempest,  Emily Stilson in Arthur Kopit’s Wings, Evelyn in Tales of the Lost Formicans, and the Catwoman in By the Bog of Cats  -- all directed by Walter Schoen.  She was also the Old Woman in Ionesco’s The Chairs, directed by Paolo Emilio Landi, appeared in The Laramie Project for Barksdale Theatre, was Vada Love Powell in The Exact Center of the Universe and Susan Strasberg in the premier of Alex Finlayson’s Misfits, also for Barksdale Theatre.

Feb. 12-14 & 19-21 at 7:30 pm  Feb. 15 & 22 at 3:00 pm  •  High School Matinees – Feb. 17 & 18 at 10 am

APRIL 2015

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Written by David Emerson Toney • Inspired by the novel by Mary Shelley  

Directed by David S. Leong & David Emerson Toney

This interpretation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein fuses events from Shelley’s life with scenes inspired by her novel.  Betrayal and anger set Shelley and The Monster on a violent path through 19th century London as their worlds collide and shatter into violence.  Humorous and tragic, Frankenstein: Dawn of a Monster chronicles Mary Shelley’s triumph over self-destruction.

April 10 -11, 16 -18 & 23 – 25 at 7:30 pm • April 12, 19 & 26 at 3:00 pm  •  High School Matinees – April 14 & 15 at 10 am