Department of Theater and Dance Presents Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’ November 16-18

Play Performed Thursday through Saturday, 7:30 p.m., in Goodwin Theater at Trinity’s Austin Arts Center

​Hartford, Connecticut, November 16, 2017 – The Trinity College Department of Theater and Dance will present William Shakespeare’s Macbeth at Austin Arts Center’s Goodwin Theater, Thursday through Saturday, November 16-18, 2017.

Stage direction is by Trinity guest director Nina Pinchin, associate director of education at Hartford Stage. In addition to teaching classes at Hartford Stage, for the last nine summers Pinchin has directed Breakdancing Shakespeare, a program for area teenagers that combines Shakespearean language with hip-hop, rap, and breakdancing. Original music is by Kevin Scott who has also composed for Breakdancing Shakespeare. Scott has produced other local, original works at Sea Tea Comedy Theater, Eastern Connecticut State University, and Watkinson School.

As a successful soldier in the Scottish army, Macbeth receives a prophecy from three witches proclaiming that one day he will be king. “This particular production highlights the famous three—or in this case eleven—witches as storytellers bringing an earthy, feminine energy and an ensemble focus to the piece,” Pinchin explains. Knowledge of this prophecy generates a fervent ambition in Macbeth and leads to rash, deadly actions.

Macbeth is a tremendously timely piece for all, considering it was written more than 400 years ago,” says Pinchin. “It outlines the recipe for the rise of a tyrant including therein the roles of prophesy, ambition, ego, paranoia, erosion of trust, and the trickle-down effect of unchecked rage and violence.”

The cast members are: Jaymie Bianca ’21, Ansel Burn ’20, James Calabresi ’20, Lehlabile Davhana ’19, Cooper Jennings ’19, Divina Lama ’21, Silvia Nuñez ’21, Callum O’Connell ’21, Claire Pritchard ’20, Aysha Salam ’18, and William Tjeltveit ’20.

Macbeth will be performed on November 16, 17, and 18 at 7:30 p.m.  The show runs approximately 90 minutes. Admission is free, though tickets are required. For tickets and more information, please call the Austin Arts Center Box Office at (860) 297-2199.

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