Casting Set for Macbeth and As You Like It at MN's Great River Shakes Fest

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Casting has been announced for the 2007 summer season of The Great River Shakespeare Festival, where professional Equity actors bring the bard alive in a college town on the banks upper Mississippi River.

Winona, Minnesota is the home of GRSF, now in its fourth season. Macbeth and As You Like It are currently in rehearsal for a repertory run June 27-July 29 in the Performing Arts Center Theatre at Winona State University.

GRSF founding producing director Paul Barnes directs As You Like It, and founding company member Doug Scholz-Carlson directs Macbeth.

The 2007 season acting company includes founding company members Kim Martin-Cotten (New York City) and Christopher Gerson (Los Angeles) as Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, respectively; three-season veteran Carla Noack (Lanesboro, MN) and first-year acting company member Andrew Carlson (Chicago), as Rosalind and Orlando in As You Like It; Milwaukee resident and founding company member Jonathan Gillard Daly as Jacques in As You Like It and The Porter/Seyton in Macbeth. Also returning to the acting company are Kern McFadden (Louisville) as Banquo in Macbeth and Touchstone in As You Like It; Jacques Roy (New York City) as Adam/Sir Oliver Martext in As You Like It and Ross in Macbeth; Brian Frederick (Chicago) as Malcolm in Macbeth and LeBeau/Jacques du Boys As You Like It; Laura Coover (Chicago) as Third Witch in Macbeth and Phebe in As You Like It.

Incoming actors include Chris Mixon (New York City) as MacDuff in Macbeth and Charles the Wrestler/Corin in As You Like It); Tarah Flanagan (Los Angeles) as First Witch in Macbeth and Celia in As You Like It; Art Moss (Sioux City, IA) as Duncan/Siward in Macbeth and Duke Senior in As You Like It; David Graham Jones (New York City) as Lennox in Macbeth and Oliver in As You Like It; Doug Scholz Carlson (Minneapolis) as Amiens in As You Like It; Zach Fine (Chicago) as Bloody Captain/Murderer in Macbeth and Dennis/Silvius in As You Like It.

Seven young actors from Winona and the surrounding area join the company to play the MacDuff children, Fleance, Donalbain, and Young Siward in Macbeth. Season designers include Scott Neale (sets); Darren McCroom (lights), Rosemary Ingham (costumes for As You Like It), Meg Weedon (costumes for Macbeth) and Daniel Kallman (composer).

For tickets or information, call (507) 474-7900 or visit www.grsf.org.

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The Great River Shakespeare Festival debuted in 2004 as one of the largest Equity companies to open in a decade in the Midwest and has grown steadily in its brief history. Attendance increased by 23 percent from season one to season two, and by 15 percent from season two to season three.

Winona is located in the heart of Southeastern Minnesota's "bluff country," about 25 minutes from LaCrosse, WI, two hours from Minneapolis/St. Paul, four hours from Des Moines, IA and Milwaukee and five hours from Chicago.

In addition to the two productions, the Festival will also offer its weekend Prelude Concerts on the Green, its Front Porch Speakers series with visiting scholars, authors, and arts educators, its Intern/Acting Apprentice Company project (this year, Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, directed by Rick Barbour, formerly of the Denver Center Theatre Company), "and an array of educational programs ranging from play readings, to workshops for teachers, to Elderhostel classes and its Thursday evening Company Conversations and Saturday Festival Mornings, which provide playgoers an opportunity to engage in discussions with artists and craftspeople from all areas of the GRSF company."

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