Macbeth Returns to Harlem After German Tour

News   Macbeth Returns to Harlem After German Tour Birnam Wood returns to Harlem this summer after a brief vacation in the Black Forest, as the Classical Theater of Harlem's production of Macbeth comes home following a stay at two international arts festivals, The Bonn Biennial and Globe Neuss.

Shows began at the CTH Courtyard Theater, 645 St. Nicholas Avenue, July 16 and will continue through Aug. 8. Dates of the Teutonic visit were June 14-21. As was the case in the summer of 2003 premiere, the Harlem encore is directed by Alfred Preisser with star Ty Jones in the title role. Jones won an Obie Award last year for his work in the Classical Theater of Harlem's The Blacks.

At the Bonn festival, the company presented the work in the ruins of a 13th century monastery in the Seven Hills district just outside of Bonn on the other side of the Rhine. The monastery was blown up by Napoleon in the 19th century.

The young company has tackled Shakespeare before; in fact, it has done Macbeth. The "Scottish Play" was CTH's inaugural production in 1999. Also in the cast will be Off-Broadway veteran Arthur French. The troupe, known for its speedy way with a classic, will bring Macbeth in at about 90 minutes.