Macbeth, Starring Ty Jones, Melissa Friedman and Richard Easton, Begins Off-Broadway April 20

News   Macbeth, Starring Ty Jones, Melissa Friedman and Richard Easton, Begins Off-Broadway April 20 Epic Theatre Ensemble presents William Shakespeare's Macbeth as part of Shakespeare for a New Generation, a national program of the National Endowment for the Arts in cooperation with Arts Midwest. Performances begin April 20 at Off-Broadway's 47th Street Theatre.

Richard Easton
Richard Easton Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN

Directed by Epic co-founder and executive director Ron Russell, the limited engagement continues through May 26. Opening night is set for April 29.

Macbeth stars Obie winner Ty Jones (Enron, The Blacks) in the title role, Melissa Friedman as Lady Macbeth and Tony Award winner Richard Easton (The Invention of Love) as Duncan with Devin E. Haqq, Rhett Henckel, Aimé Donna Kelly, Scott Kerns, Lori E. Parquet, Julian Rozzell, Jr., Godfrey L. Simmons, Jr. and James Wallert.

Every performance of Macbeth will be followed by a post-show forum led by scholars, authors and thinkers connected to the content of the show as well as members of the cast. Participants include St. John’s University professor Susan Nakely (April 21); Society for Ethical Culture leader Anne Klaeysen (April 24); and Barbara Andolsen, Buckman Chair of Applied Christian Ethics at Fordham University (April 25), among others. Discussions will be moderated by Russell and associate artistic director Wallert.

Other members of the creative team include set designer Mikiko Suzuki MacAdams, costume designer Alixandra Gage Englund, lighting designer Cat Tate Starmer and sound designer Ron Russell.

Founded in 2001, Epic Theatre Ensemble is a company of artists and activists dedicated to creating "socially-minded Off-Broadway productions" and connecting these theatrical events to NYC public schools through in-school and after-school residencies. Epic aims to "inspire vital dialogue about social, ethical and political issues and to build thoughtful citizenship in local communities." The 47th Street Theatre is located at 304 W. 47th Street. For more information and tickets, call (212) 279-4200 or visit www.ticketcentral.com or www.epictheatreensemble.org/Macbeth.

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