According to Court Theatre, "Late at night in the guts of an abandoned theatre, a company of actors gathers to rehearse Shakespeare's Macbeth. They soon realize that they are not alone. As they are drawn deeper into the Bard's most magnetic play, the ghosts that have haunted the story since its inception hover and encroach. History, ambition, fortune, fate, free will, hubris, pride, indecision, and madness permeate SITI Company's production of Shakespeare's haunting classic."
Opening is Nov. 8. The cast features Akiko Aizawa, Will Bond, Gian-Murray Gianino, Ellen Lauren, Barney O'Hanlon, Makela Spielman and Stephen Webber.
The designers are James Schuette (scenic and costume design), M.L. Dogg (sound design) and Brian H. Scott (lighting design). Elizabeth Moreau is the company stage manager, and J. Ed Araiza is the dramaturg.
Court Theatre artistic director Charles Newell said in a statement, "We are thrilled to welcome SITI Company back to Hyde Park. Their innovative and accessible version of Macbeth is going to appeal to those familiar with the play and those seeing it for the first time. Staging Macbeth as a radio play will make sound an integral part of the story. Combine the unique use of sound with Court's intimate venue and you have a powerful evening of theatre."
SITI Company "is an ensemble based theatre company whose mission is to create bold, new productions which tour both nationally and internationally, and to train theatre professionals and students in an approach to acting and collaboration that forges unique and highly disciplined theatre artists." Founded in 1992 by Anne Bogart and Tadashi Suzuki, SITI Company began as an agreement "to redefine and revitalize contemporary theatre in the United States through an emphasis on international cultural exchange and collaboration." Originally envisioned as a summer institute in Saratoga Springs, NY, SITI expanded to encompass a year-round company based in New York City with a summer season in Saratoga.
Radio Macbeth marks SITI Company's second touring production performed at Court Theatre; its production of Hotel Cassiopeia also made its Midwest premiere at Court in November 2006.
Since its workshop performance at The Public Theater in New York, Radio Macbeth has played The Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, OH; the International Festival of Arts & Ideas in New Haven, CT; Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY; The Dublin Theatre Festival; and Suny Purchase Performing Arts Center in Purchase, NY.
Curtain times are Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7:30 PM; Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM with Saturday matinees at 3 PM; Sundays at 2:30 PM and 7:30 PM.
Court Theatre is located at 5535 S. Ellis Avenue in Chicago.
For more information call (773) 753-4472 or visit www.CourtTheatre.org.
Court Theatre is the professional theatre in residence at the University of Chicago in Chicago's Hyde Park neighborhood.
Court Theatre is in its 54th season and is under the leadership of artistic director Charles Newell and executive director Dawn J. Helsing.