Macbeth, Starring Matthew Rauch, Begins Performances at Hartford Stage Sept. 14
By Carey Purcell
Hartford Stage opens its 50th anniversary season Sept. 14 with Macbeth, starring Matthew Rauch.
Shakespeare's tale is presented in rep with Marivaux's La Dispute, which began performances Sept. 12. Both productions run through Nov. 10.
Both shows are directed by artistic director Darko Tresnjak as part of the "Classical Repertory for a New Generation" initiative to produce two classic plays in repertory each season. Tresnjak and Elizabeth Williamson have written a new adaptation for La Dispute, from a translation by Williamson.
Rauch's stage credits include The Merchant of Venice, Prelude to a Kiss, Kin, Still Life and The Winter's Tale. His film and TV work includes "Banshee," "Blue Bloods," "Treme" and "Frankenfish."
The casts feature Kate Forbes as Lady Macbeth in Macbeth and Carise in La Dispute and Kate MacCluggage as Lady Macduff in Macbeth and Hermianne in La Dispute. The company also includes Philippe Bowgen, Kaliswa Brewster, Robert Eli, Grant Goodman, Mahira Kakkar, David Manis, Jeffrey Omura and Noble Shropshire.
The creative team for both shows includes Suttirat Larlab and Joshua Pearson (costumes), Jedediah Ike (set design), Matthew Richards (lighting design) and Jane Shaw (sound design). Tresnjak also created the set design for Macbeth.
Macbeth has been a popular production recently: Alan Cumming recently starred in an adaptation of The Scottish Play, and the Lincoln Center Theater production, starring Ethan Hawke, begins previews Oct. 24. As previously reported, a production co-directed by and starring Kenneth Branagh as part of the United Kingdom's Manchester International Festival will play the Park Avenue Armory June 2014.
Tickets and more information are available by calling (860) 527-5151 or visiting hartfordstage.org.
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