Photo Flash: MACBETH Opens at Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Now Through 8/3
"Shakespeare's penetrating and glorious language lays bare our human frailty in a scorching vision of psychic distress borne of errant and abhorrent action," Mulcahy says. "As dark as the play can get, like any great tragedy, it offers insight into what is beautiful and fragile in life. What happens when behaviors are at odds with the soul?"
Returning to the director's chair following his triumphant production of Hamlet in 2011, Mulcahy''s Macbeth features a new staging of this mesmerizing tale of ambition and treachery. Deanna Gibson, Eleanor Handley, and Suzanne O''Donnell play three witches who deliver the prophecy that sparks the advent of a new political hierarchy. Festival regular Ian Bedford will play Macbeth, the Scottish general whose ambition and lust for power is ignited when the witches intimate that he will one day be king.
Following her powerful performance as Katherine opposite Bedford in the title role of last season''s acclaimed Henry VIII, Susan Riley Stevens returns to play Lady Macbeth-whose appetite for political domination exceeds even that of her husband''s.
Macbeth''s ambitious (but ethical) ally, Banquo, will be played by Anthony Lawton.
Festival veteran Carl N. Wallnau plays the good King of Scotland, Duncan. His son and heir, Malcolm, is played by Jacob Dresch, who played Octavius Caesar in PSF''s 2009 production of Antony and Cleopatra. The resolute Macduff, who helps lead the campaign for Macbeth''s defeat and the return of Duncan''s line to the throne, will be played by Perry Ojeda.
Scenery is designed by six-time Emmy winner Bob Philips; lighting by Thom Weaver; costumes by Lisa Zinni; and sound by Matthew Given. Mulcahy also serves as fight director. Production stage manager is Stacy Renee Norwood.
Production Sponsor is the Amaranth Foundation. Co-sponsors are David B. and Patrina L. Rothrock and The Rider-Pool Foundation. Actor sponsors are Lee and Dolly Butz. The season sponsor is Breslin Ridyard Fadero Architects. Associate Season Sponsors are Linda Lapos and Paul Wirth, The Szarko Family and the Harry C. Trexler Trust. Media sponsors are The Morning Call and Service Electric Cable TV & Communications.
Lend Me a Tenor, opening Friday, July 11, and Macbeth will play in repertory with the same cast. Some mature situations. PG 11+. To order tickets call 610.282.WILL  or online at www.pashakespeare.org.
Photo Credit: Lee A. Butz
Macbeth, played by Ian Bedford, center, tries to convince Lady Macbeth, Susan Riley Stevens, that he has seen the ghost of his former comrade in the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival production of Macbeth, running on the Main Stage through August 3. Also pictured: ensemble member Jonathan Wallace.
Anthony Lawton portrays Banquo, Macbethâ€™s comrade and rival, in the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival production of Macbeth, running on the Main Stage through August 3.
Deanna Gibson portrays one of three witches who deliver haunting prophecies to Macbeth in the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival production of Macbeth, running on the Main Stage through August 3.
Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, played by Ian Bedford, left, and Susan Riley Stevens, succumb to their lust for power in the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival production of Macbeth, running on the Main Stage through August 3.