Photo Flash: First Look at Jonathan Cake and Marsha Stephanie Blake in MACBETH at The Old Globe
The Old Globe presents the first offering in the 2016 Summer Shakespeare Festival: William Shakespeare's thrilling classic Macbeth, directed by Brian Kulick, Artistic Director of Classic Stage Company and a leading Shakespearean expert. The so-called "Scottish Play" runs now through July 24, 2016, in the Lowell Davies Festival Theatre. Opening night is tomorrow, June 25 at 8:00 p.m. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below!
Tempted by an evil prophecy and encouraged by his wife ever deeper into his own dark ambition, Macbeth murders his way to the throne of Scotland. Shakespeare's chilling tragedy is filled with ferocious battles, supernatural horrors, famously gorgeous poetry, and some of the Bard's most vivid characters. A stellar cast, under the direction of renowned Shakespearean Brian Kulick, will electrify the San Diego night with a stunning rendition of one of Shakespeare's masterpieces.
Macbeth features Jonathan Cake (Cymbeline, Medea, and The Philanthropist on Broadway) in the title role and Marsha Stephanie Blake ("Orange is the New Black," Broadway's The Merchant of Venice and Joe Turner's Come and Gone) as his Lady Macbeth. The cast also includes Jerome Preston Bates (Seven Guitars and Stick Fly on Broadway) as Duncan; Clifton Duncan (The Scottsboro Boys at the Globe) as Macduff; Brian Keane (Timon of Athens at The Public Theater) as Ross and 3rd Murderer; John Lavelle (The Royale at the Globe and Off Broadway) as Porter and 1st Murderer; James Joseph O'Neil (Broadway's Present Laughter, a dozen shows at the Globe) as Lennox, 2nd Murderer, and Seyton; Mark Pinter (Othello and the Two Gentlemen of Verona at the Globe, 2014) as Old Man and Siward; and Timothy D. Stickney (five-year company member with Stratford Shakespeare Festival) as Banquo.
Joining them are actors from The Old Globe and University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Theatre Program, playing a variety of roles and comprising the Ensemble, including Amara James Aja as Bloody Captain and Menteith; Amy Blackman as 2nd Witch; Ally Carey as Lady Macduff; Ajinkya Desai as Fleance; Talley Beth Gale as Gentlewoman; Kevin Hafso-Koppman as Donalbain; Lorenzo Landini as Young Siward; Jake Millgard as Angus; Makha Mthembu as 1st Witch; Christina A. Okolo as Ensemble; Suzelle Palacios as 3rd Witch; Daniel Petzold as Malcolm; and Nathan Whitmer as Doctor.
The creative team is comprised of Arnulfo Maldonado (Scenic Design), Oana Botez (Costume Design), Jason Lyons (Lighting Design), Sten Severson and David Thomas (Sound Design), George Yé (Fight Director), David Huber (Vocal Coach), Jim Carnahan, CSA (Casting), and Annette Elena Nixon (Production Stage Manager).
For tickets and more information, visit www.TheOldGlobe.org.
Photo Credit: Jim Cox
Jonathan Cake as Macbeth
Marsha Stephanie Blake as Lady Macbeth
(foreground from left) Timothy D. Stickney as Banquo and Jonathan Cake as Macbeth with the cast of William Shakespeare's Macbeth, directed by Brian Kulick, running June 19 - July 24, 2016 at The Old Globe. Photo by Jim Cox.