MACBETH

Genre: Classical, Drama
story and text by William Shakespeare; directed by Michael Hagins

Presented in a modern-day vision, the characters of the play are depicted as members of the Scotland Mob, a fictional 21st century crime family similar to known criminal organizations of our time. The thanes and knights are still vicious, merciless killers, but use baseball bats and guns instead of swords and crossbows, and dress in two-piece suits instead of metal armor.

Although this text was originally set in a war torn pre-Renaissance Scotland, there are many comparisons between the political in-fighting, betrayal, and ambition to get ahead by any means necessary of then and now. This vision is not meant to detract from the story or the language, but rather bring to life this classic text into our reality with cultural icons.


Cast: Christos Bakolias-Costumes

Preview:   03/02/05
Open:   03/03/05
Close:   03/19/05

Schedule:
Opening night is Thursday, March 3 at 8:00 pm and shows will be on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm, and matinees will be on Saturday the 12 and 19th and Sunday the 6th and 13th, all at 3 pm. Call (718) 390-7163 for reservations and exact directions
Theater:   Impact Theatre
Address:   190 Underhill Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11225
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Cost:$15.00, $12.00 Students and Seniors
Michael Criscuolo (Macbeth) is an actor, writer, and director. From 1998 to 2001, he was Co-Artistic Director of Pilot House, The Theater Company, during which time he produced and appeared in their productions of Waiting for Godot, the world premiere of An Excerpt from the Cold Spring News by Don Jordan, Twelfth Night, My Head Was a Sledgehammer, and Dark Rapture. Other New York stage credits include As You Like It, The Bald Soprano, and Down the Road. Michael's film and TV credits include Woody Allen's Sweet and Lowdown, The Sopranos, and Third Watch. In the fall of 2003, he directed Sweet William Collective's inaugural production, Parts Unknown by Ron Fitzgerald. Michael is a native New Yorker and a graduate of LaGuardia High School, NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, and Playwrights Horizons Theatre School.

Gyda Arber Lady Macbeth
Gyda Arber (Lady Macbeth) was inspired by the movie The Wizard of Oz to take up performing at the tender age of three. After working as a child performer with San Francisco's Children's Opera Company for many years, in high school Gyda starred in many of her school productions (following in the footsteps of Lowell High School's Benjamin Bratt and Carol Channing) and studied with Guinness Book champion tapper Rosie Radiator and famed vocal coach to the stars (including Barbra Streisand) Judy Davis. Her studies continued with her acceptance into NYU's prestigious musical theatre program. After four years of intensive study, Gyda emerged onto the off-off Broadway scene, performing with such companies as Gorilla Rep, Inverse Theater, Pilot House, and 13th Street Rep. In 2003 she became a reviewer for nytheatre.com, which has allowed her to give her opinions on theatre throughout the city.

www.gydaarber.com

Laura Mae Baker Addict Witch \ Young Macduff

Laura Mae has lived in New York City for 13 lucky years and feels she has finally earned the right to call herself a genuine New Yorker and Shakespeare nerd. Credits include OFF BROADWAY: Alice in Wonderland (Alice) OFF-OFF BROADWAY: You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown (Lucy), Spoiled Cherries (Emma -original cast), Into the Woods (Rapunzel), Polly Princess and the Penniless Fry Cook (Gabby Godmother),  Cinderella (Stepsister), Donna’s Late Night Shakespeare Cabaret (Emcee & Touchstone), Loves Labours Lost (Jaquenneta), King Lear (Curan, u/s Cordelia), Macbeth (Witch 1 / Lady Macduff), Oh! Pioneers (Birdie Hutchinson) TOURS and REGIONAL: New England Shakespeare Festivals’ Comedie of Errors (Domio of Ephesus),  A Christmas Carol (Tiny Tim) with American Family Theater, Timon of Athens (The Poet) & All’s Well That Ends Well (Diana ) with Hudson Shakespeare. Laura Mae is a proud member of the Spontaneous Shakespeare Players  www.spontaneousshakespeare.com/ and  has played multiple parts in their productions of Twelfth Night, Midsommer Nights Dream, Taming of the Shrew, Richard III and Macbeth. She dedicates every performance in her life to her mother, Carol.

Kimberly Rae Miller Derelict Witch \ Lady in Red
Kimberly Rae Miller (Witch 2, Lady in Red) recently performed as another of Shakespeare's treasured hags in Romeo & Juliet as The Nurse. Kim has been busy performing at comedy clubs with The Revolution Improv and The Gin Soaked Cats. She originated the role of Paige Trooperettes, which will see its second production this summer with The Crucible of American Theatre. Kim is happy to be working with Michael Hagins again with whom she performed with as Titania in A Midsummer Night's Dream, and worked with while playing Cecily Cardew in The Importance of Being Earnest.

Robyn Berg Prostitute Witch \ Lady Macduff
Robyn Berg (Lady Macduff, Witch 3) is no stranger to The Bard. Last year, she played Olivia in Twelfth Night (Waterloo Bridge Playhouse) and prior to that she has played such roles at Nerissa in The Merchant of Venice (Tinfish Theatre, Chicago) and Mistress Page in The Merry Wives of Windsor (Bradley University--where she earned her BA in Theatre Performance and Radio/Video Communications). Robyn also studies with John Basil at The American Globe Theatre in New York City. Currently, she is directing an adaptation of a novella entitled Street Angel for IS62 and Marquis Studios, an organization for which she is a teaching artist.

www.robynberg.com

Patrick J. Egan (Duncan and Old Man) has stage credits which include Prospero in The Tempest, Kent in King Lear, Sex is a Three Letter Word at The Producers Club, Loyalties and Memorial at the Pelican Theater and The Last Man Standing, as the Last Man. He has performed in independent films and improv showcases including those with Gotham City Improv. He is a graduate of William Esper Studio.
Chris Cusano Fleance
Chris Cusano (Fleance) is from Syracuse, NY and is thrilled to be making his debut at the Impact Theatre. This is his first Shakespeare play and could not have asked for a more dedicated and talented cast and director to share this experience with.

Anthony Carter Macduff
Anthony Carter began his career as a singing ram in a Christmas pageant. In addition to acting, Anthony has also performed as a blues and jazz singer and stand-up comic. His favorite roles include Macduff in "Macbeth", Mercutio in "Romeo and Juliet" and the Nazi he performs in his own one-man show. Thanks to Colette Duvall, the best acting teacher in the universe, and Michael Hagins, one of the most passionate and committed persons in the world. He looks forward to touring with his one-man show.
Jani M. Rodrigues Donalbain
Jani M. Rodrigues has appeared on stage and screen. Her most recent work was Donalbain in CAGE Theatre Company's production of "Macbeth" and a short video, "Lucky Me." She has been acting since the age of 11 and dancing since the age of 5. Her recent dance focus has been on the art of Flamenco. She would like to thank Michael Hagins and the cast for sharing their talents and smiles. As always, many thanks to her family and friends for their steadfast support and love
Christopher L. McAllister, I. (King Duncan) has an international background in stage, film, television, dance, skydiving, and music, and he spends his life challenging audiences' preconceptions. Originally from Memphis, TN, and having studied at Duke University, Christopher's recent performance repertoire includes jazz dance, being featured in 3 films, a national television commercial directed by John Sayles, and appearances on Comedy Central. He also gave one of 6 keynote addresses at the United Nations on September 11, 2003. His talents include animation characters, voiceovers, print campaigns, and he was named Manhattan's Most Eligible Bachelor.

Robert Glasser Thane of Ross
Robert Glasser (Ross) has appeared in numerous independent films and stage productions. He most recently played Buckingham in the Mad Prophet Theatre's "Richard III." He has a B.A. in History from Yale and studied acting in New York at the T. Schreiber Studio and the Barrow Group School. "Macbeth" is his Brooklyn Shakespeare debut (many thanks to his director Michael H.).

Clark Main Seyton
Clark Main (Seyton) is doing his first production at the Impact Theatre and marks his third time working with director Michael Hagins. Clark can also be seen in the short film Gentleman from Left Field, which is currently being considered for the LA Film Festival. Thank you to everyone in the cast for a great run!

Synge Maher Porter

Synge Maher hails originally from Denver, CO and has enjoyed  working as both an actor and director in professional theatre for the last decade. Some favorite roles include Nanny in Baby with the Bathwater, Ophelia in Somethin' Rotten, the Porter in Macbeth and most recently Inspector Franco Raynier for the smash hit Thoroughly Stupid Things.


Michael Hagins Director, Fight Choreographer

Michael Hagins has been rejuvenated by this very special production of Hamlet!  Michael is the artistic director of CAGE, and has produced 25 shows in the past 6 years.  In addition, he has directed over 50 shows and acted in over 150 shows and built the fights for twice as many!  His latest work includes the Fringe Festival production of The Girl with her Hands in the Sand, CAGE productions Taming of the Shrew, The Shape of Things, Quest of the Hero!, Hit and Match, and TND productions of The Merchant of Venice.  Michael would like to thank his amazing cast for their true love and dedication, Jon Ciccarelli for the concept and the beginnings, and you for reading this and supporting the arts!