MACBETH

June 15 – July 22, 2017

MACBETH

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Barbara Zahora

Arrogance. Ego. Pride. Madness.

The order of the land has been upended. Uncertainty and fear are the new constants.

400 years ago, during a time of great political transition and upheaval, Shakespeare gave us a vehicle to pick up a mirror and examine the chaos and destruction that could be created by a tyrannical ruler.

Macbeth, Shakespeare’s blood-soaked and shortest tragedy, tells the story of a brave general who, consumed by ambition and fated promises, murders the King and seizes the throne for himself. Racked with guilt and fear, immediately he becomes a tyrannical ruler as he is forced to commit heinous crimes to protect himself from hostility and suspicion.

Full of furious battles and murderous whisperings, this summer Oak Park Festival Theatre brings you this timely, action-packed story of a country at war, and the bone-chilling lengths one man will go to for the sake of his own pride. 

DATES

JUNE 15 – JULY 22, 2017

Thurs-Sat at 8pm  |  Sun at 7pm  | PLUS Wed July 18th at 8pm

1st PREVIEW June 15th at 8pm | 2nd PREVIEW June 16th at 8pm (Community Appreciation night, free admission)
OPENING NIGHT Saturday, June 17th at 8pm

TICKETS

General admission $30 | Seniors $25 | Students $15 | Children under 12 & dogs free
Preview: $10

Questions: Call our Box office 708-445-4440

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Oak Park IL 60301

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THE CAST

Barbara Zahora (Penny Sycamore) joined the OPFT Artistic Associates in 2017, after directing their critically acclaimed Macbeth.  As an actor she has appeared as Maggie in Dancing at Lughnasa and several benefit performances of Belinda Bremner’s Mrs. Coney and Midwinter’s Tales.  Additional acting credits include All My Sons and Les Liaisons Dangereuses (American Players Theatre); Hamlet, Heartbreak House, A Little Night Music, and Misalliance (Writers’ Theatre); The Country Girl (Illinois Theatre Center); Marionette Macbeth, The Moliere Comedies, The Taming of the Shrew, As You Like It, Richard II, The School for Scandal, and All’s Well That Ends Well (Chicago Shakespeare Theater); Lady Windermere’s Fan(Northlight Theatre); A Christmas Carol, Wit (Goodman Theatre); Hard Times (Lookingglass Theatre); The Devil’s Disciple, Major Barbara, Coward in Two Keys, and What Every Woman Knows (ShawChicago); and many appearances with the Shakespeare Project of Chicago, where she is the current Associate Artistic Director.

Directing credits include Shrewish (Artemisia Theatre); Misalliance, Private Lives (ShawChicago); and Something Shawand Spoon River: Coming Home for the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University.  TV and film credits include Chicago Fire and Operator.

Barbara is a visiting assistant professor at Roosevelt University’s Chicago College for the Performing Arts, and she previously taught at Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music and North Central College.  She is represented by Paonessa Talent and is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association.  Love to George, always.

Chase McCurdy (Donald DePinna)Chase recently resettled in Oak Park and is thrilled make his debut at OPFT . He is a proud University of Oklahoma graduate and recently returned to Chicagoland after 2 years in the Houston area.  Most recently Chase was seen at Stages Repertory Theater in Houston as Karl in Big Fish and Oma in Panto Snow Queen: Unfrozen.  Other roles: Chicago: Metropolis PAC: Route 66 (Chase); Porchlight Music Theater: Miracle on 34th Street (Alfred/Bailiff); Circle Theater: Urinetown (Barrell); Ouroboros Theater: The Bible…Abridged (Chase), 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (William Barfée); Chicago Kids Company: Goldilocks…(Papa Bear) Pinocchio (Geppetto) Mrs. Claus (Mayor Giddy/Santa). Regional: Great Plains Theater (KS): Of Mice and Men (Lennie); McLeod Playhouse (IL): Producers (Franz Liebkind); Oklahoma Summer Shakespeare Chautauqua: Hamlet (Player King/Gravedigger/Ghost). Love to Joanna, Benjamin, and my family. A huge thank you to my new/old community of friends and neighbors here in Oak Park.

Debo Balogun (Tony Kirby) is thrilled to be back for his 2nd show with Oak Park Festival Theatre! You may have seen him at Austin Gardens last summer as Goodlack in THE FAIR MAID OF THE WEST. Past Chicago theatre credits include Nothing Without a Company, Definition Theatre Company, and First Folio Theatre. All the love in the world to the wonderful folk at OPFT, his friends, family, and mentors. He is represented by Gray Talent.

Erica Bittner (Essie Carmichael) Erica Bittner returns to OPFT where she’s appeared in A Dickens Carol, Pygmalion and Love’s Labours Lost.  Favorite credits include: King Charles III (Cardinal Stage Company); Bad Jews (Theatre Wit); The Madness of Edgar Allen Poe (First Folio Theatre); A Christmas Carol (Drury Lane); Richard III: No Beast So Fierce (Oracle Theatre); and work with Piven Theatre, Music Theatre Works, Redmoon, One Year Chekhov, GreatWorks, Chicago Dramatists, Victory Gardens, and Chicago Shakespeare Theater. International: The Two Noble Kinsmen (RADA) and Momentary Opera (Redmoon).  Television: Chicago Fire, American Greed.  Erica holds a BFA from the Chicago College of Performing Arts and a certificate from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Represented by Gray Talent Group.

Gage Wallace (Ed Carmichael) is thrilled to be working with Oak Park Festival Theatre for the first time! Gage is a proud Founding and Company Member with Red Theater Chicago. Recent Chicago Credits include: Pillars of the CommunityCymbeline (Strawdog Theatre); The White Road (Jeff Award Nomination – Ensemble), In a Little World of Our Own (Irish Theatre of Chicago); Ghosts (Mary Arrchie Theatre Co.); Cookie Play (Trap Door Theatre); Taste (Jeff Award – Principal Actor), Year of the RoosterDylan, and Red Hamlet (Red Theater Chicago). www.gagewallace.com

Tyler Meredith (Alice Sycamore) is thrilled to be making her Oak Park Festival Theatre debut. Other Chicago credits include: The Tempest, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Chicago Shakespeare Theater); Mystery of Love and Sex (Writers Theatre); Spinning (Irish Theatre of Chicago); Goldfish (Route 66 Theatre Company); Mai Dang Lao (Sideshow Theatre Company); Romeo and Juliet (Teatro Vista); Celebration (A Red Orchid Theatre); Letters Home (Griffin Theatre Company); It’s A Wonderful Life: The Radio Play (American Theatre Company); Twelfth Night, Top Girls, As You Like It (The Arc Theatre) Two Gentlemen of Verona (Muse of Fire Theatre Company); Titus Andronicus, Macbeth, King John, As You Like It, Romeo and Juliet (Backroom Shakespeare Project); and has worked regionally with Montana Shakespeare in the Parks. She is a graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy, The School at Steppenwolf, and holds a BFA from the University of Illinois-Chicago. Tyler is an Artistic Associate of Route 66 Theatre Company and is represented by Grossman & Jack Talent.

Scott Westerman (Paul Sycamore) is a freelance theatre director, actor, teacher, and new works facilitator based in Chicago. Acting credits include work with Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, The Shakespeare Theatre Company, Ford’s, Everyman, the Warehouse, the Barter, Northlight Theatre, The Artistic Home, Chicago Dramatists, Strawdog, Lifeline, Stage Left, Apple Tree, A Crew of Patches, Mary Arrchie, Festival Theatre of Oak Park, and Reverie. Film credits include Machine Gun Preacher and Prison Break. Scott has an MFA in Classical Acting from The Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Academy for Classical Acting at The George Washington University. Love to Abby and Milo.  ScottWesterman.org

Jack Hickey (“Grandpa” Vanderhof ) Last year Jack played Col. Pickering in Pygmalion and Gremio in The Taming of the Shrew. The Macbeth is his 23rd production with the company and this season marks his 15th year as Artistic Director. Acting roles with the Festival include Sheriff Heck Tate in our acclaimed production of To Kill A Mockingbird, King Claudius in Hamlet, Sir Toby Belch in Twelfth Night, Charlie in Seascape. He was nominated for an Equity Jeff Award playing Michael in Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me, other roles have been Henry Drummond in Inherit the Wind, Falstaff in The History of King Henry the Fourth, Fluellen in Henry V, Teddy in Faith Healer, Friar Lawrence in Romeo and Juliet, Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and the title role in Cyrano de Bergerac. Jack is company member of ShawChicago and appeared there last season as John Tarleton in Missaliance, Sir Rupert Watlington Pipps in Jeeves Intervenes, and Alfred Mangan in Heartbreak House. In other seasons he appeared as William the Waiter in You Never Can Tell and the Russian Commissar in Geneva. Andrew Undershaft in the critically acclaimed, Major Barbara, The Devil in Don Juan in Hell, Alfred Doolittle in Pygmalion, Lickcheese in Widower’s Houses, as well as roles in Mrs. Warren’s Profession,  Man and Superman, St. Joan, Androcles and the Lion, Candida, The Philanderer, The Doctor’s Dilemma, The Apple Cart, and John Bull’s Other Island. He played Falstaff in The Merry Wives of Windsor with The Shakespeare Project. Prospero in The Tempest with The Backroom Shakespeare Project and Claude in Heroes with the Illinois Theatre Center. TV credits: Chicago Med and Unsolved Mysteries.

Jeri Marshall (Mrs. Kirby) is thrilled to be returning the Chicago area, making her Oak Park Theatre debut. Her Chicago credits include Good Person of Szechwan (Cor Theatre). She understudied A Wonder in My Soul (Victory Gardens Theatre) and Short Shakes: Midsummer Night’s Dream (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre). Regional Credits include The Tin Woman (Theatre at the Center), A Christmas Carol and To The Promised Land (Children’s Theatre of Madison). TV Credits: Chicago Med (NBC). She holds an M.F.A. in acting from the DePaul Theatre School and is represented by Gray Talent Group.

Kent Joseph (Boris Kolenkhov) Kent loves playing “big” characters with heart. His favorite roles include Chief Bromden (One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, The Gift Theatre) as well as Horton the Elephant (Seussical the Musical, Footlighters Theatre Co.) Santa/Father Christmas (various shows/venues.), and even God (Children of Eden, Stahl Family Theatre). He is also tickled pink to return to OPFT where he played the robust Captain Carbon in Cyrano and the dimwitted Gravend in Robin Hood. Kent would like to dedicate this performance in the memory of his mentor Patrick O’Gara (former Artistic Director of OPFT). For more info: kentjoseph.weebly.com

Lizzie Bourne (Rheba) Lizzie Bourne makes her debut not only with OPFT, but in Chicago. An immigrant from London, she is using her American citizenship to see how you guys do it over here, because she reckons she CAN take it with her.  Theatre credits include: Dough! (Creative Scene); The Picture of Dorian Gray (White Bear); The Glorious Damnation of Eddie Small (Union Theatre/Bedlam); Much Ado About Nothing (Blenheim Palace).  R&D includes: everything that rises must dance (Complicite), I AM BEAST (Sparkle and Dark).  Radio: Home Front (BBC Radio 4).  Film: The Falling (BBC, Carol Morley), Ramanujan.  Lizzie trained in Acting at the Oxford School of Drama, holds a BA(Hons) from The University of Nottingham, and an MSc from The University of Edinburgh. She’d like to thank the Wilson/Reynolds and the Muellers, without whom she would not be having this much fun.

Sarafina Vecchio (Grand Duchess Olga Katrina/ Gay Wellington) returns to OPFT where she was last seen in The Taming of the Shrew. She is a teaching artist in Chicago and a new Oak Park resident. She has most recently worked with Metropolis, The Other Theatre Co., Speaking Ring and Janus Theatre, where she has been an ensemble member and educator since 2003. Film Credits: Flat Chested, Finding Hope. She holds a PGA in Teaching Shakespeare from the University of Warwick and a Bachelor’s from Roosevelt University. She is represented by Paonessa Talent. Visit www.SarafinaVecchio.com

(Mr. Henderson)

CHRISTOPHER W. JONES (Macduff) is thrilled to make his OPFT debut! Other Chicago credits include Captain Blood! (First Folio Theatre), Romeo & Juliet (Teatro Vista), and Miss Holmes (Lifeline Theatre). In 2016 he received an MFA in Acting from The Theatre School at DePaul University where he appeared in The Translation of Likes, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, The Day John Henry Came to School, Elemeno Pea, and In The Heights. Regional credits include: Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Spotlighters Theatre); Superior Donuts and Stop Kiss (Fells Point Corner Theatre); Much Ado About Nothing, Comedy of Errors, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, (Baltimore Shakespeare Factory). TV credits include: APB (FOX).

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