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Theater dept. press release   Date: 12/2/10 Bookmark and Share

Theater Class to Present Fast and Furious Macbeth

“Look like the innocent flower/But be the serpent under it.”—sage advice by Lady Macbeth

Northampton, Mass.— Don’t let the title fool you. Skinny Shakespeare…The Scottish Play, an upcoming adaptation of the Bard’s famous bloodbath, Macbeth, will offer up all the murderous ambition, creepy fortune-telling witches, visions of bloody daggers and vengeful ghosts in the original.

"Double, double toil and trouble..." The three witches from Skinny Shakespeare.

Skinny Shakespeare, directed by Ellen Kaplan, professor of theatre, is a collaboration among students in her Advanced Shakespeare course. Performances will take place December 8 through 11, at 8 p.m. in Hallie Flanagan Studio Theatre, Mendenhall Center.

The Advanced Shakespeare students play multiple roles in the play, in addition to serving as assistant director, sound and lighting designer, stage manager, make-up artist, stage crew, house manager, and helping with ticket sales and do publicity.

“I wanted the set for this play to reflect the darkness and destruction going on in Macbeth’s inner world,” said Kaplan, “to look like a world where only demons and devils could exist. Even the famous trio of witches are portrayed and costumed as birds of prey–vultures.”

Kaplan, who teaches acting and directing, recently directed Smith productions, including Las Meninas (2009) and Cuentos de Eva Luna (2009), a play that she translated from Spanish and adapted for the stage from the novel by Isabel Allende.

Set designer Edward Check, who teaches set and production design for theatre and film, recently art-directed the film Sex and the City:The Movie. During the HBO series of the same name he art-directed the first four seasons of the show, at which time he received two Emmy nominations for Best Art Direction.

The play’s costume designer Stella Schwartz ’11 recently designed costumes for Smith’s spring main stage production, Tricky Wicked Bitch.

All performances are free. The Wednesday, Dec. 8, performance is an open dress rehearsal, which will give a glimpse of what goes on behind the scenes.

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