The Scottish Play
Millennium Milestones – Macbeth and Maria Marten
The ECSU Fall 2001 Theatre season highlights our continued Millennium
Milestones in Theatre Series and our continued connection with the world of
professional British Theatre. Last year we featured works of the Spanish Golden Age
and the Italian Renaissance. We now offer Shakespeare’s Macbeth as homage to the
great works of Elizabethan England and then move to 19th century England with Burton’s
The Murder of Maria Marten (or The Red Barn). Tour de Force of England will be in
residence this fall as actors and directors of these productions. In fact, Tour de Force is
bringing an abridged version of Macbeth to our campus straight from its production at
the Arundel Festival in England.
ECSU Guest Artist James Simmons is starring as Macbeth. He along with
Arundel lead cast members, Director Joe Harmston and Musical Director Edward
Curtis will train ECSU actors to perform in this production and will offer
workshops in methods of mastering the Bard. They will be joined by ECSU
graduates, Thayer Kitchen and Mike Lessard, who are performing in Macbeth
in Arundel this summer! They will be in the ECSU production as well.
Importantly, please note that there will be a special daytime performance for
Connecticut schools so that they may take advantage of this British professional
production. Please call Ellen Brodie, Director of Theatre, at (860) 465-5122 for group
reservations for the Macbeth Mid-Day Matinee. Please call the Harry Hope Theatre
Box Office (860) 465-5123 to reserve tickets for The Murder of Maria Marten.