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Millennium Milestones - Macbeth and Maria Marten
The Eastern 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.
Eastern 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 Eastern actors to perform in this production and will offer workshops in methods of mastering the Bard. They will be joined by Eastern graduates, Thayer Kitchen and Mike Lessard, who are performing in Macbeth in Arundel this summer! They will be in the Eastern 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.