Ghosts and witches, prophesies and curses plunge Macbeth and his Lady into a world of evil in the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival’s 14th annual WillPower touring production. Shakespeare’s brilliant tragedy runs for three performances at DeSales University October 9, 10, and 18, and tours to schools throughout the state until November 22.
For the sixth year, PSF was awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), which has helped WillPower log 12,000+ miles and serve 40 of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties. PSF’s WillPower tour is part of Shakespeare for a New Generation, a national program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.
“No one is born liking Shakespeare,” says Producing Artistic Director Patrick Mulcahy. “One must be properly introduced in performance.”
The centerpiece of PSF’s educational programming, the WillPower Tour has performed at 150+ schools, and for 130,000+ students since its inception in 2000. The tour meets multiple state standards, and includes an 80-minute production with set and costumes, trained actor-teachers, workshops, and a classroom study guide.
With scenic design by six-time Emmy winner Bob Phillips and costumes designed by Marla Jurglanis, Macbeth is directed by Gina Lamparella, whose Broadway acting credits include Phantom of the Opera, Fiddler on the Roof, Les Misérables and others. Rick Sordelet, whose 56 Broadway credits include The Lion King and Beauty and the Beast, creates fight choreography.
Replete with some of Shakespeare’s most commonly known phrases, Macbeth reveals a world of evil: [Read more…]