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Sept. 19, 2001
 
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'MACBETH' TO OPEN SUNY OSWEGO THEATRE SEASON
OSWEGO -- "Double, double, toil and trouble" will be brewing at SUNY Oswego's Waterman Theatre as the college theatre department opens its 2001-02 season with William Shakespeare's "Macbeth" on Friday, Oct. 12.
Director and theatre department Chair Mark Cole wanted to take a bold and innovative approach to the 16th-century play's mix of the supernatural, psychological and political threads.
Joe Rial, new to the theatre department from Hawaii, is designing the scenery. "The show's director, Mark Cole, decided not do the production in a Scottish castle of old, but rather with an early 20th-century flavor," Rial said. "I've chosen to use the image of Stonehenge on the Salisbury plains in England, which has all of the elements of an old castle, is Celtic in origin and represents an old tradition."
"City-Kludge" will also be incorporated into the set design, Rial said. "City Kludge is what I call those bits of conduit and electrical junction boxes that seem to be arbitrarily attached to walls and buildings, the mass of webbing and wire that we string onto telephone poles," Rial explained. "It grows on our world like a vine, and it is that ugliness that begins to grow in Macbeth."
Costume designer for "Macbeth" is Kitty Macey, and lighting director is Johan Godwaldt.
Playing Macbeth will be Ethan VanAuken, seen most recently in the spring production of "Angels in America." Lady Macbeth will be played by Jennifer McNiven, fresh off her portrayal of Tuptim in Waterman Summer Theatre's production of "The King and I" at SUNY Oswego.
Local children Allison Vanouse, Billy Darvill and Tiemen Godwaldt will play the children of Macduff. Vanouse and Darvill were also in "The King and I" cast this summer. Darvill and Godwaldt will share the role of Macduff's son.
"Macbeth" will play at 8 p.m. Oct. 12, 13, 19 and 20, with a 2:30 p.m. matinee performance Sunday, Oct. 21. Tickets are available through the Tyler Hall box office by calling 312-2141 or by e-mailing tylerbxo@oswego.edu.
Rounding out the fall lineup at SUNY Oswego will be "The House of Yes" Nov. 13 to 18 and the returning Renaissance Madrigal Banquet co-sponsored with the music department Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 and 2.
For more information on SUNY Oswego theatre productions, visit www.oswego.edu or call the Tyler Hall box office.
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