Cincinnati Shakespeare Company to Present Shakespeare’s Infamous Tragedy, MACBETH

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Kelly Mengelkoch as Lady Macbeth. Photo by Mikki Schaffner Photography.

Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s Miranda McGee to make her mainstage directorial debut with Macbeth. Opening April 5th at Cincinnati Shakespeare Company

Cincinnati, March 15, 2019 – Cincinnati Shakespeare Company continues its 25th Anniversary Season at The Otto M. Budig Theater with William Shakespeare’s Macbeth. The production is directed by Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s Associate Artist Miranda McGee and features a 21 person cast featuring CSC Resident Ensemble Members Giles Davies as Macbeth, Kelly Mengelkoch as Lady Macbeth, Grant Niezgodski as Macduff, and Justin McCombs as Banquo. Macbeth is generously sponsored by Kelley & David Downing, Judge (Ret.) Mark P. Painter & Sue Ann Painter, the Pete Strange Family, as well as PNC Bank and Taft Law.

CSC is very pleased to have Miranda McGee as our director for Macbeth. Ms. McGee is originally from Australia and credits her love of all things horror, including her favorite of Shakespeare’s plays,Macbeth, to her favorite author, Stephen King. Ms. McGee has worked regionally with The Howmet Playhouse, PMD Productions, Essential Theatre, Long Wharf Theatre and The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey. Locally, she has worked with Know Theatre, The Carnegie, The Covedale, Clifton Performance Theatre, Madcap Puppets, OTRImprov, and as adjunct faculty at Xavier University. Ms. McGee is celebrating a decade with Cincinnati Shakespeare Company this year, and some of her favorite CSC roles include Emilia (Othello), Lucy (Dracula), Beatrice (Much Ado), The Gaoler’s Daughter (Two Noble Kinsmen) and her teaching roles with Cincy Shakes’ Education Programs PROJECT38 and Groundlings Junior. Macbeth will be her mainstage directorial debut after successfully directing FREE Shakespeare in the Park productions over the past few summers.

Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s production of Macbeth is set in Scotland between the years 1644 and 1645 with timeless elements of horror and supernatural when the witches are present. When the noble Scottish Lord Macbeth sees a path to power open up before him, he is determined to trod that path to its bloody end, consequences (and maybe himself) be damned. With his ruthless wife at his side, the two plot a Machiavellian course to put and to keep Macbeth on the Scottish throne. Shakespeare’s heart-pounding thrill ride of a play is a harrowing exploration of ambition, morality, tyranny and corruption.

The creative team is made up of Justen Locke (Scenic and Lighting Designer), Douglas J. Borntrager (Sound and Video Designer), Cal Harris (Video Content Creator), Darnell Pierre Benjamin (Movement Coach), and Rainy Edwards (Costume Designer). They are joined by Fight Choreographer, Gina Cerimele-Mechley.

Macbeth runs April 5-May 4, 2019 with performances on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30 PM and Sundays at 2:00 PM, as well as Saturday April 20th, and May 4th at 2:00 PM.  Preview performances are Wednesday, April 3rd and Thursday, April 4th at 7:30 PM and tickets are $30.  Advance sale single ticket prices start at $28.  Day-of Student Rush tickets are $14 and may be purchased thirty minutes before a show with a valid student ID if available. This production is a part of this season’s subscription package. Visa, Discover, MasterCard, and American Express are accepted. Ticketing fees apply.  To purchase tickets or for more information, call the CSC Box Office at 513.381.BARD (2273) ext. 1, or go online at http://www.cincyshakes.com. 

On Saturday, April 27 and Sunday, April 28 bring your younger kids (4+) for artist-led childcare DURING the performance! The “Playdate” program is only $15 and free for subscribers. The option to add this program will be available as you are buying tickets for either of these show dates. Activities will range from storytime to theatre games and crafts. Share the great benefits of CSC’s programming with your children: Playdate will style activities to correspond with each production, so even your youngest can join in the discussion on the ride home!

Cincinnati Shakespeare Company is located at The Otto M. Budig Theater at 1195 Elm Street in OTR, adjacent to Washington Park.  There are many parking spaces available on the street and in nearby lots and garages- for more information visit http://www.otrchamber.com/pages/WheretoPark.

CSC also offers Valet Parking for every performance! Make reservations for $15 in advance when purchasing tickets or visit www.cincyshakes.com/parking. Purchasing in advance guarantees a spot at the discounted rate of $15 (vs. $20+ at the curb).  Valet is available right at the corner of 12th and Elm Street in front of the theater and begins approx. 1.5 hours before a performance. Cars can be picked up for up to one hour following a performance. (After one hour, you will need to arrange pick up with the valet service directly.) The valet will have your name on the list after you purchase- it’s that easy!

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About Cincinnati Shakespeare Company:
Cincinnati Shakespeare Company is a professional theatre company dedicated to bringing Shakespeare and the classics to life for audiences of all ages.  In the summer of 2017, the theater relocated to the Otto M. Budig Theater, a brand new facility in OTR. CSC’s repertoire is made up of the works of William Shakespeare, literary adaptations, and contemporary classics.  CSC performs on a Small Professional Theatre contract with Actors’ Equity Association. Cincinnati Shakespeare is a member of the Theater Communications Group and the Shakespeare Theatre Association.  Each year, Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s Education and Outreach Programs reach over 50,000 young people and underserved community members each season by taking Shakespeare into schools, parks, community centers and by hosting educational matinees of mainstage productions.  In 2015, CSC was proud to become one of the first five theaters in the United States to “Complete the Canon” by producing all 38 plays by William Shakespeare. CSC is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization and all donations are tax deductible.  Cincinnati Shakespeare Company is proud to be Cincinnati’s stage for the classics!

About The 2018-2019 25th Anniversary Season:
The season is generously sponsored by The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation.  The 25th Anniversary sponsor is the The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, JR./U.S. Bank Foundation.  This season is funded by ArtsWave.  Cincinnati Shakespeare Company receives operating support from The Ohio Arts Council, the Shubert Foundation.  The season’s marketing design sponsor is POSSIBLE. The Ohio Arts Council helped fund this program/organization with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. Production dates and information on the season are available online at www.cincyshakes.com.

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