Women dominate in BU Players’ ‘Macbeth’

For Immediate Release:  Oct. 20, 2014

BLOOMSBURG— Women dominate the stage in the Bloomsburg University Players’ performance of William Shakespeare’s “Macbeth,” which will run from Wednesday to Sunday, Nov. 5 to 9, at the Alvina Krause Theatre, 226 Center St., Bloomsburg.

The curtain will rise Wednesday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. Tickets are free to BU students, $6 for adults and $4 for students and seniors.

BU Players Macbeth

Of the 19 student actors involved in “Macbeth,” 15 are female. Most of the women are playing male characters, including Macbeth himself, played by senior Kellyanne Klause. The play’s famous witches are played by men.

“This is a world in which women rule,” said director and assistant professor of theatre David A. Miller.

Other actors include Kelly Oberlin, Kayla Sabol, Emily Miller, DreLand Goar, Nate Stosius and Bry Kifolo. Communication Studies Professor Kara Shultz’s 11-year-old son, Zach, appears as the son of Macduff.

In adapting the play for the BU Players, Miller referred to theatre director Harley Granville Barker’s “Macbeth, Prefaces to Shakespeare Series” in which he says “if Shakespeare’s mind was ever plagued by the doctrine of hell hereafter, this play might well be his comment on it. He puts hell here. Macbeth, the man, is a study in self-damnation.”

Fight scenes featured prominently in the play were choreographed by Samantha Norton-Philips, a regular performer with Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble (BTE) who taught students in a Stage Combat course last fall. The stage manager for the production is Michael Yerges, a BU alumnus and BTE’s production stage manager, with lighting design by Bruce Candlish, associate professor; sound design by guest artist Heath Hansum of Bucknell University; and scenic design by Miller, who is also directing.

The BU Players invite audience members to learn more about the production by following them on Facebook (facebook.com/buplayers) and Twitter (twitter.com/buplayers or @buplayers).

Advance tickets are available at the Haas Center Box Office at 570-389-4340. For more information about the BU Players, visit buplayers.org.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university, celebrating 175 years of excellence in 2014, serves approximately 10,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.