RELEASE DATE: April 16, 2013

Double rehearsals are well underway, as opening night rapidly approaches for Heartwood's modern day version of “Macbeth.” Embedded in the acting ensemble are several actors new to Heartwood, a natural evolution as Heartwood grows more and more regional.

Director Griff Braley notes, “We have a healthy mix of regular Heartwood actors and newcomers, providing both familiar and new relationships. Precisely because the actors do not all know one another, we must focus on working together, creating a close ensemble and exchanging new talents, ideas and energy. These new relationships stimulate creativity.”

Dana Wieluns, part of the witch ensemble and movement consulting for “Macbeth” is a professional actress and movement coach with 20 years of ensemble work in LA, NY and internationally, currently Co-Artistic Director of Ziggurat Theatre Ensemble in Bowdoinham.

“I am excited to be working with this talented, committed group of artists on such an innovative production. The rehearsal process is amazing-- the interplay of action, arresting images and hypnotic soundscape is electrifying for the performers. This is truly a MACBETH for our times, like nothing I've seen before,” explains Wieluns.

In the role of Banquo and fight directing for this show is Mark Bedell. “This will be my first time acting for Griff, though I have done fight directing for Heartwood since 2007. I've fight directed many productions of 'Macbeth' around the country. but THIS production will be unique in many ways! Griff brings a technical sophistication to Shakespeare, of which I'm excited to be a part!”

Chris Davis is on the job full time, creating a very young version of Macbeth. Originally from Falmouth, Davis graduated from the Atlantic Acting School Conservatory (NYC), studied theater abroad and has acted in more than 15 productions in NYC. Having actually moved to the area for the rehearsal and production process, Davis has an inside view of the community.

“Within 5 minutes of meeting Griff for the first time last November, I immediately felt welcome and comfortable. Damariscotta has become a special place for me. It's a community filled with artists; no wonder a theater like Heartwood is here! Its people are incredible, and they do incredible theater.”

JP Guimont of Portland, is playing his first reprisal of a role, as Macduff, which he first played last fall, with Freeport Factory Stage. No stranger to Shakespearean roles, he has acted with Portland Stage Company, Theater at Monmouth, and in the Freeport Shakespeare Festival.

“Heartwood promotes a spirit of collaboration,” explains Braley, “where talented artists from diverse backgrounds work together around a common goal. We're comfortable in this mix of new and familiar actors … but not too comfortable. The level of creativity here is exciting, and we are re-discovering the timelessness of Shakespeare's genius writing.”

“Something wicked this way comes.” It’s Heartwood’s “Macbeth.” Don't miss it! Show content suitable for adults and mature teens.

Show sponsors: Cheney Insurance Agency and Newcastle Square Realty. Season sponsor: Bath Savings Institution.

“Macbeth” runs April 26, 27 and May 3, 4, 9-11 at 7:30 pm with one 3:00 matinee, Sunday, May 5 in the Parker Poe Theater, Newcastle. Tickets are $10/students, $20/adults (advance), $22 (at the door). Reservations: 563-1373 or boxoffice@heartwoodtheater.org. For details/directions visit www.heartwoodtheater.org.


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