Marlboro, VT— The production of Macbeth: A Deed Without Name, an original adaptation of Shakespeare’s Scottish play, will be performed Thursday, March 3, and Friday, March 4, at 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, March 5, at 3:00 p.m. in Whittemore Theater at Marlboro College.
Adapted by seniors Sarah Seagrave and Alexander Millard (who also directed), MacBeth: A Deed Without Name provides a different perspective on Shakespeare’s classic work.
In the hands of playwrights Seagrave and Millard, the story of Macbeth includes an exploration of the vicious cycle of violence. Contemporary themes are invokes through the inclusion of poetry that addresses international conflicts, war and the use of violence by Rafael Alberti, Philippe Soupault, John Wain, Edmund Blunden and Wilfred Owen.
The production’s conception, from start to finish, is also a departure from traditional theatrical procedures. Using an innovative technique known as collaborative theater, director Millard encouraged ideas and input from everyone involved in the process, including technical crew, directors and actors. Actors helped to prepare the sets, while technical crew often filled in for small roles, and some, like the assistant dramaturge, will perform a small role. Every collaborating member, including a number of students who are not theatrical majors, has helped the production become a collective achievement.
Millard and Seagrave hope that their adaptation, which also includes a changed time- frame and additional characters, will offer new insight into this well-known masterpiece. “Honestly, there are so many people doing so much excellent work that it will really be something special,” says Millard.
This production is part of Seagrave and Millard’s senior Plan of Concentration, a self-designed rigorous exploration of an academic subject. Seagrave’s research project focuses on acting and dramaturgy, while Millard is concentrating on collaborative theater.
Collaborating cast members include seniors Alexander Millard, Sarah Seagrave, David Zimmer, Caitlyn Paxson, juniors Colin Bonnington, Hannah Curtin, Lisa Miskelly, Sarah Mutrux, Ann Sammis, sophomores Christopher Gabriel, Maggi Singleton, and freshman Emily Foster.
Founded in 1946, Marlboro College offers undergraduate education in the liberal arts and, since 1997, graduate study focused on Internet technologies. Its 330 undergraduate students enjoy an 8:1 student-faculty ratio, a voice in governing the community and individualized courses of study on a 350-acre campus in the hills of southern Vermont. Marlboro is a Colleges That Change Lives college.
The performance is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Elena Sharnoff, Marlboro College Public Affairs Officer, at (802) 251-7644. For cancellation information, please call the Events Hotline: (802) 451-7151.