From October 13-17, NU Theatre presents The Macbeth Insurgency (Shakespeare Deconstructed) to launch its 53rd season.

Adapted and directed by associate professor and associate director of NU Theatre, Doug Zschiegner, The Macbeth Insurgency takes center stage at the university’s Leary Theatre. Shakespeare wrote the murderous Macbeths to ask the same questions about the terrorist plots and religious divisions of his day. And he put history’s most famous upwardly mobile couple into a world of suspicion, secret attacks and double-talk that looks a lot like ours.

In the 400th year since his death, this adaptation takes apart Shakespeare and adds contemporary staging, video and movement for a fast-paced thriller that asks old questions in a new way.

The Macbeth Insurgency (Shakespeare Deconstructed) will be on stage in the Leary Theatre within the Elizabeth Ann Clune Center for Theatre, Clet Hall, at 7 p.m. on Oct. 13 and 17 and at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 14 and 15, with 2 p.m. matinees Oct.15 and 16.

Costume, hair and makeup design is by Maureen T. Stevens, associate professor/costume, hair and makeup designer. Light design is by associate professor/scenic designer and production manager David Dwyer and sound coordination is by adjunct faculty member Glenn Bernardis. Stage manager is theatre design/production major Keelin Higgins of Clarence, N.Y. Assistant stage manager is theatre performance major Ronnie Stewart of Kenmore, N.Y.

Niagara University theatre performance majors who are in the cast include: Brendan Didio (Macbeth) of Oneida, N.Y.; Kevin Trala (Banquo) of Lackawanna, N.Y.; Nicholas Edwards (Duncan) of Colchester, Conn.; Jonathan O’Rourke (Malcolm) of Buffalo, N.Y.; Johnny Barden IV (Macduff) of Buffalo, N.Y.; Elijah Vazquez (Ross) of Hammond, Ind.; Ashton DeCaro (Fleance) of Buffalo, N.Y.; Ember Tate (Lady Macbeth) of Corona, Calif.; Cassidy Kreuzer (1stSister) of Cheektowaga, N.Y.; Mersedez Hoover (2nd Sister) of Beaver, Pa.; and Anika Desire Shariana Pace (3rd Sister) of Buffalo, N.Y.

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